The ‘Blue Lives Matter’ law officially goes into effect today and Louisiana is the first state to put this kind of law in place. The law makes it a hate crime to target police officers, firefighters and EMS personnel. Under the new law anyone convicted of committing a felony hate crime could face five years in prison or a maximum five thousand dollar fine. Traditionally, a crime is considered a hate crime if the victim is targeted because of identity-based characteristics such as their race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation. Louisiana becomes the first state to add one’s chosen vocation to that list and it hits home for the Shreveport Police Department. Last August, officer ThomasLavalley was shot and killed on duty after responding to a suspicious person call. His accused killer, GroverCannon is in jail awaiting trial. Copyright 2016 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
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.>See.ELIGIOUS.IFE ; VOWS . Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Word Origin and History for vocationn early 15c., “spiritual calling,” from Latin vocation em nominative vocatio, literally “a calling,” from vocatus “called,” past participle of vocare “to call” see voice n.. Bernard, “De præcepto et dispensation”, i P.L., CLXXXII, 862. Discovering and ultimately following your vocation gives the greatest glory and praise to our Creator. . It is a call to know, love and serve the Lord. Hence his approval may be said to complete the Divine vocation. The universal call to holiness is an ongoing conversion experience. They not only offer their own lives to the Father, as all Christians do, but they also stand before the Church and minister to the faithful as Christ ‘in person.’
The chicken will be made of 400 to 600 balloons for a weekend event at Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen in Cedar Rapids. (Liz Martin/The Gazette) Chad Johnson, owner of IC Balloons, adds red balloons to create a comb on the head of a dancing balloon chicken at his home office in Iowa City. (Liz Martin/The Gazette) By R’becca Groff, correspondent Aug 4, 2016 at 6:00 am | Print View IOWA CITY On any given day, IC Balloons CEO Chad Johnson has roughly 100,000 balloons on hand in his garage, and its about so much more than mere childs play. IC Balloons designs and builds one-of-a-kind balloon creations and structures for any type of event ranging from corporate promotions to birthday parties. It all started when a good friend of Johnsons began showing him how to twist balloons. I was a martial arts instructor at the time and had my days free. He was a balloon artist who had his days free so the two of us would get together and he would teach me what he knew, Johnson recalled. I spent several months sitting in my living room twisting balloons. The moment of revelation for doing balloons as a vocation came during Johnsons engagement party. There was a little girl having a meltdown, so my friend twisted a balloon for her, he said. The room was full of several different clusters of people, but no one was really mingling or having a good time. My friend brought out his bag of balloons and started doing what he does and as I watched, that whole room became focused on these balloon creations that were going on. The little girl was delighted and everybody started smiling and laughing and sharing a great time together all because of balloons, Johnson said.blog
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