Tossing Salt Presents:
Pop Culture and Current Events: Fact or Fiction
(Trump, O’Reilly, Same Sex Marriage and More)
April 19, 2017
Are you ready to do that Fact or Fiction thing? It’s Wednesday afternoon, hump day, and since I don’t think I’ll be doing any humping, I decided to do some “FoF’ing” instead. Thoughts and comments are welcome. Let’s do this…
So far, Donald Trump has done a good job as President of the United States.
FACT: And I never thought that I would be the one saying that, but so far, despite the best efforts of the Democrats in Congress, as well as a few missteps, due mainly to having to learn as they go, Trump has done far better than I would have expected. He’s trying, via executive order, to keep his campaign promises as best he can, he’s had his pick for Supreme Court Justice confirmed and seated, and he’s sent a message to the world that the days of kissing butt and bending over in the face of adversity are over with. Do I think he was the best pick to be President? Nope, but when push came to shove and a decision had to be made in the general election, he was the best of the available candidates. I think he loves our country and is doing what he feels is best for our nation and ALL of it’s citizens, not just select groups, and trying to make America great again. I don’t agree with him on everything and probably never will, but he’s giving it everything he has to do the job of President and do it well and deserves to be commended for that.
Same Sex Marriage should be repealed.
FICTION: Recently, a couple of legislators in my home state of North Carolina, introduced a bill to overturn the Supreme Court decisions regarding same-sex marriage and instead follow the State Constitutional Amendment that was passed a few years ago, defining marriage in North Carolina as a union between a man and a woman. That bill was dead on arrival in it’s presentation to the NC State House, as well it should be. Marriage is a bond and committment between two people who love each other and want to show that love with a vow of committment. It’s also a legally binding contract that helps to clarify ownership of property, legal relationships and formal recognition of what is considered family. All of the critics and sceptics cried and whined that allowing same-sex marriage to exist was going to bring about the end of time, the end of life as we know it, was against the bible, etc. So far, none of that has happened and so far as being against the bible, so is divorce, adultery, pre-martial sex, eating shellfish, lust, tattoos and judging others. It seems that on this topic, the hypocrisy runs pretty strong. It’s here and not going anywhere, as it should be. I deserve the same right to fall in love and be married one day as anyone else and if it happens to be with another man, so be it. If you don’t like gay marriage, don’t marry a gay person. Otherwise, get over it. ‘Nuff said!
ABC Stores should open on Sunday.
FACT: Recently in Fayetteville, there was some discussion about resturants not being able to serve alcoholic drinks to their customers on Sunday until after 12:00 noon due to the “blue laws” restricting the times for which alcohol can be bought and / or served. I remember the days, working in stores, where we had to quit selling alcoholic beverages at 2:00am during the summer and then, due to the time change that was Daylight Savings TIme, 1:00am during the winter months. And then we would resume selling at 7:00am on weekdays and 1:00pm on Sundays. Later, that was changed to allow sales from 7:00am to 2:00am every day except for Sunday when the time allowed is now 12:00 noon to 2:00am. I understand the restrictions at night, to keep drunk drivers off the streets and help limit the number of people out late and all liquored up. But Sunday? The restrictions in hours allowing the sale of alochol is all due to the so-called “Blue Laws” which were passed to keep the religious and church going folks happy back in days of past. But now, it’s time to admit that for most people, Sunday is just another day and if they want to go buy a 12-pack of beer at 9:00 in the AM, they should be allowed to do so just as they would any other day of the week. And the local ABC store, at least here in North Carolina, is closed because of these same laws.
Disclosure here: I work in an ABC store and I greatly knowing that I have each and every Sunday off. That’s a great feeling knowing that at least one day a week, I don’t have to worry about the store and customers and all of that. But from a business sense, think of the money that would be made opening on a Sunday? Even if it’s just limited hours, like maybe 1pm – 6pm or something like that, the increase in store profits alone would make it worth it. And the inconvenience our customers have to face now, not being able to buy what they, constenting and legal adults, want to purchase, would come to an end. The only reason to not open the stores on Sunday is because of out-dated laws and resistance to change. It’s time to fix that and go with practicality and good business instead.
Bill O’Reilly should be fired from Fox News, due to all of his recently settled sexual harassment lawsuits.
FICTION: While part of me says that yes, O’Reilly should be terminated for all of the women he’s allegedly harassed, I know it’s not going to happen. O’Reilly is an ass-clown and everyone knows it. But he’s also the top-rated personality on Cable News, leaving everyone else way behind in the rear view mirror. O’Reilly makes far too much money for Fox and is too big a name to go after, no matter what he has or hasn’t allegedly done. Is it right? Nope, but it is how it is. O’Reilly and Fox are paying out millions of dollars to the alleged victims, but I still wonder how much of these allegations against O’Reilly are true and how many of them are made-up and exaggerated because of who he is and the company he represents. If it was my call at Fox, I’d probably do the same thing that they’re doing, pay off the lawsuits to make them go away, give Bill a strong warning that any alleged behavior must stop NOW or else he will be terminated, and then move on, putting it all behind us. It’s the smartest thing, business wise, to do since none of O’Reilly’s viewers seem to care and his ratings are actually up as of late. Make him take a class or something and so long as nothing new ever comes up, that’s the end. And if anything new comes up, new allegations that happened after the warning, then he would be terminated, regardless of the cost to the network. Money talks and O’Reilly is probably safe from any reprocussions from any of this at Fox though. If the ratings ever start to slip though, things might change, but not until then.
Cell Phones should be banned from use inside public businesses.
FACT: I hate cell phones. I admit it. And when you’re in a store or place of business and someone is just chatting away on their phone, being loud and obnoxious, it’s one of the most annoying things in the world and just plain rude as hell. If the call is that important, go outside and sit in your car and talk. And when you finish, come into the store and take care of your business. And if that’s too hard, which it obviously is for some people, at least have the common courtesy to put the phone away when you come to the cash register. The cashier is there to provide customer service and help you, but that’s not easy to do when the customer is chatting on the phone, oblivious to everything and everyone around them and is all distracted. Have some respect for others. The call can wait and believe me, no one wants to hear your conversation. We just want to get in and complete our business and get out with as few problems as possible. Not having to deal with people and their cell phones would be a great way to do more of this.
And there you go. Thanks for reading and I’ll catch you on the flip side. Questions and comments can be sent to Doug28352@yahoo.com. I’m down and gone.