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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!







Sunday, April 16, 2017

Mar-a-Lago, A Taxpayers Nightmare

Trumps Mar-a-Lago Estate
During this past election, the Trumpster said, "If you're in the White House, who wants to take a vacation".  This sentence was uttered to a crowd of supporters in Spencer, Iowa as a criticism of then President Obama taking a vacation.  Well, here we are 87 days into the Trump presidency and the Trumpster has spent 7 of his 13 weekends at his Palm Beach estate Mar-a-Lago.  NBC news estimates that he would spend at least 28% of his 4 year term at his plush, for profit estate and club.  In fact, since the Trumpster has become President, the membership costs have doubled.  By the way, just in case you were thinking about joining, it would cost you a cool $200,000.00.  People like you and I can only dream of belonging.  Well, not me.  This would be more like a nightmare for me.

Over his first 3 months as our President, the Trumpster has hosted 2 foreign leaders at Mar-a-Lago, Chinese Prfesident Xi Jinping and Japan's Shinzo Abe.  In both instances, they talked policy in the public dinning room of the posh resort and while eating dinner there with Jinping we launched 59 tomahawk missiles into a Syrian air base.  For some reason I think that talking international diplomacy at this level should be done in the White House or not within earshot of the public.  Of course, after the Chinese President left, our boy the Trumpster stayed and shot a few rounds of golf all on the taxpayers dollar.

Trump Hitting Out Of The Rough
Ah, golf.  That brings up another sore subject for me.  No, it's not my poor shooting of that little white devil ball, it's the fact that he blasted President Obama for playing golf and has in fact played more rounds of golf in his first 87 days than Obama did in his first 100 days.  Here are the facts, Barack Obama actually played 333 rounds of golf in the 8 years he was President or 3% of the time he was in office.  So far in 3 months, the Trumpster has played 16 rounds of golf or 18% of his time in office and has racked up cart fee's of over $35,000.  This equates to a cart costing $2,187.50 per round.  WHAT! WHAT!  ARE YOU FREAKIN' KIDDING ME?  Do I smell a rat here?  Are his Mar-a-Lago cronies price gouging the taxpayers for this guy to rent a cart?  It certainly seems that way.

Now, this leads me to my final Gripe about this whole Mar-a-Lago thing.  In case you have had your head in the sand or have been fixated by April the Giraffe giving birth, the Mar-a-Lago property is owned by the man himself, Donald Trump.  This made me wonder who exactly is profiting from the Trumpster's visits?  After some careful research, I decided that who actually pays for his trips is more important.  Besides Trump, 2 dozen A-Lister's from his administration have visited the property over the past 3 months, along with some high level job applicants and even New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft.  All on the Taxpayers buck.  In fact, Judicial Watch estimates the cost of just the trip from Washington to Mar-a-Lago and back is $1,000,000.00 or $142,380 per hour.  So far, the estimated costs of the Trumpsters 7 trips to Mar-a-Lago is somewhere around $10,000,000 or $625,000.00 per trip.  Of course all of this is paid for by the taxes of "We The People".

So, what is the Bottom Line here?  The BL is that the taxpayers of this country are paying for the Trumpster to take trips to his Florida property which is putting profits into the Trump family coffers.  This wreaks of impropriety.  What also stinks is that the Trumpster ripped President Obama during the election for spending too much time away from the White House and for playing golf.  On his present pace, Trump will easily eclipse Obama's trips and expense.  The Trumpster is either a hypocrite or a liar.  I say both.  He bull shitted his way to the White House and his supporters fell for it hook, line and sinker.  In fact many of them that I know, still believe in this parasite.  I can only hope that America opens it's eyes and wakes the hell up to Trumps fleecing of our great country.

Next weekend, I will be heading down to Washington, DC to march in the March for Science.  According to the march organizers, this gathering is being held to protest the Trumpster's hostile views toward science.  I will fill you all in on my next Gripe.            

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire

The latest edition of Time Magazine released this past week shows a black cover with 3 words, "Is Truth Dead".  When it comes to the state of affairs in Washington D.C. and especially at the White House these 3 simple words ring a loud warning bell.  It seems that our leaders in the nations capitol have thrown common sense and truth to the wind for partisan volleys of lies and untruths.  They have blatantly disregarded the intelligence of the American public for their self interests and self esteem by spewing untold lies during interviews or on their Twitter accounts.  Lying seems to be common place anymore.  It is actually sickening.

When I was a kid, my parents taught me not to lie.  It was a fundamental belief that most of us grew up with.  Today, this belief has been thrown to the waste side by the men and women who are deciding the fate of our country every day.  This new trend of untruths is being led by none other than the President himself, Donald Trump, or as I call him The Trumpster.  It seems that every time he opens his filthy pie hole nothing but garbage flows out.  During his campaign, the Huffington Post wrote, "Donald Trump has lied so many times this presidential election campaign that the very value of truth in politics seems meaningless".   He lied to the faces of the American public time and time again during his campaign, but somehow still got elected.  Does this mean that the people just don't give a rats rear end anymore?  It certainly seems that way.  I guess the public was so fed up with politics as usual they decided that a liar was better as President than a full time, qualified politician.

Now that the campaign is over and The Trumpster is actually our President, the lies have not stopped.  In fact they have become bigger and are spewed more often.  On January 23rd of 2017, the Independent wrote, "President Donald Trump cemented his reputation for fabrication on the campaign trail, but ascending to the highest office in the land has not kept him from making false claims", only days after he was sworn into office.  Let's not forget how his mouth piece Kellyanne Conway uttered those ridiculous words about Sean Spicer giving "Alternative Facts".  I just grabbed at my forehead yet again in disbelief as I write this.  There is absolutely no such thing as Alternative Facts.  A fact is a fact...PERIOD!  If it's not a fact than it is a untruth or a lie.

So what is the bottom line here?  It's either our President lives in a fantasy world or he is simply a down right lying sack of crap.  In my opinion it could be either.  The Trumpster once claimed that he was on the cover of Time Magazine 14 or 15 times and that was a record never to be broken.  Wrong-O beaver breath.  Richard Nixon donned the cover 55 times while The Trumpster hit the cover 11 times.  Was this a lie or was he just inflating his own self centered ego.  Either way, this has to stop.  Have politicians in Washington been lying to the American public since the beginning?  Sure they have, but not as blatantly as they are now.  Our President needs to lead by example and reign in the politics of untruths.  It's time for our politicians to come clean and start to lead our country by telling the truth.  If not, We The People need to rise up and vote these knuckleheads out of office.  It's time that they make decisions based on what is good for this country and not was better for their own personal gains.  It certainly seems that the truth is dead in Washington.      

Saturday, March 18, 2017

My Prediction Comes True

I must be a genius. A prognosticating mammal with more powers than the weather predicting rodent Punxsutawney Phil.  A real Nostradamus when it comes to predicting the future.  Back about a year ago during the Presidential election, I predicted that Mexico would not pay one red cent or should I say Peso toward Donald Trumps wall.  I also predicted that our maniacal, delusional President would hoist the burden of his wall onto the backs of us taxpayers.  Boy was I right!

This past week, the Trumpster released his 2017 fiscal budget that included $1.5 billion for his "great" wall.  I put the word great in quotations because the Chumpster himself says that if you do this it broadens the meaning of the word.  This is for a future Gripe.  He is also asking for another $2.6 billion in the 2018 fiscal budget which by the way begins this October.  That is a total of $4.1 billion dollars for a wall in the 2017 calendar year that in my opinion and the opinion of many experts, will not stop the flow of illegal immigrants.  It may slow it down, but it will not stop the flow of illegals coming into our country.  FYI, in case you didn't know, the Department of Homeland Security estimated that the entire cost of this wall would be somewhere near $21.6 billion.  Of course the Chumpster claims that it will only cost a mere $12 billion.  The $21.6 billion must be a "fake" number.

People, I have a real Gripe with this.  Back on the campaign trail, one of the central themes of the Chumpster was, "We are going to build a wall and Mexico is going to pay for it".  In fact his supporters would chant it right along with him when he said it.  It was a call and response rally cry for the Chump campaign.  However, in January, Chump backed off his campaign promise and finally admitted that "We The People" would be paying for the wall, but Mexico would reimburse us for it.  Of course, time and time again Mexican President Enrique Nieto stated that in no way will Mexico pay for this wall.  Former Mexican President Vicente Fox tweeted, "I've said this to @realDonaldTrump and now I'll tell you:  Mexico is not going to pay for that fucking wall."  I love this guy.  He is not afraid to tell it like he sees it. 

Here is the bottom line.  Our President lives in an ivory tower fantasy world where he is used to getting his own way.  The people around him in his business world bow down to him because he holds the ultimate power over them.  In the political realm, Chump does not wield Excalibur all over the world.  He cannot strong arm other countries to genuflect at his feet so he can get what he wants.  Donald Chump lied on the campaign trail and he continues to lie to this day as the President of the United States.  The wall is only one example of the numerous piles of bull shit that he laid on the American public.  I sit here at my lap top shaking my head as I write this.  How could close to half of the American public fall for his forked tongue rhetoric?  I know I didn't.  I made my prediction a year ago and I will stand by it until Mexico sends us a check.  

 

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Top 5 Trump Business Failures

During this heated Presidential election Donald Trump has told us time and time again about how great a business man he is.  He claims that he is a self made billionaire due to his success in making deals.  However, no one really knows the scope of his wealth because he refuses to release his tax information which is required by every candidate.  He may be the first candidate in history to get away without releasing this information.  The question remains, "What is he hiding"?  You see, the Trumpster does have some successful businesses, but he has also had some real disasters.  Here are the Trump-a-zoids Top 5 Business Failures. 

5. Trump Airlines:  In October 1988, Donald Trump purchased Eastern Air Shuttle, a service that for 27 years had run hourly flights between Boston, New York City and Washington, D.C. For roughly $365 million, In the deal he got a fleet of 17 Boeing 727s, landing facilities in each of the three cities and the right to paint his name on an airplane. Trump pushed to give the airline the Trump touch, making the previously no-muss, no-fuss shuttle service into a luxury experience. He added maple-wood veneer to the floors, chrome seat-belt latches and gold-colored bathroom fixtures to his planes.  Little did he realize is people were flying on these planes for the convenience not the fancy look.  This combined with high pre–Gulf War fuel prices meant the shuttle never turned a profit. The high debt forced Trump to default on his loans, and ownership of the company was turned over to creditors.  These friendly skies were not so friendly.

4. Trump Vodka:  This failed business was introduced in 2006 to a much anticipated boatload of fanfare.. Under the slogan "Success Distilled," the liquor was touted as the "epitome of vodka" that would "demand the same respect and inspire the same awe as the legacy and of Trump himself." At the time, Trump predicted the T&T (Trump and Tonic) would become the most requested drink in America, surpassed only by the Trump Martini. On Larry King Live, he said he got into the vodka business to outdo his friends at Grey Goose. Six years later, Grey Goose is still on top shelves throughout the country. As for Trump vodka? Yeah, we'd never heard of it either. The New York City blog Gothamist reports the vodka has stopped production "because the company failed to meet the threshold requirements."  Trump's company also filed an injunction to prevent an Israeli company from selling Trump vodka without his consent or authorization. Meaning the Donald stopped the only people in world who wanted to drink his vodka from doing so.  Today when you go to the liquor store you will not see Trump Vodka.   Frankly, I don't ever remember seeing it.

3. Trump Mortgage: In April 2006, the Trumpster announced that, after years in the real estate business, he was going to launch a mortgage company. He held a glitzy press conference (no surprise there) at which his son Donald Jr. predicted that Trump Mortgage would soon be the nation's No. 1 home-loan lender. Trump told CNBC, "Who knows more about financing than me?" Apparently, plenty. Within a year and a half, Trump Mortgage had closed and gone belly up[. The would-be lending powerhouse was done in by poor timing of the declining housing market and ironically enough, given Trump's Apprentice TV show, poor hiring. The executive Trump selected to run his loan company was E.J. Ridings who claimed to have been a top executive at a prestigious investment bank. In reality, Ridings' highest role on Wall Street was as a registered broker, a position he held for a mere six days.  I guess the Trumpster didn't check references on this hire.  A first year manager knows to do this.

2. Trump: The Game:  Many of you may not have heard of Trump The Game.  Back in 1989, the Trump - U- Later teamed up with Milton Bradley to release Trump: The Game, a Monopolyesque board game in which three to four players must buy and sell real estate and try to trump (get it) one another in business deals. A year later Trump admitted the game was vastly underselling the predicted 2 million units he and the toy company had hoped for. Not one to abandon ridiculous ideas, Trump brought the game back 15 years later after his success on The Apprentice, making sure to incorporate the series catchphrase "You're fired!" into the game. Other updated features included a sterner-looking Trump on the box cover, somewhat simpler rules and cards with business tips. Enduring feature? The considerable tack factor of a Donald Trump board game.  If you check out the board game area in Toys-R-Us, you will not see Trump: The Game.  I'm not sure I want the business tips either.

1. Trump Casinos:  In business, gambles don't always pay off and neither did some of Donald Trump's gambles, especially when that gamble is gambling itself. In February 2009, Trump Entertainment Resorts Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection for the third time in a row which is an extremely rare feat in American business. The casino company, founded in the 1980s, runs the Taj Mahal, the Trump Plaza and the Trump Marina. All three casinos are located in Atlantic City, N.J., where the gambling industry has faced a decline in tourists who prefer gambling in Pennsylvania and Connecticut instead. Trump defended himself by distancing himself from the company, though he owned 28% of its stock. "Other than the fact that it has my name on it — which I'm not thrilled about — I have nothing to do with the company," he said. He resigned from Trump Entertainment soon after that third filing. In August of that year he, along with an affiliate of Beal Bank Nevada, agreed to buy the company for $100 million. The company reported it emerged from bankruptcy in July 2010.

There you have it, the Top 5 business failures of Donald Trump.  When you really look at this it is obvious that this man has no vision of market trends.  He starts businesses that quickly fail because he cannot read where the economic trends are taking our country.  I don't think I want a President who lacks this ability.  I don't want a President who fails to peer into the future based on economic trends and facts.  I don't want this ass clown to be my President.  Make no mistake, Donald Trump has no real plan for the economic future of America.  Frankly, I'm really getting sick and tired of the Trumpster saying he can do it and do it good.  Yea, I can say that too.  

Sunday, June 5, 2016

TRUMP - THE INFIDELITIES

One of Donald Trumps barbs he has shot Hillary Clinton's way involves the infidelity that her husband "Wild Bill" had with intern Monica Lewinsky.  "Chump" seems to think that this makes Hillary a lesser of a candidate because he thinks she is an enabler.  Well, the Chumpster should be careful when he opens up this can of worms.  If you look at his history with wives, you will see that he has been unfaithful as well.

When Donald "Hump" was married to his 1st wife, Ivana, he had an affair with Marla Maples.  Maples who was 17 years younger than "Chump" eventually became his second wife after Evana dumped him like a bad habit.  Married for just 6 years, Maples and "Chump" started out with a fairy tale marriage.  Soon, the honeymoon was over and the two ran into rocky times.  The Chumpoid drifted away from his wife who by the way still has a soft spot in her heart for him even though he was mentally abusive to her near the end.

Enter wife number 3, Melania Knauss.  She met the "Chump" at a party in 1998 and initially refused to give him her phone number.  Why you ask?  Because he was at the party with a date.  Hitting on another woman while there with a date.  Low I would think.  "I heard he was a ladies man and I am not one of the ladies" she said.  They married sometime later and have been happily married ever since, or are they?

The web site TheDirty.com reported that back in 2006, the "Chumpster" cheated on Melania with a porn star named Stormy Daniels.  A source close to Donald claims that he cheated while Melania was pregnant with their son Barron.  In fact he allegedly lured the actress to rooms for sex multiple times.  "Chump" has denied these allegations and has threatened a law suit against the magazine.

To sum it up, who's calling the kettle black.  This clown is nothing but a hypocrite.  He has at least one documented affair maybe two but blasts Hillary Clinton as enabling her husband Bill with his affair.  I say, "Shut the hell up Chump"!  You are a womanizing pig that degrades women without batting an eye.  His reputation seems to have been forgotten by the media as well as his followers who have drunk the Kool Aid.  Don't be fooled by this guy.  He is not one of the good guys.  He is for Trump and Trump alone.  How any woman in this county can actually support him is beyond me.  There is an antidote for this sickness and it is a large dose of common sense.  Get it now!    

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

I'm Back With A Vengence -The Trump Cronicles

I took several months off from writing here at the R2G and felt it was time to come back.  I have been keeping myself busy with work, writing my Beer Meister column in the Times Leader and keeping a very close eye on the current Presidential election.  In fact it's this election for our highest office that has motivated me to bring back the Right To Gripe.

Over the next 6 month's, I am going to set the record straight while giving you facts along with my opinion on the Republican candidate Donald Trump or should I say "Chump".  This guy has bamboozled certain segments of the American population with generalities, name slanderous calling and derogatory remarks concerning women and minorities especially Hispanics.  He claims he is going to build a big wall on our southern border, stop ISIS and put the Russians in their place.  This all sounds good doesn't it.  The only problem is "Chump" has not given the American public a strategic plan on how he intends to get these completed.

Donald "Chump" Trump is nothing but a con man and guess what, I can prove it.  Back in February a report was released by Politico (www.politico.com), a web site dedicated to political news that stated Trump had been planning this Con for a few years now.  Two years ago the "Chumpster" was approached by GOP operatives that wanted him to run for Governor of New York.   He declined the notion but added that these operatives would be useful for when he ran for president.  He said, “I’m going to walk away with it and win outright.  I’m going to get in and all the polls are going to go crazy. I’m going to suck all the oxygen out of the room. I know how to work the media in a way that that they will never take the lights off of me.”

Chump News Network
 Unfortunately for America he was right.  His supreme Con Man powers have lathered media news outlets like CNN (Chump News Network) into covering everything he does so they can report on what nonsense he is going to spew about how great he is and how he can get things done.  He has conned the media into providing the vast majority of his marketing for him.  I have to ask, how dumb can they be?  Evidently idioticly dumb. 

To sum it up, the "Chumpulater" is a Con Mans Con.  He is unfolding the greatest Con in world history and the sad fact is he may just get away with it.  The American people are so sick and tired of politics as usual and are ripe for the taking.  They are like helpless lemmings being lead to the cliff.  If you are thinking of voting for this fraud, think again.  He has no idea on how to make America great again nor does he care.  Trump is simply for Trump.  Nothing more, nothing less.

Each week over the next 6 months, I will be hitting this Con of Con's hard from every angle.  I will give you facts as I get them in and my opinions on them.  I hope to hear from all of you Trumpites.  I'm sure I will.  I also hope to hear from the Stop Trump movement as well.

Next week it's all about the Trump infidelities.  How dare he bash Bill Clinton!           

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Luzerne County Pay Raises

The chaotic state of Luzerne County was dealt a blow to their pocketbook this past week.  The county now needs to come up with more than a half million dollars to cover raises for 3 nearly finalized union contracts.  These insane raises will be dished out to 480 union employees and will total $538,000 after healthcare savings.  The new contracts cover unionized prison employees, assistant district attorneys and public defenders and a multitude of workers in the residual union, including 911 telecommunicators, security guards, maintenance crews and other support staffers in various offices.  All three of these unions have been working under contracts that expired the end of 2013, and none will receive raises for 2014.  Poor babies, no raises for 2014.  It breaks my heart.....NOT!  County Manager Robert Lawton announced these raises but also said that the county saved $115,000 in healthcare concessions.  Wait a minute, a $538,000 in raises versus a $115,000 savings in healthcare?  This does not add up to anything good to me.  If my math is correct, the pin heads from the county just lost $423,000.  I guess they must be using some other type of math so it doesn't look so bad.   Lawton told reporters that about $840,000 of the $42 million earmarked for payroll can be tapped for the union raises because the county typically has a 2-percent position vacancy rate due to delays replacing employees who leave, Lawton told council.

Here is a breakdown of these raises and my thoughts.

• Prison —2.5-percent raises this year and 2 percent in 2017 and 2018. Instead of a raise, workers will receive 2.5-percent bonuses that are not permanently added to their base salaries in 2016.  The compensation of corrections officers ranges from $28,155 to $56,311, according to the county’s position report. A 2.5-percent increase would be $704 at the low end and $1,408 on the high. 
(This reminds me of an NFL contract laced with incentive bonuses.  This is nothing more than a smoke and mirrors show to deflect what the real % of increase is.  I can bet that all of the employees will make their bonus)

• Assistant district attorneys/public defenders — 2015, 3 percent; 2016 and 2017, 3.25 percent; and 2018, 4 percent.
The salaries of most full-time assistant district attorneys range from $40,000 to $52,300, which equates to raises from $1,200 to $1,569 this year, county records show. The compensation for full-time assistant public defenders runs from $40,000 to $64,550, records show.
(I'm really confused here?  The public defenders make more money on the high end than the assistant district attorney's?  No wonder the joke around the county is you can get away with murder in Luzerne County.  Shouldn't the D.A.'s make more that the public defenders?  I say give the D.A.'s office all of the money and make the P.D.'s fend for themselves.)

• Residual — 2015, 2.5 percent; and 2016 and 2017, 2 percent. 
( I can only assume this mysterious category is for the remainder of the union people covered under these contracts.  When it comes to government I really am skeptical of generalities when it comes to money.  What I do know is these workers are getting a 2.5% raise in 2015 and 2% in 2016 and 2017.) 

The bottom line here is the county needs to dump these unions and come into the real world.  These workers have been milking the teat of the taxpayers for as long as I can remember and it has to stop.  As I write the Gripe, I have a tube of KY next to me because you can bet our taxes are going up.  How else will the county nimrods be able to fund these raises.  I for one am sick and tired of getting bent over and jammed with increased taxes.  My pay does not go up to compensate for added expenses and my guess is neither does the pays for most people working in the private sector.  It's business as usual over at the courthouse on River Street.  I think it's time to hang the closed for business sign on the door and cleanse the halls of the mismanaged government.