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Police Department Bows to BLM, Removes Major Emblem for Being 'Tool of Oppression'

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A self-righteous white supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement took to social media to gloat this weekend that she got a police department to remove the “thin blue line” emblem that has long been used to represent the service that officers of the peace perform for a civil society.

And just like that, racism was solved.

Alpha News reported that Hannah Kosloski of Sartell, Minnesota, celebrated the news that the Sartell Police Department was removing its decals and flags thanks to a Change.org petition she created demanding the imagery, which she declared was used as a “tool of oppression,” be removed from police vehicles in the town.

“I just received confirmation that the Sartell Police Department will be removing the ‘Thin Blue Line’ decals AND the flag inside the police department!! Woohoo! This is a great day folks!” Kosloski wrote in a Thursday Facebook post, according to Alpha News.

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Her petition garnered a whopping 601 signatures.

While Kosloski did take pains to express respect and appreciation for the Sartell Police Department, she claimed that the “thin blue line” had been co-opted by racists and used to “mock” people of color in the community, which she noted was 90 percent white.

“Although it is not the intent of the Sartell PD, flying and adorning the thin blue line flag directly isolates our community members of color and makes a mockery of the Black Lives Matter movement,” her petition read. “The flag no longer just means solidarity and sacrifice. It is now used as a tool of oppression and hatred by pro-policing groups like ‘Blue Lives Matter’ in response to calls of racial injustice, police brutality, and systemic racism towards Black people in our communities.”

“We all need to be taking direct action to learn, re-learn, and asses our own racial bias in order to address national systemic issues that exist in our own backyards,” she continued in the petition, dutifully reciting the religious tenants of critical race theory, which essentially asserts that white people must recognize and repent of their inherent, inescapable racism lest they be perpetually branded as white supremacists and shunned by the morally superior progressive establishment.

And Kosloski certainly has earned herself quite a few years off her sentence in racist purgatory with this substantial act of penance and atonement, no doubt.

“After reviewing your request with the Police Department and other City staff, we write this letter to inform you that the City is removing the Thin Blue Line flag decals on the police squad cars and the Thin Blue Line flag from the Sartell Public Safety facility,” an attorney for the city wrote to the ACLU on Thursday.

Alpha News noted that the prominent left-wing group was apparently recruited by the eager local activist to join her arbitrarily symbolic cause.

However, Kosloski was adamant that these repentant city officials could claim no moral high ground, as they’d taken far too long to accommodate her demands (or something).

“You do not to to credit. You were apart of this. You instead actively choose to prioritize yourself over your community,” she declared. “We watched you. We are continuing to watch you.”



Grace is not a common attribute of today’s militant social justice warriors, and there’s a good chance that for all her heated rhetoric and demands that this small Minnesota flag take pro-police decals off its police cars, a radical leftist of higher rank would throw Kosloski under the bus as an apostate in a second were they to have any reason to believe she had done, said, or thought the wrong thing at some point in her life.

Here’s what’s wrong with all of this: The premise of the Black Lives Matter movement is that police are inherently racist.

Thus, the movement has fallaciously branded every group or argument that disagrees with this assertion as perpetuating systemic racism in policing and white supremacy as a whole, which is as erroneous as it is ridiculous.

No, asserting that police are necessary for maintaining a civil, lawful society is simply not the same as asserting that systemic racism should remain intact.

Kosloski had the decency to separate her local police department from the broad-sweeping accusations of systemic racism in policing (this itself could be the act that would get her excommunicated from the religion of wokeness, in theory) but she does not possess the logical faculties to put together that supporting police in reaction to the Black Lives Matter movement is not, in fact, mocking people of color.

This is a lazy argument at best, and it’s getting absurd that we’re still having this discussion. Yet we’ve gone way past the point of being able to have it coherently.

The Black Lives Matter movement and all its associated assertions are the woke progressive version of “When did you stop beating your wife?” posed to not only our nation’s overwhelmingly ethical members of law enforcement but to our entire system as a whole.

Thus, the dutiful white adherents who try to do penance on the altar of critical race theory are not, in fact, combating racism in any way, shape or form. They are going along with harmful, divisive rhetoric that is hyper-charging our nation’s pain and remorse for its own dark history of racism and reviving animosities and bitterness that should have been long buried.

This is not how you fight racism. It’s how you revive it — and take down everything left that unites Americans of all ethnic backgrounds in the process.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Mandate Abolished? DeSantis, Republican Governors Boldly Vow to Take On Biden

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The Biden administration’s vaccine mandate for companies with over 100 employees through the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is expected to be put in place soon, and Republican governors around the country are prepared to take legal action against the measure.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis made it clear that his state will be suing the administration for the invasive policy.

“I think that the mandate is going to lose in court,” he said at a news conference Thursday. According to Fox News, a lawsuit from the state would be filed through the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

“No one should lose their job over these shots. I think we want to protect people’s jobs,” DeSantis said. “These are folks that have been working throughout this whole time, they were put in situations where they were exposing themselves to risk knowingly to help others, and we did that, and we considered them heroes just a year ago.

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“Now, you’re gonna let them go by the wayside?”

In Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott took preventive action by signing an executive order banning a requirement for vaccines by any person or group in the public or private sector.

“No entity in Texas can compel receipt of a COVID-19 vaccine by any individual, including an employee or a consumer, who objects to such vaccination for any reason of personal conscience, based on a religious belief, or for medical reasons, including prior recovery from COVID-19,” the order states, directly bucking both President Joe Biden and companies that want to mandate the coronavirus vaccine.

A criticism of Abbott’s order is that is interferes with the freedom of private businesses to determine health guidelines for their employees, which explains why many Republican governors are not considering that level of action.

Regardless, there is almost uniform consensus from conservative state leaders that the government should not be forcing the vaccine onto the public through employers.

An example of the nuanced difference between Abbott’s approach and other governors was articulated in Republican Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt’s remarks earlier this week about the imminent mandate.

“This action is not just federal overreach, it’s unconstitutional,” Stitt said. “I’ve talked this over with Attorney General John O’Connor, and I know he’s on our side. He’s ready to take President Biden to court the second the rules are made public.”

“I don’t believe it’s the government’s job to dictate policies to private companies. Just as I believe Joe Biden can’t tell businesses they have to mandate a vaccine, I don’t believe the government should tell a company they can’t. Businesses should have the freedom to make decisions based on their circumstances. When the government starts to pick winners and losers, we are headed down a slippery slope.”

While the debate over how far bans on vaccine mandates will rage on, one thing is being made perfectly clear by Republicans: They will fight back against the Biden administration’s overreach.

The argument that this is not truly a vaccine mandate because companies also have the option to conduct weekly tests does not hold much weight.

It’s a major hassle to require weekly testing, especially at large companies, so many will likely take the easy way out and lay off employees that reject the shot.

As Stitt mentioned, this is not about the effectiveness of the vaccine or whether somebody “should” get the shot. It’s about the principle.

It is possible for someone to be vaccinated and also understand that it is a personal health decision, but the divisive nature of left-wing politicians has encouraged a caste system based on vaccination status.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

The Biden administration’s vaccine mandate for companies with over 100 employees through the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is expected to be put in place soon, and Republican governors around the country are prepared to take legal action against the measure. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis made it clear that his state will be suing the administration for the invasive policy. “I think that the mandate is going to lose in court,” he said at a news conference Thursday. According to Fox News, a lawsuit from the state would be filed through the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. “No one should lose their job over these shots. I think we want to protect people’s jobs,” DeSantis said. “These are folks that have been working throughout this whole time, they were put in situations where they were exposing themselves to risk knowingly to help others, and we did that, and we considered them heroes just a year ago. “Now, you’re gonna let them go by the wayside?” Floridians should not lose their jobs due to heavy-handed mandates. pic.twitter.com/zhgYZYsrIL — Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) October 15, 2021 In Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott took preventive action by signing an executive order banning a requirement for vaccines by any person or group in the public or private sector. “No entity in Texas can compel receipt of a COVID-19 vaccine by any individual, including an employee or a consumer, who objects to such vaccination for any reason of personal conscience, based on a religious belief, or for medical reasons, including prior recovery from COVID-19,” the order states, directly bucking both President Joe Biden and companies that want to mandate the coronavirus vaccine. A criticism of Abbott’s order is that is interferes with the freedom of private businesses to determine health guidelines for their employees, which explains…

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WA State Trooper Radios Emotional Farewell As Mandate Ends His Career

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A Washington state trooper who was being forced out by a vaccine mandate gave an emotional farewell that has been viewed more than half a million times on Twitter.

The Yakima-based officer, who does not give his name, videoed himself radioing in his final message.

Monday is the deadline for Washington state employees to comply with Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee’s mandate that employees must be vaccinated against the coronavirus, according to the Daily Mail.

On Saturday, the officer released a video saying farewell.


“This is my final sign-off after 22 years of serving the citizens of the state of Washington. I’ve been asked to leave because I am dirty,” he said.

He summed up his career as “numerous fatalities, injuries, I’ve worked sick, I’ve played sick, buried lots of friends over these years.”

As he spoke to the dispatcher, he said, “I’d like to thank you guys, I’d like to thank the citizens of Yakima County as well as my fellow officers within the valley. Without you guys, I wouldn’t have been very successful.”

“You’ve kept me safe and got me home to my family every night. Thank you for that. I wish I could say more, but this is it,” he said.

With a voice choking with emotion, he added, “So State 1034 this is the last time you’ll hear me in a state patrol car.”

And then a final bit of anger as he said, “And Jay Inslee can kiss my a**.”

The dispatcher replied by saying, “Thank you for your 22 years of service to the citizens of Washington State.’

“You’ve taken on many roles in your time at the patrol. In your first year, you delivered a baby while on patrol in Bremerton. You’ve been a theory instructor, certified tactical specialist and reconstructionist, peer support member, part of the chaplaincy board and a CBD trooper,” she said.

“You’ve been a great role model and a mentor for all young troopers serving in the area by sharing your knowledge and experience throughout the years,” she said.

She closed with a simple message: “Thank you for your service.”

More than 90 percent of the state’s workforce has complied with Inslee’s order, according to the Seattle Times.

The vaccination rates varied by department, with Washington State Patrol workers having an 89 percent vaccination rate.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

A Washington state trooper who was being forced out by a vaccine mandate gave an emotional farewell that has been viewed more than half a million times on Twitter. The Yakima-based officer, who does not give his name, videoed himself radioing in his final message. Monday is the deadline for Washington state employees to comply with Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee’s mandate that employees must be vaccinated against the coronavirus, according to the Daily Mail. On Saturday, the officer released a video saying farewell. “This is the last time you’ll hear me in a patrol car and Jay Inslee can kiss my ass.” Washington State Trooper in Yakima, Wash. signs off after 22 years — fired by @GovInslee for being unvaccinated. pic.twitter.com/RGLDs5BZxg — Jason Rantz on KTTH Radio (@jasonrantz) October 17, 2021 “This is my final sign-off after 22 years of serving the citizens of the state of Washington. I’ve been asked to leave because I am dirty,” he said. He summed up his career as “numerous fatalities, injuries, I’ve worked sick, I’ve played sick, buried lots of friends over these years.” As he spoke to the dispatcher, he said, “I’d like to thank you guys, I’d like to thank the citizens of Yakima County as well as my fellow officers within the valley. Without you guys, I wouldn’t have been very successful.” “You’ve kept me safe and got me home to my family every night. Thank you for that. I wish I could say more, but this is it,” he said. With a voice choking with emotion, he added, “So State 1034 this is the last time you’ll hear me in a state patrol car.” And then a final bit of anger as he said, “And Jay Inslee can kiss my a**.” The dispatcher replied by saying, “Thank you for…

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