Monthly Archives: October 2012

Insurer cancels deputy’s homeowner policy; police dog at home deemed too risky

A national insurance company is canceling a local K-9 officer’s homeowners insurance — because he keeps a police dog in his home.

In what appears to be a local first and a national rarity, American Family Insurance told Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputy Andy Woodward last week that his insurance would be terminated in December. The company apparently was not swayed by arguments that the county insures the dog and that Woodward is required to live with it.

The issue arose after an insurance company worker, while conducting an on-site review of the deputy’s home, spotted Woodward’s marked K-9 cruiser in the driveway. American Family subsequently learned that Diezel, the deputy’s Belgian Malinois canine partner, lives at the house.

American Family notified Woodward by letter Oct. 15 that his homeowners insurance coverage would be terminated.

“Due to the additional liability exposure of your police dog, we are unable to continue your homeowner coverage,” the letter said.

Diezel is insured by Douglas County. Woodward, like his fellow K-9 officers, is required to keep his dog at home.

The company gave Woodward time to procure insurance from another company, which he has done. But that doesn’t make it all right with him, and the matter raised concern among law enforcement union leaders in Douglas County and Omaha.

“This is infuriating that I’m getting dropped because of my profession,” said Woodward, 36, who has been a deputy for eight years. He said the company’s decision amounted to bias against his profession.

“He’s my dog,” Woodward said. “He has to go home with me.”

The dog is well-trained — including daily training with Woodward at home and a full day of training with the deputy each week, Woodward said. The two have state and national certifications. Diezel is restrained in a large kennel with high fences and a concrete pad, Woodward said.
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Triathlete Brian Boyle was saved by 36 transfusions

Eight years ago, on a summer day in Maryland, Brian Boyle was driving home from swim practice when a speeding dump truck slammed into the driver’s side door, crushing him in his seat.
The force of the crash literally shifted his heart from one side of his body to the other. The crash shattered his ribs and pelvis and lacerated his liver and lungs. He lost 60 percent of the blood in his body. He flat-lined eight times. The doctors weren’t sure he’d survive. They were less sure he’d walk again.
Now, after several emergency surgeries, blood transfusions and months of therapy, he’s not only walking, he’s running. And swimming. And biking.
Boyle, 26, is a triathlete. He has competed in more than 30 endurance events, all in the name of the American Red Cross, the organization that made his 36 lifesaving blood transfusions possible.
He is a motivational speaker and voluntary spokesman for the American Red Cross. Boyle visited Omaha on Thursday to speak to local Red Cross organizers and volunteers about the importance of their work and to tell his story.
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One Term Mistake ( hoping )

Here is a video I did a few years ago. I believe it still has a point even though it is a few years old.
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Powell is no right Republican

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell, a longtime Republican, is sticking with President Barack Obama in this year’s election.
Powell says that he’s still a Republican.
( Powell standing by Obama in 2012 presidential race )
( Billy’s thoughts – Powell served our country well but he is no Republican at least not one from the right. Obama stands for almost everything everyone on the right and in the Republican party is against. Some of those issues are..
A. Higher taxes.
B. Government using the tax money of pro life souls to pay for abortions.
C. Making people of faith pay for things that goes against their values.
D. Blaming a video for the death of some Americans instead of blaming radical Islam.
E. Blaming the rich for the problems we face.)

Rev. Ted Haggard has endorsed same sex marriage

A disgraced mega-church leader should leave the ministry. That statement comes from a traditional values leader after Ted Haggard endorsed homosexual “marriage.”

Haggard had to leave Colorado Springs New Life Church in 2006 when his involvement with a male prostitute became public knowledge. He currently heads St. James Church in the same city, endorses same-gender marriage and says the state has no role in “dictating or mandating” morality.

Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality says Haggard’s ministry is completely discredited by his statements.

“It’s preposterous to say that the state should allow homosexual marriage and that we could only be against it in our churches,” LaBarbera remarks.

“He is adopting the extreme line of Libertarianism, which separates morality, Christian morality and biblical morality from the state. He’s dead wrong. He’s wrong to call himself a Christian and a bisexual, and he should step aside from public ministry.”

( Billy’s thoughts – I was one who thought Haggard came back too soon in the ministry after his fall. It now looks like he should never have come back into the ministry at all. Read more of the above story here. )

FAMILY RESEARCH ATTACK TERMED ACT OF TERRORISM

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Obama is trying to take religious rights away

The feds is urging a US judge to reject a request by Hobby Lobby Stores to block enforcement of a new health care law that demands employers cover insurance costs for the “morning-after” pill and the “week-after” pill.

The arts and crafts supply chain filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Oklahoma City in September alleging the mandate is unconstitutional and will force the company’s owners “to violate their deeply held religious beliefs under threat of heavy fines, penalties and lawsuits.” Failure to cover the drugs could lead to fines of up to $1.3 million a day, according to the company.
Owners of Hobby Lobby requested an injunction to prohibit the law’s enforcement. But the Obama government attorneys claim Hobby Lobby cannot claim to exercise religion to avoid laws designed to regulate commercial activity.

“Hobby Lobby is a for-profit, secular employer, and a secular entity by definition does not exercise religion,” the government said. It says a corporation and its owners are separate entities and Hobby Lobby’s owners, the Green family, cannot eliminate the legal separation to impose their religious beliefs on the company and its employees.

The government’s response also says granting an injunction “would permit for-profit, secular corporations and their owners to become laws unto themselves.”

Hobby Lobby is free to discourage the use of contraceptives, the government said, but an employee’s health care choices remain his or her own.

An attorney for the chain said the government claims businesspersons have no constitutional right to freedom of religion and that its arguments “are legally very weak.”

“The government repeats its old line: you give up your religious freedom when you go into business. That’s a startling and disturbing claim for our government to make,” said Lori Windham, senior counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which represents Hobby Lobby.
Hobby Lobby is not stopping anyone from buying these drugs they just don’t think they should be forced to pay for something that goes against their faith and values. This is something all folks who believe in religious rights should think about before they vote.
( Source AP )

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Bible College Graduation and off blog

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I am sorry I won’t be posting on the blog today. The exciting reason is tonight I am being given my Bible College diploma. I also have things I need to get done before the graduation.
If you are a person of prayer please pray..
A. The graduation and the teaching at it will be used in the lives of the souls who will be attending it.
B. Doors to open to use what I have been taught.
C. Faith and patience while I am waiting.
Thanks so much and God Bless you…

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Today’s ( Monday ) Posts

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Not the Bible but gay rights from the pulpit
Paperboy figured girl was out of his league
VOTING WITH THE KINGDOM IN MIND
Shelter for older cats hopes to pair some with senior citizens
HOW WOULD PAUL VOTE?
Puberty Starts Earlier in Boys for Unknown Reasons, Says New Study

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Not the Bible but gay rights from the pulpit

JANE FLORENCE, FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH ( From the pulpit )

Outrage spread from Pakistan around the world. A 14-year-old girl was shot in the head because she dared to insist on the rights of girls to go to school. She spoke out against the Taliban whose religious beliefs lead them to destroy life. She risked her life for education of girls because “boys can have any job they want to but girls cannot.” This young woman knows that education is linked to employment is linked to provision of life and family.
Now in Omaha, there are those who would like to be able to express their religious beliefs by denying employment to another marginalized population. They are seeking signatures on a petition to repeal the city ordinance that prohibits employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. While it is not a direct bullet to the head, the path of injustice is a slippery slope. Faith-based bigotry expressed in any way is dangerous.

Those who sign this petition are claiming civil rights for themselves that they wish to deny others. Injustice and oppression is not what Judeo-Christian scripture teaches. Our teachings are of a God of Abundance who demands us to do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with God and one another. When we awaken to the fullness of our own blessings, we do not try to hoard or deprive others of the same; we seek to share and care for all of God’s people.
( Billy’s thoughts- The above is part of a sermon that was preached here in Omaha at a local church and it appeared in the Omaha newspaper. Something this lady who is a pastor only in name didn’t point out while the ordinance exempts churches, church-run organizations will have to operate under its restrictions. This so called pastor needs to preach the Bible not the right to live a sinful life. Yes we should love all people but love doesn’t mean we encourage sinful living does it. We need to love every sinner while hating every sin. By the way I did sign the petition which I am thankful were at my church on Sunday.)