Reality Round-Up: News around the Nation

Bless the American people for keeping me in new material (Crenshaw Communications)

Bless the American people for keeping me in new material (Crenshaw Communications)

As is the case almost every Friday, there are tons of interesting news stories worthy of inclusion in the latest edition of the Reality Round-Up. Some are strange, some are humorous and some are disturbing, but they are all interesting enough to provide a good, newsworthy end to the work week. Enjoy!

FLINT, MICHIGAN

If you think a murder conviction and 19 years in prison puts an end to any chance of running for public office—and actually winning the election—think again. This very thing happened to Councilman Elect Wantwaz Davis in Flint recently, who just defeated incumbent Bernard Lawler to win the political seat.

Twenty years ago, when Davis was only 17, he confronted a man who sexually assaulted his mother and ended up taking the man’s life. Davis accepted his guilt, turned himself in, confessed to the crime and went to prison with only a seventh grade education and no real prospects for the future. Unlike other convicts, though, he decided not to “fall through the cracks” and instead made an effort to educate himself.

From convict to councilman (My High Plains)

From convict to councilman (My High Plains)

“Let me study, let me read, let me find out what I can build on to take my mind away from this pain,” Davis explained of his decision to do something positive in prison.

It obviously paid off since his can-do attitude eventually led to his current position in city politics. And the people of Flint could not be happier.

“It’s positive because he turned his life around and he is doing something with his life now,” resident Robert Calloway said of Davis’ appointment to public office. He even considers Davis to be a “fresh perspective” and someone capable of helping Flint’s troubled youth… especially since he was one of them decades earlier.

Personally, I couldn’t be happier for Councilman Davis since he’s seen the worst that life has to offer and turned a corner. He truly deserves a second chance and I know the people of Flint will benefit from his experiences, as well as the lessons he learned along the way.

Trust me… they could do a whole lot worse!

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA

George Nathaniel III is a pastor in Minneapolis who also works as a school bus driver—or at least he did. He was just fired by Durham School Services for doing the unthinkable: leading students on his bus in prayer.

Normally, I am a huge believer in the separation of church and state, as well as an opponent of prayer in schools simply because I feel no one should have religion force-fed to them. However, Nathaniel has dedicated his life to Christ and even gave students the option not to pray. There were obviously enough students interested for him to do it, though, and why not? Prayer is supposed to be a positive thing, and we all know positivity has been sorely lacking in our society for quite some time.

Students on Otto's bus surely pray all the time! (Simpsons Crazy)

Students on Otto’s bus surely pray all the time! (Simpsons Crazy)

Of course, ACLU legal director Teresa Nelson has a point in stating that, technically, what Nathaniel did was a violation of the First Amendment.

“The school bus is a captive audience,” Nelson explained. “When he is driving the bus, he is actually acting like a school official and he does not have the right to proselytize or promote religion in that context.”

This is true, I suppose, but my question is this: Don’t people have more important things to focus on than something designed to help others? Put another way: Aren’t there more important things people could be complaining about—like Obamacare, for instance?

People tend to complain too much, as far as I’m concerned, but that doesn’t mean they have to complain about everything!

Does anyone else smell bacon? (J&D Foods/Yup)

Does anyone else smell bacon? (J&D Foods/Yup)

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON

Have you ever been getting ready in the morning and wished your deodorant had a more appetizing scent? Well, ladies and gentlemen, I am happy to report that your wait is finally over!

Yup—a company based in Seattle and known for its unusual and quirky products—just released a deodorant that smells like everyone’s favorite porky treat: BACON!

That’s right. For a mere $9.99—plus shipping and handling—you can purchase Power Bacon, a deodorant that, according to its website, will cause everyone to be “drawn to you like you were the most powerful magnet on Earth… friends, acquaintances, dogs, bears, swamp alligators, lions and even pigs.”

Want a stick of your own? Then head over to www.powerbacon.com. They’re having a sale, so don’t wait too long to add the delicious smell of bacon to your toiletry repertoire!

MORE FROM SEATTLE

Ironically enough, my last story comes once again from the great city of Seattle, Washington, which was the scene of a horrifying accident recently.

Tasteless, I know (Redkid)

Tasteless, I know (Redkid)

The accident happened yesterday in Seattle’s International District when a 55-year-old man lost his arm in an industrial accident at a fortune cookie company. Details about how his arm got lodged in the heavy machinery is still sketchy and he is currently in critical condition at Harborview Medical Center.

I know this situation is serious and is no laughing matter, but I can’t help but wonder what this poor guy’s last fortune said. Hopefully it wasn’t anything like the fortune in the picture!

That’s it for me, folks. I appreciate you stopping by and hope you all have a wonderful and relaxing weekend. I know I will!

Posted on November 8, 2013, in Perspectives and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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