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THE RIGHT TO GRIPE

I had to do it! I had to create a blog so you and I could gripe about all of "The Crap" that we encounter everyday in our lives. Believe me, there is plenty! You can now come to this blog to Gripe because you have the right to do so. Over time, we will Gripe about topics ranging from sports to politics to just about all of the garbage that happens around us. When you Gripe, you can add your name or not. It's your right! You can vent any way you want. Use foul language if you are angry enough to and if you are offended, just Gripe It! Hell, we have been banned from Facebook twice! You can Gripe about people, places and things. The only thing I ask is if you are going to Gripe about someone and you use their name, make sure you have the facts straight or say it's your opinion. Otherwise they will sue your and my ass off! It's your RIGHT TO GRIPE! You can respond to one of our Gripes or you can lay down your own Gripe. It's easy. To post your own Gripe just email it to therighttogripe@hotmail.com and we will get it on. You can also post a Gripe on our Facebook page. Just search The Right To Gripe. If you don't want to write it down, just click on one of the boxes below each Gripe to give your opinion. You can also become an official "Griper". All you need to do is "Sign Up" and create an account. IT'S FREE! So, don't sit back and take it, just GRIPE IT!







Saturday, April 19, 2014

GRIPE SHOTS

 Work is the curse of the drinking classes......Oscar Wilde

Shame on me.  I have been away from the R2G for way to long.  You know how it goes, WORK, home stuff, WORK, the family, WORK, friends and yes WORK.  The dreaded 4 letter word.....WORK.  The word we all dread just about every morning when we open are eyes.  WORK.  There are days that we love to WORK and then there are days we hate it with every fiber of our being.  There are some who need to WORK and then there are some who just like to WORK.  There are all types of WORK.  There is office WORK, field WORK, house WORK, dirty WORK, assembly line WORK, warehouse WORK and the list goes on and on and on.  The one thing we all know about WORK is that we do not get paid enough for the work we do.  Companies short change employees with the knowledge that there is not a lot of WORK available out there.  Employees are doing the WORK of 3 people but still getting the same pay.  Pretty soon companies will be doing everything with no one.  We all WORK hard at what we do so what so we get....more WORK!  Yep, Mary has left the company, lets not fill her position.  Sally is a hard worker, let's give the WORK to her.  Let's overload Sally and then when the WORK does not get done or there are mistakes, we can blame Sally.  Then is we have to let Sally go, we can split the WORK up for 3 other people because it was too much WORK for one person.  You have seen this scenario before.  In fact many of you have lived it.  Maybe if companies really evaluated the actual WORK loads and hired a few more people, the WORK would get done correctly by a group of happy workers.  Instead, all they look at is the bottom line.  How can we make this bloated budget that we promised the owners.  WORK, who needs it?  Unfortunately we all do.

Rob "It's a Miracle" Mericle is set to have is time before a judge next Thursday for his role in the "Kids For Cash" scandal that rocked Luzerne County.  Judge Edwin Kosik will determine the fate of Mericle with one swift swing of his gavel.  In my opinion, he deserves some time in the crow bar hotel.  Anyone involved with ruining the lives of children deserves some time with Bubba in the slammer.  Now that Mericle is up for sentencing all of his friends and associates are coming forward to say how nice a guy he is and if the judge locks him up his business will go in the toilet.  If his business goes south, then he must not have very good management running the show.  I have two words for all of this, "Tough Crap"!  He should have thought about all of this before he broke the law.  He committed the crime and now he should do the time.  In plain English he got greedy.  He took the cash and ran all the way to the juvie detention center.  He may be the greatest guy to be born on this planet, he does loads for charities, but he did break the law.  I say lock him up and maybe when he gets out he will have learned a valuable lesson.

Finally, Easter is here and it appears that this is another holiday that is going by the waste-side.  A vast majority of businesses are open and some don't even recognize Easter as a holiday.  What the hell is going on here.  For the christian religions, Easter is the most important holiday of the year.  It is the time that Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead to save the souls of mankind and their wicked ways.  If you have to work on Easter Sunday, I say call off.  If everyone called off, the businesses would not open.  It's high time "We The People" get some well deserved time off from WORK.  No work on major holidays.  The corporate greed must end somewhere and the time is now.           

Sunday, March 16, 2014

St. Patrick's Day Parades

It's St. Patrick's Day weekend here in NEPA and the cities of Scranton and Wilkes-Barre are having their annual parades.  These parades are some of the top ones in the country.  People flock from miles around to see the marchers, floats, bands and bag pipers slowly meander down the main drags of both towns.  Even the Mummers dawn their over bearing green costumes to march in these parades.  If the Mummers show up you know it's big time.  Before, during and after the parade, revelers drink themselves into a self induced alcohol coma with green beer and shots of Irish Whiskey that they normally don't drink.  Local bars and eateries are packed to the gills with people dressed in green slamming down drinks like it's their jobs.  It is 12 to 18 hours of sheer, good clean fun for all.  You can't beat it. 

Hell, so whats to Gripe about?  I can only think of one thing, the weather.  Wilkes-Barre always gets Mother Natures shaft for St. Patrick's Day weekend while Scranton stays in her good graces year after year after year.  Take last year for example, Scranton had a bright sunny day with temps in the mid to upper 40's.  Wilkes-Barre, wet snow and sub freezing temperatures.  This year Scranton had a gorgeous sun lit day with highs in the mid to upper 40's once again.  For Wilkes-Barre, it will be sunny, but the high will only be around 30 degrees with winds at 10 to 15 mph.  This means the wind chill factor will be around 10 to 15 degrees.  It will be ball nipping cold under all those kilts.  It seems that over all the years Scranton gets the better end of the stick when it comes to the parade weather.

For one, I am sick of Scranton getting the good weather for the St. Patrick's Day Parade.  Why does Wilkes-Barre get the shaft year after year?  I can tell you I have marched in many of these parades and it is always bone ass cold for Wilkes-Barre.  In fact, I stopped marching because of this and this alone.  Instead, I hike up my kilt and head to Senunas' pub on North Main St to tip a few beers to salute my Irish heritage with my friends and family.  I thumb my nose at Mother Nature, she can't stop me today.  To all I wish a Happy St. Patrick's Day.           

Sunday, March 2, 2014

I'm As Mad As Hell

I'm as mad as hell and I'm not gonna take it anymore.  There are a few things stuck in my craw that have been chaffing my irritation button for a week or so now.  First off, why hasn't Kids For Cash participant Rob Mericle been sentenced yet.  Mericle pleaded guilty in September to withholding information on a crime for taking actions that prosecutors said helped former judges Mark Ciavarella and Michael Conahan conceal the source of $2.8 million Mericle and Attorney Robert Powell had paid them.  It seems to me that 5 months is a long time to wait for sentencing.  Prosecutors allege the money, roughly $2.1 million of which was paid by Mericle, was a reward for rulings the judges made that ensured two juvenile centers once co-owned by Powell maintained a high occupancy rate.  On a positive note, federal prosecutors now have a motion in front of a judge to change the sentence possibility from the minimum to the max for his role in this despicable affair.  Let's see if the federal judge has enough guts to allow the justice system to throw the book at this crook.

Shame on Kraft Foods.  They have struck a deal with Genpact foods to ship jobs from our area to India.  WHAT!  WHAT! ARE YOU FREAKIN' KIDDING ME!  On Monday, Kraft foods informed their 350 employees that work in the Hanover Industrial Park that they will be moving to Genpact which is a few miles away.  Under the "Strategy Description employees saw,
  
 “Genpact was chosen by Kraft senior management to provide order to cash services. This bid waiver covers the 5-year term of the contract for the OTC services. Kraft employees will be transferring to Genpact. Contract language includes the agreed upon severance, benefits and all employment related provisions. Pricing for the first year is based on FTE count. Thereafter, Kraft has rights to convert to transaction based pricing. Kraft will exit Wilkes-Barre by July 1, 2014 and move into Genpact’s Wilkes-Barre facility. Beginning July, 2015 FTE will being (sic) to transition to Genpact’s India facility.”

It's time for this crap to stop.  I recommend that we all boycott products produced by Kraft Foods.  It's time we send a message to these companies that "we are as mad as hell and we're not gonna take it anymore".

And finally, it appears that the Insane Clown Posse at the Luzerne County Courthouse have screwed up yet again.  Our County Council debate over the 2014 budget has held up tax bills from being sent out.  The Council has been debating over an 8% tax hike.  The bills were supposed to be mailed out in January but are now just going out.  No big deal right?  Yes big deal.  The county now has only about $2 million is reserves to cover expenses which include payroll and other bills.  Local tax collectors are required to turn over tax payments by the 10th of each month which now means the county will not get any more money until April 10th.  Two million bucks does not go a long way when you are trying to cover the bills for a month and a half.  All I can say is, "What a bunch of idiots".  I made the call a few years ago that this Council form of government will not work.  I predicted that many things will get caught up in gridlock due to the members not agreeing and "BOOM" here it is.         

Sunday, February 23, 2014

U.S. Men's Hockey Team Left Sochi Early

The expectations were high for the United States Men's ice hockey team.  They should have been since we assembled what was supposed to be the best NHL players who hailed from our 50 states.  In fact, nothing short of the gold medal would be acceptable for our hockey players.  The silver or bronze would just not do.  Last year, our team went to the gold medal game and lost to Canada and this has been sticking in our craw for 4 long years.  An eternity for players who had their gold medal hopes shattered by a very good Canadian team in their home country on the ice in Vancouver.  Going into these Olympic Games hopes were very high for a rematch against our dreaded neighbors from the north.  Make no mistake, the one and only goal was to play the Canadians for the gold medal and win.

 As the games started, our U.S. team looked invincible.  In their first game they crushed Slovakia 7-1.  Next they beat the Russian home team 3-2 in an 8 round shootout.  A game for the ages.  In the third game our guys beat Slovenia 5-2.  Up next were the dreaded Habs.  The Canadian NHL All Star Team.  In a very close game, the U.S. lost 1-0.  Another crushing defeat which eliminated them from the gold medal game.  The dream of gold was over.  Defeated by our arch rivals yet again.  Canada would now move on to play Sweden for the gold medal.  The U.S. team would move to the "losers" bracket to play Czechoslovakia for the bronze medal.  The gold was out of reach but a medal was still within their grasp.  The Americans had a chance to win back to back medals in Men's Hockey since 1956 and 1960.  Some 50 years ago.  The motivation to win this bronze medal game should have been there even if it was somewhat dulled a bit.

On Saturday, our team took the ice and got routed by Finland 5-0.  Throughout the game the U.S. had plenty of chance to hike up their britches and win one for the good old U.S. of A.  Instead, they folded up like a house of cards in a hurricane.  Patrick Kane hit the right crossbar on a penalty shot and then later missed on a breakaway shot.  Goalie Jonathan Quick who had been stellar during the games allowed 5 goals to the Fins on 21 shots.  Two of the goals were in the third period on power plays due to U.S. penalties.  It was obvious that the team was just not interested in the color bronze.  I must say that after watching this game it was painfully obvious that our players had folded up camp and were mentally heading home.  They were heading home to get ready for the NHL season to resume.  They were heading back to their NHL teams and their big salaries. 

So who is really to blame for this debacle on ice?  Is it the players?  Is it the U.S. Olympic Committee?  Or is it the coach, Dan Bylsma?  You would have to blame all of the above.  First off did our Men's Hockey guru's choice the right players?  I would say not since they packed it in after losing to Canada.  In my opinion a bronze medal is better than no medal.  Hell, you are representing your country.  You can't pack it in.  Maybe our people should have looked a little more toward character and a little less on talent.  As for the players, shame on all of you for quitting on your country.  No actual hockey fan expected this team to come out of Sochi with a gold medal.  The team was not good enough.  They did not have a top shelf scorer.  They had good players but no great players like Canada did.

U.S. Coach Dan Bylsma
As for U.S. Coach Dan Bylsma, he failed us even more.  It was his job to get the team past the loss to Canada.  It was his job to get the players ready to play for the bronze medal.  It was an epic FAIL on his part.  Simply put, Bylsma oversaw the worst 24 hours of U.S. Hockey history.  A loss to Canada and then an embarrassment to Finland.

 “I think the [Canada] game took a lot out of us,” said Zombie Bylsma in a low-key postgame press conference. “Took a lot out of us emotionally.”  

This comment speaks volumes to how he failed to get the team prepared for Finland.  At this point they had no chance to win.  They were defeated before they laced up their skates.  Bylsma is a players coach and these types of coaches rarely win titles.  What we need is a hard nosed take all kind of coach with nothing short of a killer instinct.  A coach like this will pick players with a win at all costs attitude.

So, what is the bottom line here?  It's time for our Olympic Committee to take a hard look at itself.  They need to clean house and put people in place that have winning attitudes.  It's time to have pride in giving everything you have for your country in whatever event you participate in.  Being off of the medal stand is simply not acceptable.  We have great athletes, the best training facilities and the best equipment.  It is now time to instill the best attitudes in our coaches and athletes for the 2018 games in South Korea. 

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Winter Olympics - Gold Medal Gripes

Yuzuru Hanyu
I am a dedicated fan of all our Olympians.  USA, USA, USA.  I chanted it when our men's ice hockey team beat Russia yesterday in 8 rounds of a shootout.  What a great game!  I have watched these Winter Games every night of the week since they started.  I have watched everything from the biathlon to curling.  However, I have a few Gripes that I need to lay down concerning these games.

1.  Figure Skating:  Frankly, I just don't get it.  I don't understand how the judges score it.  The other night in the men's free skate, Japan's Yuzuru Hanyu fell not once, but twice and won the gold medal.      I always thought if you fell it was pretty much over especially if another skater performs perfectly.  I know he broke a record for most points in the short program, but c'mon, he hit the ice twice.  Was everyone else that bad?  I didn't think so.  Speaking of points, how the hack are they tallied up?  I know a quad jump is worth more than a triple.  Hanyu fell on a quad jump but got points for the attempt.  WHAT!  Points for simply an attempt.  Hell I would attempt nothing but quad jumps and pray that I landed one or two.  In my opinion perfection trumps a simple attempt.  I always said figure skating was fixed and now I am sure of it.  The 3 or 4 favorites are the only ones that have a chance.

The Agony of Defeat
2.  Ski Jumping:  Since when did they add style points to ski jumping?  It used to be nothing but raw distance and landing upright.  Now they have style points and plus or minus wind points.  ARE YOU FREAKIN' KIDDING ME!  Like figure skating, style points are nebulous and up for interpretation.  A jumper could go further but end up not winning.  It doesn't make any sense?  Also, have you ever looked at the jumping ramp?  There is no actual snow on it.  It is white plywood with ski grooves and rails.  It is virtually impossible to fall like Slovenia's Vinko Bogataj did in 1970.  Remember ABC's Wide World of Sports intro with the Agony of Defeat.  Yep, that was Vinko.  I believe he suffered a concussion.  Today, their ski's cannot go awry because they are in pre-made grooves with rails along side of both sides.  What fun is that?

Plushenko Folds Up
3. Finally for today, let me say that NBC's coverage is poor at best.  Every night in prime time all we get is figure skating, speed skating and skiing.  They may throw in another event for 10 minutes of the 3 hour broadcast.  By the way, what's up with Bob Costas and that eye infection.  I think he was all bombed up at a local Sochi bar and got worked over.  Speaking of getting worked over, someone needs to put a muzzle on Tom Hammonds.  The other night I thought he was going to go down to the ice and kiss the Russian mens skater Evengi Plushenko.  Plushenko hurt his back and bailed out on his long program.  C'mon man, it's the Olympics and you are the favorite to win gold.  You have to suck it up and get out there.  U.S. skater Jeremy Abbott fell the night before the long skate and injured his hip.  He still came out with a gutsy performance the next day.  USA, USA.  My guess is we will never hear from Plushenko again because Putin will send him to the salt mines of Minsk.

There you have it.  My Gripes on the Olympics for week one.     

Saturday, February 8, 2014

America Is Beautiful

Last Monday there was plenty of talk around town about the Super Bowl.  Just about everyone thought it was a total bust from the game to the half time show to the commercials.  Most of these conversations ended with, "Hey, what did you think of that Coke commercial"?  Many, after careful consideration said that they were offended by it and shame on Coke for doing it.  In case you missed it, Coke had several young bi-lingual American women sing America The Beautiful in another language.  In a spot called It's Beautiful, this patriotic tune was sung in English, Spanish, Tagalog, Mandarin, Hindi, Hebrew, Keres, Senegalese-French and Arabic.  This set the country on its ear which solicited many opinions on Facebook and Twitter.  Even the mainstream media got involved as did our politicians.  For days, this was a hot topic all over the country. 


So why all the hub bub?  Well, in the eyes of many Americans, the song America The Beautiful is sacred and should only be sung in English.  In my mind there are only two other patriotic songs more sacred, God Bless America and The National Anthem.  Should they be sung in English only?  Sure, but I get what Coke was doing here.  America has always been a melting pot of all ethnic backgrounds.  People from all over the word aspire to come to America.  Two of the girls that had parts responded to all of this by saying,      


"The message that we're sending through this video is so beautiful, that we are all the same," said Sushmitha, who sings in Hindi, in a YouTube video posted by Coca-Cola. "We just have different backgrounds and that's OK."

Everybody, they want to come into America to be free and make friends and just be happy," said Natalie, who sang in Hebrew,
 
I have to admit, I have no problem with this at all.  I thought the commercial was tastefully done and sent the message that we are all Americans.  Even with all our shortcomings, we all love our country and would defend it with our lives.  It doesn't matter what language we sing it in, America id beautiful and no one can take it away from us.  Heck, the seal of The United States of America is printed with a foreign language on it....E Pluribus Unum.  Which by the way is Latin for "Out of many, one".  I bet all of those haters out there forgot about this little tid-bit.  To sum this all up, grow up people and smell your stench emanating from your own filthy spewing pie hole.  It will turn your own stomach so "SHUT THE HELL UP"!  I say you go Coke. You have everybody talking about your product and that is marketing genius.    

Friday, February 7, 2014

Super Bowel

It has taken me about a week to digest last Sunday's Super Bowl between the Seahawks and the Broncos.  After careful consideration I can say that this is one if not the worst Super Bowl that I have ever seen.  The game was a blow out, the commercials sucked, Fox's coverage stunk, Joe Buck and Troy Aikman blew as usual and Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers are not my favorites.  Over all, it was a bust.  It was the Super Bowel of sports.  By half time we had put all of the food away and were dozing off in our seats.  It was an absolute bore-fest.

As for the game, a safety on the first play really got the Broncos off to a Rocky Mountain start.  I wonder what the odds were and the payout for a safety on the first play.  I may bet $10 on that every year.  During the game, Peyton Manning looked more confused than the Wilkes-Barre cops at a murder scene.  Seattle's defense looked like they knew what plays he was calling.  Wait a minute, they did know because they figured out his hand signals.  The Hawks D was on the Bronco's players like stink on a monkey.  They didn't have a chance.  After the first quarter, the 100 million people who watched this mess knew it was over.  All they had to look forward to was the commercials.

Speaking of commercials, they flat out stunk!  Very few were funny except for the dogs with the big heads.  That one brought out a slight chuckle from my already turning stomach.  The coup de gras was the Coke commercials that had women singing American The Beautiful in several different languages.  I can tell you that this had people bitching around the old water cooler on Monday morning.  As for myself, I will give my opinion here on the R2G over the weekend.

Finally, lets talk about Fox's coverage of the Super Bowel.  IT BLEW MONKEY ASS!  How many times did they show that moron Pete Carroll prowling the sidelines?  I'll tell you, at least 58 times.  Yes, you read that right.  At one point during the game I thought Buck and Aikman were going to bolt down to the sideline and smother Carroll with kisses.  As usual, these two ASS CLOWNS made total idiots out of themselves.  Why would it be any different than any other Sunday game.

Overall, this Super Bowel was a bust.  Let's see if 100 million chumps watch the game next year.  My guess the ratings will be down.  As for me, if my team is not in it I will be thinking long and hard about watching this yearly fiasco.