Unjustified Stop By Laurinburg PD?

Okay, I am royally pissed off and a certain officer of the Laurinburg Police Department is responsible. I went to Wal-Mart with a friend of mine earlier tonight for the Black Friday craziness… the 6:00 event. What we were looking for sold out quickly so we walked around a while, working our way through the chaos and then left. A little later, we decided to come back for the 8:00 unveiling of items to try again. And we weren’t able to get what we wanted so we left again and went to my friends house. How all of this is relevant will make itself clear later.

At my friend’s house, we hung out a while (watching Family Guy – love that show) and a friend of his came over. And it was pretty boring sitting there watching TV so we decided to go ride with the friend of my friend to get gas in McColl and then we decided to (surprise) go to Wal-Mart and “look at women”. Well, they wanted to look at women and walk around and I was just tagging along for the ride. (Actually, we were just getting bored and restless – “looking at women” was the excuse our driver gave the officer when he asked why we had been at Wal-Mart that last time… lol). We go in to Wal-Mart and walk around and circle the store one more time. I spoke to the police officers on the way in that were standing by the door and also spoke / nodded to several employees that I know as we walked around. And now, here’s where it gets stupid.

We left Wal-Mart and started the ride back to my friends house. And here’s where the fun starts. We turned on to 401-S and suddenly, there were blue lights in the rear-view mirror. We pull over and Cpl. Wilkerson, of the Laurinburg Police Department comes strolling up to the car. He asked for the driver’s license and started shining his flashlight all into the car. The driver of the car then said, “Can I ask you what you’re pulling me for?”. Wilkerson said “yes” and then didn’t answer, once more shining the flashlight into the back seat where I was sitting. He shined his light on me and said, “Doug”.

I said “What up?” and Wilkerson focused his attention on me. He said something about me “coming out of Wal-Mart twice” and I replied that I’ve been in and out of Wal-Mart several times today. So what? Our driver mentioned that we were there to “look at women”.  Wilkerson acted stunned at the response and then directed his attention towards me once more.  He said that he had been told that I “had been caught stealing two times” from Wal-Mart and implied that I was supposed banned from Wal-Mart or something. My response: “Well, somebody damn lied!”. He backed off pretty quickly and told the driver to do something about the tint on his windows and left, going back to his car.

What I want to know is why this officer gives a damn about how many times I go in or out of Wal-Mart. I’m a shopper and regularly go to Wal-Mart to buy the stuff I need. I also bank there, but this officer is pulling us over for no reason, essentially calling me a thief and this pisses me off big time. I don’t know if Cpl. Wilkerson performed his accusation of his own accord or if someone from Wal-Mart lied and gave him this false information, but I want to know and I want to know soon. By the way, just for the sake of full disclosure, Cpl. Wilkerson is the officer who hit my sister with his police car a couple of years ago on Atkinson St. by the Kangaroo. Did I mention that she was walking with a walker at the time and was wearing a reflective safety vest. He was never charged, no lawyers would take the case and the episode was swept under the rug. So there is a history here between Wilkerson and myself, but more indirectly than anything else.

But anyhow, if Wilkerson truly thinks that I am “banned from Wal-Mart”, then why would I acknowledge and talk to the officers that I knew each time I entered the store and also to the employees as I did as so many others do regularly, walk around and look at stuff. And if it’s the fault of someone from Wal-Mart, I want to know who and why and I want Wal-Mart to realize why I WILL NOT be shopping there again. Hell, I may start going in there 4 or 5 times a day and just walk around and dare someone to say something, but until this is straightened out and I get an apology from someone for all of this, they won’t see a penny of my money. When I was running the Sweepstakes place, we were spending easily a hundred bucks a week on drinks, chips and other assorted items and I was in there at least 8 or 10 times a week easily. And now this?

I’m not sure why Wilkerson decided to pull us and throw this idiotic charge at me. If it was a Sheriff’s Deputy, I’d at least understand this harassment, but Wilkerson is part of the City Police and so far as I know, I’ve never had any kind of problems with any of them. I don’t know why, but I will find out. Be rest assured on that!

Tossing Salt Survivor Series Recap – November 24, 2014

Tossing Salt – Worldwide News
Survivor Series Recap
November 24, 2014
Doug Maynard

I should have known it was going to be one of those nights. I had a good night relaxing with the family and my better (most of the time) half. We watched most of the Survivor Series on the WWE Network (free for the month of November and after that, only $9.99 per month). I had the chance to see the WWE debut of the man known as Sting (and no, he didn’t have The Police with him). And then I went to bed, sleeping well and the dreams started. First it was strange dreams about being backstage at a WWE event with a few of my friends and associates, Ethan Storm, Michael Youngblood and the tag team of Scott Powers & Chris Steele aka “The Main Attraction”. We’re all backstage together at a WWE event and visiting. They are all long time professional wrestlers and are as talented and good (and better than most) as anyone currently in WWE these days. Youngblood even had a WWE developmental deal at one point and wrestled Kurt Angle on an episode of Smackdown in the “Hometown Hero” challenge and also in Kurt’s first “ladder match”. But long story short (too late), we’re there at the WWE show together. They need someone to be planted in the crowd and attacked and beaten up by a new wrestler that’s debuting. I can’t remember who the wrestler was in the dream, but he was big and crazy and reminded me of old school Bruiser Brody, but under a mask instead. Instead of choosing one of the legitimate wrestlers in our group, we’re approached by Jamie Noble and he chooses me to be the “victim”. I’ve met Noble before in real life so I’m just figuring it’s a rib of some sort. But it’s not and later, during the show, I’m attacked by said wrestler, pulled out of the audience and up the ramp and slammed down hard on my knee. I don’t feel a thing, but it keeps ringing in my head to “sell the knee” so I’m laid out on the ramp, holding my knee and screaming like a woman giving birth to a full-sized gorilla. And then I woke up to my phone making noises. I’ve got a text message from an old friend. I go from selling the knee to jerking await at the sound of my phone. It’s quite a crazy way to wake up.

But then it gets better. I’m awake and confused and staring at my phone and it starts. An anxiety attack from hell and it’s a doozy. I’m having trouble breathing, my head is spinning and for a moment, I’m forgetting where I’m at, in my bed and it’s just crazy and I’m lost as hell. I managed to get myself together and just lay there, concentrating on calming down and getting my heart to slow down. And then I looked at the clock. It’s nearly 3:30am. Guess who’s up for the night?

So since I’m up and not planning on going back to bed anytime soon, I decided to come in here to the computer for a little while. My options are to look around on Facebook and see who’s awake and what kind of drama they have going on, call or text my best friend and annoy him for a bit, watch a movie or go back to the Network and do a running blog of Survivor Series. Well, as it turns out, Facebook is quiet tonight, my BFF isn’t awake right now, and I don’t have any movies here that I feel like watching again. So Survivor Series recap it is. Don’t you feel special? Let’s do this…

Survivor Series 2014: Best For Business: Night Of The Crow

A quick look at the pre-show show and it’s the all-star panel of Renee, Booker T, Alex Riley and the always awesome man who’s behind the one in 21 – 1, the legendary Paul Heyman. Booker can say so much and yet say absolutely nothing at all, can’t he? And Heyman just gets the message out there better than anyone in the WWE today. I remember when Riley was tag team partners with the Miz. What a future this guy seemed to have… and no one expected it to be doing commentary and being an analyst. And Renee? She’s my favorite Canadian these days right after Christian, Edge and the Hart Family. Don’t blame Canada – blame youself. I wish Christian was on the panel but I guess he’s off doing “Haven” or something of that nature. Maybe he’ll peep back up soon with a new role as a manager / mentor? (hint hint) If he can’t wrestle regularly due to the multiple concussion stuff, why not have him guide, lead, speak for, and reek of awesomeness for someone else and give them that 5-second rub? Sounds like a plan to me.

In the pre-match match (match before the pre-match), we had Fandango dance his way into our hearts with a new outfit and new music and Rosa by his side. He defeated Justin Gabriel in a far too short match that was okay, but kind of the same-old, same-old. Good to see Justin Gabriel back in action. Now if they can just get him back on RAW or Smackdown on a regular basis, that would really be nice. Why not team him up with Curtis Axel and make a new tag team to add to the division and challenge the new champions, The Miz Twins? Are you listening HHH? Anyway, Fandango over Gabriel. I like Fandango and his character, but he needs something. Maybe a challenge by the Disco Inferno and Alex Wright? Hmmmmm.

Miz and Mizdow do the pre-match pep speech thing with the “Shades of Michael Jackson” man-in-the-mirror routine. Tag team titles means success in Hollywood. Yeah, just ask former noted tag team champions Tito Santana, Jim Neidhart and Marty Jannetty how that’s going for them. This stunt-double / partner routine has some legs on it and it’s kind of fun, but I’m just waiting for WWE to jump the shark. You know it’s going to happen and when it does, I hope R-Truth and Little Jimmy are able to jump back into the scene as Miz’s partner(s) in crime. I miss that team. Now they were fun.

I’m afraid I’ve got some bad news for everyone. Bad News Barrett is here and no, he’s not wrestling. Barrett speaks about the main event and how The Authority are petty and vindictive and John Cena may be in for some bad times if The Authority wins. And then Barrett has some bad news for The Authority. If the don’t win and end up out of power, the WWE will be okay and thrive under the Bad News Barrett era. I’ve missed this guy.

A highlight clip of AJ and the Bellas. AJ is here and she’s through with games. She’s serious about her title. That’s good to know. And now, back to the panel and they’re talking about history and surprises. I wonder of who it is that they speak? What will happen tonight? Here comes Cesaro to the ring for a promo. He’s Swiss and while they generally don’t take sides, he’s supporting The Authority. Cesaro starts to say “Long Live The Authority” in five different languages, but he’s cut off by Zeb Colter and Jack Swagger. “WE THE PEOPLE!”. Some back and forth chit chat and we’ve got a match. It’s classic as always and Swagger gets the win. These guys work so well together and maybe it’s time to have Cesaro rejoin the “Real American” grouping. It’s not like he’s doing anything else right now. And now, it’s time to make the donuts and head to the big event. Hey, Vince McMahon is here. It’s showtime folks!

And here we go with some talking to start things off as Triple H, Stephanie and Vince come down to the ring. I don’t mind the long promos on RAW or Smackdown (yes, I actually do when they drone on and on and on), but not on a pay-per-view (even if it’s free). Vince… blah blah blah! HHH… blah blah blah! Stephanie… blah blah blah! If Authority loses, they keep the day jobs but no authority on the shows. Steph likes a challenge. HHH is the game. And so on and so forth. Ten minutes of talk and it all sounds like the teacher from the Peanuts cartoons to me. Let’s save the promos for the build to the PPV and leave the special events and PPV’s for action instead.

It’s tag team titles on the line as Goldust & Stardust defend against the Usos, Los Matadores w/El Torito and the team of Miz and Mizdow. A good, fast paced match that’s pretty much by the numbers as we get organized OINGO BOINGO action from bell to bell. I like all (most) of these teams, but I just can’t get into the match all that much. Mizdow tags himself in and gets the win for his team. We have new champs and Miz is a happy face (and so is his shadow).

A live Steve Austin podcast on the WWE Network is coming up on December 1rst, immediately following RAW. Austin’s podcast is pretty damn good and with Vince as the guest, it should be must-see (or is it must-hear) TV. I would also love to hear Austin interview Jamie Dundee, Missy Hyatt and Ivory at some point down the road as well. Ivory because she’s a great talker who worked GLOW before coming to the WWE and would be a great interview. Missy and Dundee because it would be bowling shoe ugly and make for great entertainment. Austin would probably end up having to open up a can of whoop-ass on both of these degenerates, but it would definitely be fun to listen to.

Adam Rose and The Bunny are backstage and trying to work out their problems by playing with their WWE toys. Yeah, that always works out so well for the rest of us so why the hell not? Here’s Heath Slater and Titus O’Neill. Heath and Titus make fun of Rose and the Bunny and we’re going to have a match. This is going to suck so badly, but at least Heath is on a pay-per-view and getting a match. Whatever works, right? Maybe Clem Layfield will be the next GM of RAW and Smackdown? That would be cool!

It’s time for some traditional Survivor Series Divalicious fun as Alicia Fox, Natalya, Naomi, and Emma take on Paige, Cameron, Summer Rae, and Layla. These girls are trying and some of them are actually good (Natayla, Emma, Paige), but this match really is blowing chunks. Where are Ivory, Molly, Lita, Trish and Jacqueline when you need them. As a matter of fact, a “current Divas” versus “Diva Legends” match for next year’s Survivor Series would be really, really nice. Book it Vince. As for this year, the “good girls” led by Natayla and Alicia Fox beat the “bad girls” pretty convincingly. Tyson Kidd is at ringside and acting like he’s the winner instead of his wife and her partners. But then again, he gets to go home with Natayla so maybe he really is? Hmmmmm…

It’s back to the panel and I’m wishing that instead of WWE “Insiders”, the panel was instead maybe Jim Cornette, Ole Anderson, Roddy Piper and Meng. Booker sure loves to talk though. Can you dig that…. SUCKA!

And now, it’s time for the crazy versus crazy match as Bray Wyatt takes on Dean Ambrose. It’s kick ass and crazy and smash mouth. I’m watching this on mute and trying to imagine Gordon Solie calling the action on a TBS Saturday night. These guys are so good and could do so much more if given the opportunity. It’s on like Ozzy meets One Direction until Wyatt gets the mic and tells Bray with a “Shades of Stan” monologue that they could be together and rule the world. Ambrose has a chair and Bray presents himself. The ref says “don’t do it”, but Ambrose nails Wyatt with the chair and it’s DQ time. Wyatt wins by disqualification, but it’s not over yet. Ambrose with tables, ladders and chairs (oh my) and he puts Wyatt through a table, buries him in chairs and stands over him on a ladder as it’s pose time. Fun match and great ending as Wyatt sacrificed himself to Ambrose. This continues next month at TLC and I, for one, can’t wait.

Triple H and Steph have “Team Authority” backstage and we get a McMahon / Helmsley era style pep-talk. HHH inspires the troops and they all chant “Fight! Fight! Fight!”

Back to the ring and it’s The Bunny and Adam Rose talking on Slater / Gator in a short, but fun little match (and no, I’m not talking about Hornswoggle… lol). The Bunny scores the pin after a missle-dropkick on Slater. The ringside mob known as the Rose Buds catch the Bunny as he does the plunge and they carry him backstage. Adam Rose is pouty and not happy. He’s such a lemon. I’ll bet he wishes he had a big rabbit’s foot on his keychain right now. Good for what it was and I’m just happy to see Slater back on TV in a ppv match. I already said that though, didn’t I? Put Slater and Gabriel back togehter as a team. They were tag team champs once and could be again. Just saying.

Roman Reigns is here via satellite and it’s almost as if he’s in a back room or something. He’s coming back and doesn’t care who is in power. We go now to a meeting of the minds as Team Cena is together backstage. Erick Rowan is playing with a Rubiks Cube and Cena makes promises that he’ll do his best to make sure that no one loses their jobs or gets fired. Ryback is feeling hungry. Don’t they feed these guys with a buffet dinner or something? I wonder if they had turkey backstage? I like turkey!

It’s back to the ring now and time for WWE Divas Champion AJ Lee to defend the title against the challenge of Nikki Bella and her sister-on-a-leash, Brie. Brie kisses AJ as the bell rings and it’s a great distraction as Nikki attacks with a forearm smash and the rack attack. Short and sweet as Nikki gets the pin and is the new WWE Divas Champion. Brie smiles and claps as her sister claims the gold. Hmmm. And how many more days are left in this indentured servitude? I feel for AJ, but I think this Bella-drama is about to get interesting…. and AJ will be there to pick up the pieces of whoever is left.

And now, cue the music and sound the gongs. It’s time for the main event as we have Survivor Series elimination style with Team Cena (John Cena, Erick Rowan, The Big Show, Ryback and Dolph) take on Team Authority (Seth Rollins, Kane, Mark Henry, Rusev & Luke Harper) w/ Triple H, Stephanie, Lana, The Stooges and Ann B. Davis as Alice in their corner. And it’s on like strippers on a pole making it rain. Mark Henry talks crap to the Big Show and just like that scene in the movie “Fridays”, he gets knocked the f*ck out!”. Damn! Some good action by Harper and the others and then out of nowhere, Ryback eats the big foot from Rusev. He’s out of there too. So much for that big push, right? Lots more action and craziness and it moves to the outside as Rusev introduces Dolph to the world-famous Spanish Announce table. Rusev tries for a splash on the table, but Dolph moves. Rusev eats the table and is counted out and he’s gone. It’s 4 to 3 now in favor of Team Cena.

IT’S CLOBBERING TIME!! Harper takes out Rowan with a huge clothesline from parts unknown. It’s now tied 3 – 3. Look out for the surprising heel turn by Big Show as he gives John Cena a big KO punch. Cena is down and out. He’s eliminated. Big Show shakes the hand of HHH and leaves, thus allowing himself to be counted out. It looks bad as it’s now 3 -1 in favor of Team Authority. Dolph Ziggler is the only member of Team Cena left against Seth, Kane and Harper. Things are looking bleak! What is Dolph going to do?

Dolph is going to take a beating and then come back and hit a superkick, followed by the zig-zag on Kane. Kane is eliminated. Triple H and Steph are in shock. Here comes Luke Harper and he’s out for blood. One quick roll-up and he’s out of there too. It now one to one as Dolph and Seth Rollins are the only two men left. Rollins goes nuts and stomps away at Dolph before tossing him to the floor and then from barrier to ring post to barrier again. Rollins is ready to put Dolph away and hits the running buckle bomb and covers. Dolph kicks out at the 2 3/4 count. Everyone is shocked and Dolph is coming back. He hits the zig-zag on Seth and HHH orders Jamie Noble and Joey Mercury, aka “The Stooges” to get in there and attack. Dolph fights off the stooges as HHH pulls the referee out and nails him. Another referee is down and takes control as Seth misses the curb stomp and Dolph scores with the zig-zag once more. HHH attacks the referee to stop the count. HHH then goes after Ziggler and levels him with the pedigree. Dolph is out of it and HHH drags Seth over and places him on top of Dolph. HHH calls for another ref to come in and make the count. Here comes Scott Armstrong to the ring and he’s ready to make that count. But the dreaded “Armstrong Curse” takes hold and we see a flash of black and white on the Titantron screen. He’s here! It’s STING!! Sting comes down to the ring and sends Armstrong flying. It’s HHH and STING facing off in the ring. Staredown and the crowd thinks this is awesome. I do too! HHH goes after Sting, but the tide quickly turns and Sting lays out HHH with the Scorpion Death Drop. Sting then lays Dolph Ziggler on top of Seth Rollins as yet another new referee comes to the ring. The ref makes the three count and it’s over. Winners are Team Cena and the sole survivor is Dolph Ziggler.

Cena comes out and hugs Dolph. It’s over and thanks to man they call Sting, the Authority is no longer in power. Cena and Dolph leave as HHH and Stephanie stand in the ring and realize that the end is here. The fans sing and Stephanie looks ready to cry and screams that “it’s not over!”. And there you go.

A good show with some rough moments, but for the most part, I’m not complaining. I liked it, especially the end, and if anyone is still not sure about going over to The Network and giving it a look, then erase those doubts. Just do it!

And now, with that, I am out of here. I’m Doug and that was my recap / review of Survivor Series 2014. Thanks for reading. Have a Happy Thanksgiving and I’ll catch you on the flip side.

Ubuntu!

WWE Survivor Series Predictions – November 23, 2014

Well, here we are and taking place later today is the WWE Survivor Series. coming live on the WWE Network for only $9.99… Oh wait, it’s FREE! Go watch it. I will (probably). I was going to write a full column, but it just hasn’t happened. Damn that Nikolai Vodka. And work too. So I guess it’s just going to be a quick and simple “prediction column” instead. Yes my friends, I’ve pulled the “Sister Cleo” outfit out of the closet and dragged the old crystal ball from the bottom drawer. I’ve consulted the stars, drew forth the cards and asked Mr. T if he truly loves his mother. I think I’m ready. Let’s do this.

Natalya, Alicia Fox, Naomi, & Emma vs. Paige, Layla, Summer Rae, & Cameron
Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Match

Does anyone really want to see this? Maybe if it was classic women grapplers like Lita, Trish, Molly, Jazz, Ivory, Jacqueline, etc taking part in the match. Then it might be good, but of the current participants, only Natayla and Paige have any kind of real following and that’s not saying all that much. Most of this is and will be “bleh” and “bathroom break”. And it’s not the fault of the women, but the way the WWE uses and books them. But that’s old news and we all know it.

This match will move along swiftly and everyone will get their signature spots in (the only moves most of them know) and then it will break down and the eliminations will begin. Paige is still the current golden child (along with AJ and the Bellas) and Natayla constantly gets screwed over and I doubt it will change here.

Winners: Team Paige (Final Survivors: Paige, Cameron)

(Champions) Goldust & Stardust vs. Los Matadores vs. The Usos vs. The Miz & Mizdow
Fatal 4 Way WWE Tag Team Championship Match

Tag team craziness and mayhem. I love the Lust In The Dust Brothers (obscure movie reference), but they’ve been the champs for a while now and it’s time to drop the belts and go back to doing their own things. We all know that Los Matadores don’t have a snowball’s chance at Kane’s house to win the gold. The Usos have already had a couple of runs with the gold and while deserving, have a been there – done that feel about them. Thus the new golden boys, on their way back to redemption, will bring home the bacon. Time to start singing “Me And My Shadow” as Miz & Mizdow give the Dust Bunnies their curtain call and capture the gold.

Winners and NEW WWE Tag Team Champions: The Miz & Mizdow

(Champion) AJ Lee vs. Nikki Bella w/ Brie Bella
WWE Divas Championship Match

So the big rumor is that AJ Lee will be leaving the WWE sometime soon to go be with her husband, CM Punk. I’ve also heard rumors that Eve Torres will soon be returning to the WWE and that Mickie James has also made it clear that she’s itching to make a return to the WWE ring as well. And if all this is true, then one should expect to see AJ drop the WWE Divas Championship to the evil Nikki Bella.

I don’t believe rumors though or else the rumor I’ve been spreading for years, that the Disco Inferno will one day crash Wrestlemania, would have come true. One can only hope, right? I don’t think that AJ is leaving any time soon and I think her spot among the top of the WWE Divas division is safe and secure. But does that mean I think she’ll still be the Divas Champion after tonight? The way I see it, one of two things will happen. Either Brie will do something sneaky and cause her sister to lose the match and AJ will retain the title and the Bella-feud will continue OR Brie will do something to help her sister and cause AJ to lose the match and the Bellas will be back together and reunited. I’m going for AJ to retain and the Bella battles to continue to spat for a while longer. Yeah, that works for me.

Winner and STILL WWE Divas Champion: AJ Lee

Dean Ambrose vs. Bray Wyatt
Singles Match

Just a bone-crushing and smash-mouth, old school brawl from hell. Both men need a clean win and neither can really afford to lose any more matches. The flames are ebbing and starting to die. I think Bray needs it more than Ambrose right now. Bray also needs some new “followers” and maybe we’ll see these new faces step up and help their Messiah tonight. Who knows? Crazy and chaotic and Bray squeaks by with the win.

Winner: Bray Wyatt

Team Cena (John Cena, Erick Rowan, Big Show, Dolph Ziggler, & RyBack) vs. Team Authority (Seth Rollins, Corporate Kane, Luke Harper, Mark Henry, & Rusev)
Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Match- If Team Cena wins, The Authority is out of power. If Team Authority wins, everyone on Team Cena, except John Cena, is FIRED!!!

And finally, we have the main event. So many names have been teased with Randy Orton, Sheamus, Cesaro and Jack Swagger all being part of one team or another, but finally being shunted to the side in favor of the men currently scheduled and listed above. I do think that we’ll see the involvement of all the men who were teased, with the possible exception of Sheamus who’s working the injury angle. I’m still scratching my head at the addition of Erick Rowan as part of Team Cena. That just doesn’t make much sense to me.

Anyhow, this match will be a chaotic and crazy, over-booked mess that could either be extremely entertaining or an extreme cluster-f*ck from the opening bell. Add HHH, Stephanie and the Stooges 2014 team (Noble & Mercury) to the mix as well and the rumored appearance of Roman Reigns and who knows what can happen. But at the end of the night, I think that The Authority will be humbled and their reign of power will come to an end. Hunter is still the C.O.O. of the WWE and Stephanie is still an executive Vice-President of the WWE so even if their group is disbanded, they still have power and can cause problems for the people who have earned their wrath so that won’t change. It just won’t be the usual mob scene every week and things will be slightly more level, especially if a new General Manager comes from all of this, maybe from the rafters or the remains of WCW, whatever works. I love listening to “The Police”. Anyhow, it’s crazy and insane and lots of shenanigans from lots and lots of people. And in the end, Team Cena takes home that golden ring and Team Authority is through (for now).

Winners: Team Cena (Final Survivors: Dolph Ziggler, Ryback)

Pre-Show Match: Fandango versus Opponent T.B.A.

He’s not the Disco Inferno by a long shot, but it’s time to dance again.

Winner: Fandango

And there you go. My predictions for the Survivor Series, tonight on the WWE Network. Go watch it and see how I did. Thoughts and comments are welcome. And I am down and gone. Until the next time…

Ubuntu!

-Doug

50 Odd Things Survey…

50 ODD Things about you! If you opened this, FILL IT OUT! Learn 50 things
about your friends, and let them learn 50 things about you!

1. Do you like blue cheese? I didn’t even know they made blue cheese – it doesn’t sound natural to me – so the answer would be no…. Cheese should be orange – or white… Only blue things are m&m’s…. everything else is just plain wrong!!

2. Have you ever smoked heroin? Nope..

3. Do you own a gun? A few water guns and my old BB Gun (from when I was like 12 -13 years old – I still have it – and no, I didn’t put my eye out…lmao!)

4. Your favorite song of all time? Hard to say – I’ll go with Alice Cooper – “I Never Cry” because it’s always been the one I identify with the most and keep going back to…

5. Do you get nervous before doctor appointments? Hell, I get nervous before haircuts, so yeah, doctors do make me a bit tense too…

6. What do you think of hot dogs? That would actually be good right now – they’re yummy and easy to make – just how I like it…

7. Favorite Christmas song? Little Drummer Boy by Bing Crosby and David Bowie …. (and the Chipmunk Song by Alvin & The Chipmunks… that song rocks!)

8. What do you prefer to drink in the morning? Pepsi (it’s always good ANY time of day)

9. Can you do push ups? Bwah-ha-ha-ha-ha! Yeah, sure I can….

10. What’s your favorite piece of jewelry? Two rings I wear sometimes – one is black and shiny and the other is pinkish/purplish and shiney. My sister got them for me.

11. Favorite hobby? Writing

12. Secret weapon to get the opposite sex? Why the hell would I care about that? Duh!! The secret weapon to get anyone is just be yourself – be real and if it’s meant to be, it will be….

13. Do you have A.D.D.? It sure as heck seems like it sometimes…

14. What one trait do you hate about yourself? I have a hard time following through with things at times – and very little patience… it’s pretty frustrating..

15. Middle Name? Alan

16. Name 3 thoughts at this exact moment.. 1- My BFF needs to return my texts and phone calls and let me know something. 2. I want a pepsi, but am too lazy to walk to the kitchen to get one. and 3. Did videos really kill the radio stars? (That song is playing on my computer right now!)

17. Name 3 things you bought yesterday. Pepsi, a birthday card for Chris and some potato sticks…

18. Name 3 drinks you regularly drink? Pepsi, Lemonade & Cheap Vodka..

19. Current worry right now? The usual stuff – money, need of a full time job, and trying to get myself out of this current slump..

20. Current hate right now? I don’t do “hate” – it’s a wasted emotion..

21. Favorite place to be? In a relaxed enviroment with friends and just chillin’ – not a care in the world…

22. How did you bring in the New Year? I don’t remember – probably chillin’ here at the house. : (

23. Where would you like to go? Back to Wilmington, NC – and maybe a quick trip to the UK or NYC

. Name three people who will complete this? Whoever feels as bored and restless as I do at this moment, I guess…

25. Do you own slippers? I have some old house shoes that I wear everywhere – that would count, right??

26. What shirt are you wearing? A blue polo

27. Do you like sleeping on satin sheets? Nah – it’s getting colder these days, so I prefer my flannel sheets – they’re comfy and warm..

28. Can you whistle? Not really, but I try..

29. Favorite color? black, purple and hot pink..

30. Would you be a pirate? A “butt pirate”….lmao! just kiddin’ (or am I?) : )

31. What songs do you sing in the shower? Lots of Sinatra – “I’ve Got You Under My Skin”, “One For My Baby”, “My Way”, etc..

32. Favorite girl’s name? Theresa, Allison, Shaniqua

33. Favorite boy’s name? Chris, Alan, Dylan

34. What’s in your pocket right now? About $6, some change, a pocket knife and some keys…

35. Last thing that made you laugh? Chris bit his tongue – he doesn’t think it’s funny… but it is… lmao!

36. Best bed sheets as a child? My Snoopy sheets (with matching curtains….lmao!)

37. Worst injury you’ve ever had? The ones to the heart that no one ever sees or knows about…

38. Do you love where you live. I like it here OK, but I need to break free and get on my own again – I need to get away from the ‘Burg and get my life back…

39. How many TVs do you have in your house? Two..

40. Who is your loudest friend? I’m not sure – we’ve got several contenders on the list….lmao!

41. How many dogs do you have? None at the moment – just one cat…

42. Does someone have a crush on you? If they do, I wish they’d speak up…

43. What is your favorite book? The next one I read – I love reading……

44. What is your favorite candy? Mini-Snickers

45. Favorite Sports Team? The Superstars of the WWE??? That’d work, right?

46. What song do you want played at your funeral? Probably “Highway to Hell” by AC/DC….lmao! Just kiddin! – How about an original rap from my buddy Soce – I want to be different… : )

47. What were you doing 12 AM last night? Watching TV, playing on the computer and probably dozing off and on…

48. What was the first thing you thought of when you woke up? Damn, I’m awake! Damn, I’ve got to pee!

49. What is your favorite thing to pamper yourself? A bubble bath – or a motel room and a couple of cases of beer… pick the answer you prefer -they both fit..

50. What is something that you want for Christmas this year? To get in touch with a few friends and just be happy and relaxed for a change…

All The Lies Won’t Change A Thing… Just Saying!

The big news this week is that the newly elected Sheriff-Elect of Scotland County, Ralph Kersey, has been accused of “buying votes” and complaints have been filed with the North Carolina Board of Elections. In the words of WWE Superstar, The Miz, “Really? Really? Really? Really?”… Yes, it is just that ridiculous and stupid a charge. And anyone that knows Sheriff-Elect Kersey or has even spent a few minutes with the man knows this.

But that’s how it goes, especially in a place like Scotland County. Scotland County is a good place to live, most of the time, and the large majority of the people that live here are good, decent, friendly folk. But then there are those few others who stand out and like to cry, whine and complain when things don’t go their way. They just can’t deal with the idea that some people are actually honest and play fair. Some people say what they mean and mean what they say. Some people are sincere in their beliefs and thoughts and care about their community and fellow persons. Instead of being proud and glad that a person such as this is going to be the next Sheriff of Scotland County, they’d rather complain and tell lies and sing the praises of a man who reduced that position to one of shame and ridicule, a stain on the face of the county and a pimple on the ass of North Carolina by the antics and behavior of both his administration and personally, Shep Jones.

I’ve known Ralph for close to twenty-five years and I can truthfully say that what you see is exactly what you get. It’s simple as that. He’s honest, fair, respectful and a good person. He really does care about people and really does care about this community. We don’t necessarily agree on everything, but I know that good or bad, agree or disagree, Ralph will always be respectful enough to listen and will always say exactly what he thinks or feels. And really, in a position of public service such as the Sheriff of Scotland County, that’s exactly what we need and should desire. And I think most people do. That’s why he won the election and that’s why I know these allegations are such rubbish and trash… just like the people who made them.

When I call Sheriff-Elect Kersey a man of honor and virtue, I say it because I know it and mean it. And when I say that I feel that the soon-to-be former Sheriff, Shep Jones, is dishonest and crooked, I say it because I know and mean it as well. I know that he has his defenders who loudly proclaim “Shep Jones For Life” and will support anything he says and does, even if that includes sueing Scotland County and winning $25,000 of taxpayer money, plus an additional $18,000 for attorney fees and attempting to extort another $150,000 before the court slapped him down and said “No!”. And by the way, didn’t he physically assault then-Sheriff Wayne Bryant in his efforts to get fired from his job by doing the “chest-bump” thing? If any of us decided to do that to Sheriff Jones, we’d be locked away for life, but Jones violates the law and found a way to get personally rewarded for it. And it developed into a pattern that has continued and run rampant for the past eight years.

Just think of all of the scandals. Cars appearing from nowhere, an illegal slush fund to throw parties, buy liquor, buy jewelry and buy flowers from a flower shop that just happens to be owned by Shep’s wife, Sonya, deputies working without being legally sworn into office, etc. And that’s not even bringing up the large increase in crime and violence in the county, now ranked number one in North Carolina. This all falls on Shep and his administration. If things were better and he was an honest man doing his job and getting results, he would still be Sheriff. He’s not all of that though and his incompetence, as shown time and time again by the “administrative errors” have been revealed for the world to see.

But I’m getting off track here. Four persons are claiming that Sheriff-Elect Ralph Kersey went to the Washington Park store and bought votes. But the people working at the stores on the day in question saw no sign of Kersey in the store and let’s be honest. Ralph would stand out pretty prominently at that store. It’s a petty attempt at smearing the name of a good man and I’m positive that when all of the dust settles and this investigation of the lies and blatant B.S. is over, those who made these claims will be standing there with egg on their face and Sheriff-Elect Kersey will stand tall and proud as the Sheriff of Scotland County. And I hope and pray that these same people, who want to smear and besmirch the name of a good man, will face criminal charges and prosecution for their efforts. And then we can find out who the real source of this misinformation truly is, as if we don’t already know.

One last thing before I close. Isn’t it interesting that the same people who are making up these accusations about Sheriff-Elect Kersey “buying votes” don’t seem to have any problems with Sheriff Jones and his people, during the Sunday morning church services, allegedly offering people money if they take voters to the polls to vote for Shep. I’ve heard that the rate offered was $100 per 10 voters and this comes from a very reliable source. So that’s okay… and Sonya Jones allegedly hiring people to work at the polls is okay too. What’s the old cliche’ about the pot calling the kettle black? It’s do as we say, but not as we do, but that could very well be the tag-line for the entire Jones reign and administration as Sheriff. They do as they want and are above the law, but if someone stands against them or questions them, they’ll nickle and dime it to death and play all sorts of stupid games, both legal and not.

Let’s end it like this. The election is over and all the lies and deceptions in the world will not change the results. Ralph Kersey won. Shep Jones lost. As President Obama said to the people who bemoaned his re-election in 2012, “Get over it!”. Ralph Kersey will be our next Sheriff. He won by getting out the voters who want to see change in our county and who are tired of the scandals, the lies, the incompetence, the indifference and the apathy of the current administration. He played straight up, honest and fair, and ran a clean campaign. Make all the excuses and tell all the lies you feel you need to because we know the truth. And as one person said, “all of the distasteful tactics that was used in this election is sickening and I’m shame to say I live in Scotland County.” Just remember, the “distasteful tactics” were all on the part of Sheriff Jones and his followers and the way they were… and are still acting. It makes me “shame” too.  They need to grow up and get over it… really!

Think about it!

Tossing Salt – Worldwide News: November 9, 2014

Tossing Salt – Worldwide News

November 9, 2014

Yes, I know it’s been a while. Do you even remember me? I (admittingly) got a bit caught up in politics and our local Sheriff’s election (WE WON!) and the wrestling stuff kind of went on the backburner for a little bit. I haven’t even watched a single edition of RAW all the way through in over a month. Getting a corrupt and shady public servant who served only himself out of office took precedence. But I’m back now and it’s time to play catch up. So let’s do this…

I’m Doug and this is pro wrestling’s most eclectic column, “Tossing Salt – Worldwide News”, going strong since 2002. And we’ve got a full agenda for the day with lots and lots of stuff. How about some “Fact or Fiction”, mixed with some Q&A and a lot of random thoughts and comments sprinkled in for good measure? Does that sound like a plan or what? It may get a bit confusing along the way, but then again, it always does. Let’s get this baby started with some random thoughts and comments.

Thoughts & Stuff…

Big news on the “Woo Woo Woo” Broski himself, Zack Ryder. It looks as if Zack will be taking time off for surgery due to a torn rotator cuff. A bad break for Ryder, but then again, it could also be a blessing in disguise. Ryder, away from the house shows and television, could use this time to re-invent himself. Out of sight and out of mind, right? And then, when he’s medically cleared to return, we could get a new and improved, more serious Zack with nothing but winning and championships on his mind. I hate to see anyone get injured, but much like Bo Dallas, who’s currently nursing a foot injury, Zack’s become one of the top jobbers in the company and he deserves better. Maybe this will give him the opportunity to work those political strings, make nice with the powers-that-be and the so-called “Creative Team” and make a new, fresh start. Zack Ryder as a future WWE World Heavyweight Champion? Woo Woo Woo – you know it! (I’d like to see it anyhow!)

I just saw where Smackdown will be moving to Thursday nights in January. I guess there’s a big need to fill the void that was left on Thursday’s by the departure of TNA Impact!, which was moved to Wednesday night by the powers at Spike TV. This is actually a good move, I think, for the WWE and SyFy. Friday nights are great and all of that, but the audience that WWE is aiming for (besides the kiddies) is the 18 – 34 group and on Friday, if they have any money left from paying the bills, this crowd likes to go out and party. It’s club night and movie night and walk around the Wal-Mart making fun of other shoppers night. Friday is NOT a big night to stay home and watch TV. On Thursday though, people stay home because they generally have one more day of work (or school) to deal with and thus, they watch more TV. Remember the massive ratings that Smackdown used to draw in the early years? That was on Thursday nights. They did it then and they can do it now. Of course, the show was generally jacked up back then with hot matches, fresh storylines, great characters and lots of energy and excitement. I guess some things have changed. But it’s still a good move in my opinion and should help get the WWE’s overall numbers up a bit with more viewers.

Jim Ross speculated in his blog yesterday that he thinks that the move to Thursday night will not be the only changes for Smackdown and suggests that maybe a new announce team might be possible as well. Ross seems to think that the team of Michael Cole and JBL is over-exposed and I have to agree with him. I like JBL, but RAW and the pay-per-views, plus Sunday morning on Fox News as part of the “Bulls & Bears” panel, is generally enough. And that leaves me wondering, if they do replace JBL and Cole on Smackdown as the announce team, who would take their spot? Renee Young is definitely top favorite and she would be excellent in the role of lead announcer for Smackdown. And for her announce partners, I would suggest Alex Riley and William Regal. Riley has really grown as an announcer since his transition to that role and is improving every day. As for Regal, the current “NXT General Manager”, he has proven time and time again that not only is he a general inside the ring, but he’s one of the most knowledgable and entertaining announcers as well. Why he hasn’t been moved to RAW or Smackdown as part of the announce teams yet is a good question because there are few (and this includes Lawler, JBL and Booker) that are truly in his league. So replace Cole & JBL with Renee, Riley and Regal and I may even start watching Smackdown again. So there you go.

Speaking of Smackdown, I heard that this past week, Adam Rose turned heel on The Bunny. I’m so sorry I missed that… NOT!

Happy Birthday to Chris Jericho, who turns a whopping 44 today.

Let’s move along now and knock out that “FoF” thing. Are you ready? I said, ARE YOU READY? It always seems so easy when DX does it. *sighs*

Wrestling Fact Or Fiction…

As per usual, the questions come from my friends over at 411mania.com/wrestling. The answers come from me.

1. The fact that the WWE opened up the Network to 170 countries and could only raise the number of subscribers from 700,000 to 731,00 is a huge disappointment.

FACT: It has to be a shock to the WWE that so few people decided to jump aboard the WWE Network bandwagon. I know I’m shocked. With 170 countries, it would be logical to expect well over a million subscribers by now and I don’t get it at all. Wrestling fans are a fickle bunch to be sure, but with this, especially at the next-to-nothing costs that the WWE is charging (all together now – $9.99), I was definitely expecting to see them doing much better. It’s crazy!

2. You have no desire to see Rey Mysterio wrestle in WWE again.

FACT: To be honest, Rey has never been one of my favorites and while he’s a talented guy, he just doesn’t do it for me. Let Rey semi-retire and go back to Mexico where he can make an impact in helping new wrestlers and enjoy his legacy. As for the WWE, it’s time to move on and find new talent and stars. Rey Mysterio just isn’t it.

3. Following the success of the Guardians of the Galaxy movie and reports that his contract has been extended for several other films, Dave Batista will never wrestle for WWE again.

FICTION: “Never” is the key word here. I do not think we’ll ever get Batista back in the WWE on a full time basis, but that’s quite okay with me. Much like Rey Mysterio, Batista has never really done it for me either. I think Batista will ride the movie success and do well and in a couple of years, when he needs to promote a movie or starts hitting a slump, he’ll come back to the WWE for that one-shot appearance every so often… and yes, that includes a match or two. He’ll never be back full time, but in wrestling, no retirement is permanent and he will never truly go away either.

4. You have faith in WWE that they will be able to rebuild Ryback and succeed this time around with him.

FICTION: This is the WWE. They will build Ryback and succeed for a while and then they’ll get distracted or someone will play politics backstage and it’ll all fail once again. Ryback is a bit too one-dimensional thus far for any long range plans or long term success. He can be a strong mid-card talent to be sure, but where’s the personality? Where is the character? Until we start seeing those aspects as well, he will never truly succeed for long.

5. WWE offering special and exclusive matches like Rusev vs. Sheamus is exactly the kind of extra content they should be delivering on the WWE Network.

FACT: Absolutely. Make the Network special and make the fans want to subscribe and tune in. Offering exclusive matches and maybe even Network only special events is definitely the way to go. The Network should be “must see” and however they do it, that’s what the WWE needs to do.

6. With about eight weeks left in 2014, the fact that TNA has not announced a new TV deal is a horrible sign for the promotion.

FACT: If they don’t announce something soon, you may as well just go ahead and stick a fork in them. They’re done! ‘Nuff said!

And there you go. That’s the end of the “Fact or Fiction” segment. Now let’s move on and answer a few questions that I’ve had sitting around in my mailbox for the past few weeks.

Wrestling Q&A…

Stephon Woodson: What any 5 people would you choose for your Wargames team?

So are you talking about current wrestlers or are you talking about legends and old-school wrestlers? If I had to make up a team of wrestlers from today’s product to lead into a War Games match against… let’s say “The Authority”, my team would probably be from the current WWE roster, Dean Ambrose & Christian. And I’d bring in (back) Carlito, Chris Masters and Drew McIntyre to round out my team. If I had the chance to build a team using legends, it would be Arn Anderson, The Masked Superstar, Larry Zbyszko, Chris Benoit and Bobby Eaton w/ Paul Heyman coaching from ringside. And just for the hell of it, if I was building a five man team using guys from the NC Indy circuit, who are great wrestlers and just as talented as anyone in WWE or TNA, my “War Games” team would be Ethan Storm, The Main Attraction (Chris Steele and Scott Powers), “Phoenix” Mike Youngblood & Timber the Lumberjack as my team with Jaysn Kross and Joey Nuggs as the ringside generals / managers. And if you don’t know who any of these people are, you should. Look them up!

I just had a thought and I know it won’t happen, but wouldn’t it be nice if the WWE decided to up the stakes one more time with their traditional 5 on 5 Survivor Series match between Team Cena and Team Authority and turn it into a “War Games” match? They want to get the ratings up and the subscription rates up for the WWE Network, then this would be a great way to do it. I doubt it would ever happen, but it’s a thought. Maybe we’ll get a “War Games” rematch between Team Cena and Team Authority somewhere down the road. I’d love to see it.

Edward J. Kirkland: (In no specific order)…Layla, Brooke Tessmacher, Mickie James, Trish Stratus, Gail Kim. Yeah, that’s my personal top 5 all-time hot female wrestlers. Yours…?

My top all-time 5 favorite female wrestlers? That would be, in no specific order: Lisa Moretti (Ivory), Lisa Marie Varon (Victoria / Tara), Sherri Martel, Beth Phoenix and Molly Holly.

Matthew Christopher Maida: What manager / wrestler combination, be it single wrestler and manager or stable and manager did seem to actually legitimately enjoy being around each other.

I think that Jim Cornette and his team of the Midnight Express, Bobby Eaton and Stan Lane, truly enjoyed each others company. I think that Paul Heyman and CM Punk were legitimate friends as well as on-screen partners, as are Heyman and Brock Lesnar. I know that Baby Doll and Tully Blanchard got along great both on and off-screen. And Bobby Heenan and Ric Flair seemed to really have fun together too.

Paul Tarango: Do you think we will have General Managers back on Raw and Smackdown? If so, who you would you like to see as GM on both shows?

I believe that we will definitely be seeing General Managers back in the WWE, sooner rather than later, especially if “The Authority” disbands as I expect them to. As for who I’d like to see fill the roles of GM for both shows, I’d go with Sting as the GM for RAW and with William Regal as the GM for Smackdown, if he’s not assigned to the announce team instead. If Regal isn’t available, I’d go with JBL as the Smackdown General Manager.

Brian Green: Favorite old school champions? (80’s and earlier) Mine: Nick Bockwinkle and “Superstar” Billy Graham.

If you’re talking about singles wrestling champions, my favorites would be the great Harley Race, Mr. Nick Bockwinkle and multiple time U.S. Champion Blackjack Mulligan. And if we’re going with tag teams, only two teams stand out in my mind as the best of the best of the best. Ray Stevens and Pat Patterson are one team and the other, the men who set the standard for tag team wrestling, the Minnesota Wrecking Crew, Ole and Gene Anderson.

Let’s move on once more.

Thoughts and Stuff Part II…

I was listening recently to a shoot interview with Lisa Moretti, aka “Ivory” and she is truly a legitimate fireball of entertainment mixed with wrestling knowledge. Why has this woman not yet been featured on one of the many, many wrestling podcasts out there. Can you picture Ivory and Stone Cold Steve Austin sitting down and sharing a beer? How about Ivory and Chris Jericho talking about “The Invasion”? JIm Ross hired her for the WWE so I think that they would be able to have a very insightful conversation together. She has so much energy and has seen so much over the years, from her days at G.L.O.W. to the WWE and the Attitude Era. She was a wrestler, a valet, an announcer, etc. I want to hear what she has to say. Hell, give her her own podcast and let her interview folks like Jacqueline, Sable, Mark Henry, her partners from Right To Censor like Godfather, Stevie Richards, Bull Buchanan and D-Lo Brown. Don’t say that you wouldn’t listen because you know you would.

I’ve heard rumors that Stephanie McMahon may be pregnant. This would explain why we’re getting the possible break-up of The Authority and why Steph hasn’t been quite as physical lately on WWE TV as she was only a few months ago. I don’t know if it’s true, but if it is, congratulations to Stephanie and HHH.

Where has Fandango vanished to? At least we get to see Heath Slater as part of the “Slater Gator” team with Hornswoggle and Titus O’Neill and Adam Rose has reappeared on Smackdown, but our resident “Dancing Fool” has vanished into wrestling limbo. I haven’t even seen him mentioned on the house shows. As The Hurricane would say, “Whazzup wit dat?”.

Rusev is the new WWE United States Champion. Isn’t it about time for Zeb Colter and Jack Swagger to go out and start recruiting some new “Real Americans” to help bring that title belt home?

It looks as if Kurt Angle will be staying with TNA for at least as long as they stay in business. Kurt’s desire for a part-time contract didn’t mesh too well with Triple H’s offer of a full-time or nothing deal and thus, no deal was reached. Me thinks that HHH and Vince didn’t want to deal with Kurt’s ego or baggage and thus, only offered the deal they knew he wouldn’t be able to accept. Part of me hates this because I’d love to see Rusev and Lana in the ring trashing America and have their promo cut off by the return of the Olympic Gold Medalist. The pop would be awesome and it’d make for great TV. But part of me also remembers how much of an ass Kurt was with those “Tough Enough” kids back in the day and tried to take advantage of them on live TV (only to have it backfire when Daniel Puder fought back and humiliated Kurt with that keylock… lol). Kurt has some good points, but I think the negatives are there too and WWE made the right call in just saying “NO!”.

And I think that it’s time to wrap this up and call it a day. I’m looking at my notes and I still have several other things to address, but this is getting a bit too long. Besides, I need to get off my butt and go to the store. We’re out of caffeine and Dougie without his Pepsi is NOT a good thing. So I am out of here, my friends. Questions and comments can be sent to Doug28352@yahoo.com. And if you’re on Facebook (and who isn’t), visit my page at facebook.com/saltpalace. And of course, I’m on Twitter at @doug28352.

Thank you for reading and I will be back, sooner rather than later. Count on it! I really do need a Pepsi now. Take care and always be a fan. And to all the Shep Jones supporters out there (you know who you are), WE WON! GO TEAM KERSEY! (I’m sorry – I just couldn’t resist!) As the great Baron Von Raschke would say, “Dat is all de’ people need to know!”. I’m Doug and I’m down and I’m gone. See you next time.

Ubuntu!

Sheriff Allegedly Trying To Buy Votes

Under North Carolina State Election Laws, I found this:

GS 163-275. Certain acts declared felonies.

Any person who shall, in connection with any primary, general or special election held in this State, do any of the acts or things declared in this section to be unlawful, shall be guilty of a Class I felony. It shall be unlawful: For any person to give or promise or request or accept at any time, before or after any such primary or election, any money, property or other thing of value whatsoever in return for the vote of any elector;

And the reason that I looked it up, you ask. Well, it’s come to my attention from several very reliable sources that one of the candidates running in our local election for Sheriff of Scotland County may be guilty of violating this very statue, a felony. What I’ve heard, and this comes from more than one person, is that this past Sunday morning, at the church attended by Sheriff Shep Jones, a promise was made saying that money would be paid to people who bring and recruit a certain number of people to come vote for Shep at the polls today.  I’ve heard different amounts mentioned, but it’s pretty clear that if the people recruit voters for Shep, they get paid.  And that is not only wrong and shady, but also very, very illegal.

Let me clarify that at this point and time, this is only a rumor and allegation, but considering the persons to whom I spoke, I have no reason not to believe it to be true. And if it is true and either the Sheriff or someone representing the Sheriff has made promises to pay his supporters to recruit votes, it’s illegal, shameful and needs to be stopped immediately.

Election are won by debating facts, comparing the candidates and their plans for the future, and getting out the vote for the candidates… legally. Paying voters is not the way that things are done here in Scotland County. We, the citizens deserve better and if this proves to be true, then the person or persons responsibile, need to be arrested, charged and convicted, as well as barred from running for public office again. If this proves to be false, I apologize, but as I said, I trust my sources. The question is, can we trust that candidate? He’s already shown time and time again that he feels he’s above the law that he’s supposed to be enforcing. And it seems that he’s just doing it again.

Think about it…