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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, January 3, 2015

Levee Fee News

As I knew it would, 2015 is starting out with a Griping BANG!  No, it's not the mysterious bangs that people heard in several parts of our area.  I did not hear "The Bang" myself, but one of our faithful Gripers, Bob W. and his daughter Grace did.  They said it was so loud that it shook their house.  I am not sure why I didn't hear it, but it may have been due to 3 Kingston Police Cruisers flying up my street at warp speed.  Maybe the bang was from these jabronies breaking the sound barrier.  It appears that they were in hot pursuit of guy who kidnapped his girlfriend and kids.  And you thought I was going to say in pursuit of hot donuts!  This high speed chase ended up with the car crashing and one person taken into custody.  No one was injured in this high speed affair.

Yep, 2015 has started off with a wallop.  A wallop to our pocketbooks.  On New Years Eve Luzerne County Judge Richard M. Hughes issued a 42 page decision upholding the County Levee Fee stemming from a trial back in September.  I guess his secretary must have been hand writing this decision with a colonial feather pen.  This trial goes all the way back to 2009 when the Municipality of Kingston along with 6 of its residents filed a lawsuit challenging the legality of this bogus fee.  Their argument, and a valid one I must say, is that all residents of Luzerne County should be taxed and not just people who live in the Agnes Flood Zone.  They contest that in 2011 the levee held back 42.66 feet of water which was higher than the 40.91 feet in 1972.  They argue that more areas would have been flooded which makes sense to me.  They also argue that higher elevation properties generate storm water and should be taxed as well.  Again, I agree.  As we build more houses and pave roads on the mountains, rain and snow melt run down to the storm drainage system in the valley at a faster pace.  These storm drains and catch basins were not made to handle this high volume of water.  The result is more localized street flooding along with faster storm drainage into the Susquehanna River.


The Bottom Line here is the mindless idiot County Commissioners at the time from Luzerne County Petrilla, Skrepenak And Urban decided to stop funding flood protection back in 2009.  Maybe one of the dumbest moves they have ever made.  Instead they laid the burden of protection squarely on the backs of the taxpayers with this bogus Levee Fee. To top it off, this Moron Judge upholds the Counties decision.  What else did you think he was going to do.  I have voiced my opinion on the R2G many a time on the Levy Fee.  IT STINKS!  It is a selective tax forced onto the people who lived in the Agnes Flood area.  What about the people that live outside the flood zone who come to work in the flood area?  They benefit from the levee.  What about the people who shop within the flood zone?  They benefit from the levee.  Before you know it the county will impose a fee on everyone that has the number 2 in their house number.  This fee just plain STINKS!  What we all should do is simply refuse to pay it.  What would the county do then?  I'll tell you....NOTHING!  They couldn't put us all in the slammer.  They could not get Rob Mericle to build jails fast enough. 

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Top 10 Weirdest Stories of 2014

Happy New Year!  Yep, another Gripe filled year is behind us and what 2015 will bring is still unknown.  I do know that people will continue to do dumb things at an accelerated rate and more and more weird stuff will make us shake our heads.  To kick off 2015 I would like to get you all prepared with the Top 5 Weirdest Stories of 2014.

5. Human Barbie Doll Wants To Live Off Light:  The human "Barbie Doll" Valeria Lukyanova was back in the spotlight this past year when she declared that her goal is to live off of light and air.  She has adopted the "Breatharian" way of living which consists of not eating or drinking but to live off of the "cosmic microdust".  Back in March she was quoted as saying, "In recent weeks I have not been hungry at all," Lukyanova said, according to the International Business Times. "I'm hoping it's the final stage before I can subsist on air and light alone."  We will have to keep our eyes out for her Obituary.

4.  Worlds Dirtiest Man Smokes Poop:  80 year old Amou Haji of Iran has the distinction of being named the dirtiest man in the world.  Haji certainly can't count clean living as the reason for his good health at such a late age in life.  Instead he claims that smoking animal poop and not bathing for 60 years are his fountain of youth.  He also likes to eat porcupine meat.  Amou adopted this lifestyle after what he says was a very emotional period in his life.  By the way, he lives alone.  Go figure?

3. The Triple Nipple:  Back in September Florida woman Jasmine Tridevil reportedly spent $20,000 to get a third boob surgically implanted on her chest in a twisted attempt to look less attractive to men.  "I don't want to date anymore," when asked why she added the extra mammary complete with an artificial nipple and tattoo to resemble an areola.  But she's still proud of the apparent triple nipple.  "It was really hard finding someone that would do it too because they’re breaking the code of ethics," she said. "But I got a breast implant and a mini implant to make it look like there’s a nipple poking out."  Faulty thinking here.  You can't have enough nipple.

2.  Mr. DDD:  A man that calls himself Double Dick Dude was born with a rare disorder called Diphallia.  Yes, he has two penises.  His real identity has remained a secret, however he did say that he was bisexual and is in a relationship with another couple.  He also revealed that both reach a length of 6 inches but one can hit 7 inches if he is really aroused.  To check out DDD... http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/02/man-with-two-penises-reddit-ama_n_4531433.html  
He also likes to go commando all year around.  Give him a call ladies.

1. Sex Toy Stuck In Woman's Vagina For 10 Years:  A 38-year-old woman in Scotland was shaking, incontinent and suffering severe weight loss when doctors found the cause of her trouble -- a 5-inch sex toy, lost in her vagina for 10 years, according to the Journal of Sexual Medicine. The woman, said to be of normal intelligence, told doctors she didn't remember whether or not she took the plaything out after a drunken encounter several years earlier.  By the time surgeons found it, the toy's effects were potentially life-threatening. It had caused a bladder blockage that was forcing urine to back up into her kidneys, and had also created a vesicovaginal fistula, which is a tract that causes urine to flow into the vagina. Remember, kids: Cars aren't the only thing you shouldn't operate while intoxicated.


There you have it, the Top 5 Weirdest Stories of 2014.  Believe me when I say it was difficult to narrow this down to 5.  

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Top 10 Crazy Stories of 2014


As 2014 draws to a close, it's time to go back through the archives to search for our Top 10 Crazy Stories of 2014.

10. Pilots Arm Falls Off While Landing Plane:  While trying to land a small commuter jet in Belfast, the pilot (name has been withheld) momentarily lost control of the plane when his prosthetic arm fell off.  He thought he had secured the arm in place but evidently did not.  Due to heavy winds he had switched from the auto landing to manual.  When asked why a person with only one arm was flying a plane FlyBe's Safety Director Captain Ian Baston said that the budget airline had a policy as an equal opportunity employer.  Next up is a blind man in the cockpit I would think.

9. Don't Use Fire to Remove TP From a Tree:  Cheryl Crausewell of Dora, Alabama, found that someone had TPed the trees in her yard one night in January. The family tried to clean up the mess, but some of the toilet paper in a magnolia tree was out of their reach. What to do? Maybe they should have tried a ladder, but instead they set it on fire. A small piece of paper drifted out to the yard and ignited the grass.  Within seconds the fire spread to the house where the propane tank exploded.  No one was hurt in the blaze.  One word....IDIOTS

8. Sewer Blocked By Big Pooh:  Scottish Water, a national public utility, has found some unusual objects blocking the sewers underneath Scotland over the past year. That includes a huge plush Winnie-the-Pooh bear in East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire. But they say the list also contains a fax machine, a bike, a snake, and blue jeans. How does anyone get such items down the drain?  The most common objects that block a sewer are grease, diapers, and baby wipes. A new public awareness campaign hopes to discourage people from putting anything into the sewer system that will cause blockages. Unstopping the pipes costs the utility more than £7 million every year.  This equals $8.9222 million U.S. dollars.  I knew the Scots were full of "Pooh".
  
7. Drunk Driver Busted by Parrot: Guillermo Reyes was driving home from a bar in Mexico City when he encountered a DUI traffic stop. When police talked to him, they heard a voice from inside the car saying, "He's drunk! He's drunk!" They shone a light into the car, but there were no other passengers, just Reyes' parrot. Apparently he'd heard people say that phrase enough to learn it. The cops gave Reyes a Breathalyzer test, and concluded that he was, indeed, driving while impaired. Reyes was sent to the drunk tank overnight, and the parrot was allowed to accompany him.  I'm surprised that bird saw the light of day.

6. Two Dogs Take Truck on Joyride:  A pickup truck came very close to plunging into the Arkansas River in Tulsa, Oklahoma in February. The truck, belonging to a man identified only as Scott, was parked on a hill. While Scott was inside a house, his two dogs Luna and Roscoe were left in the truck.  "I got around to the front of the house where the truck was, and it's like not there," he said. "And I was like 'did I get towed?' and I just thought no it didn't.  One of the dogs put the car into gear and they took off.  "Approximately three blocks down a hill," Tulsa fire-fighter Clay Ayers said.  The dogs missed drivers on Riverside Drive, runners on the trail and narrowly missed landing in the Arkansas River.  The truck was stopped by the brush along the river. The vehicle was badly damaged. Roscoe and Luna were uninjured, and were let go with a warning.  Our local cops would have wanted to put these dogs down.

5. Virginia Man Claims African Country to Make Daughter a Princess:  Bir Tawil is a stretch of land between Egypt and Sudan that neither country wants. Jeremiah Heaton of Abingdon, Virginia, now claims it as his own. Last winter, Heaton’s six-year-old daughter Emily asked him if she could be a princess. He said yes, and has worked since then to make it so. To that end, Heaton has claimed the 800-square-mile territory of Bir Tawil, renaming it the Kingdom of North Sudan. He planted a flag there on June 16, Emily’s seventh birthday. That makes him the king, and Emily a princess. Sheila Carapico, professor of political science and international studies at the University of Richmond, told the Bristol Herald Courier last week that Heaton would need legal recognition from neighbouring countries, the United Nations or other groups to have actual political control of the land.  Heaton, who ran for Congress out of Virginia’s 9th district in 2012 and lost, plans to reach out to the African Union for assistance in formally establishing the Kingdom of North Sudan and said that he is confident they will welcome him. Representatives from the Egyptian and Sudanese embassies in Washington did not respond to requests for comment Saturday.   The area is desert, but Heaton plans to turn it into an agricultural area, which should please both Egypt and Sudan.  Looks like an easy attack for Isis.


4. Car Enters Garage Through the Roof:  George Strother and his wife, of Escondido, California, thought they felt an earthquake early on December 10th. It was only when an Escondido police officer knocked on their door that they found out a car had crashed through the roof of their garage! A BMW had broken through the roof and landed on Strother’s Nissan Pathfinder. His Mazda Miata was also damaged by the falling roof. The driver of the BMW, which was loaned out from a car dealer, didn’t stick around to face the damage. The Strothers' home sits around twenty feet below a roadway, and police estimate that the driver of the BMW took a turnoff too fast. The garage can be repaired, but the two cars were totaled.  How did that car get up there? 


3. Risque Ads Cause 517 Auto Accidents in Moscow:  The Russian firm ADVtruck sells advertising on large trucks. As a promotional stunt intended to show how noticeable the ads are, 30 trucks were decorated with a picture of a woman’s breasts. In the first day that the trucks were deployed in Moscow, 517 traffic accidents were blamed on the distracting image. Moscow police were dispatched to impound all the trucks until the pictures were removed. The ad agency says that the company will compensate drivers for any damages that their insurance does not cover.  Looks like the high beams must have blinded drivers.

2. China Performs Cavity Searches on 10,000 Pigeons:  October first is National Day in China, commemorating the founding of the People’s Republic in 1949. As part of the celebration in Beijing, 10,000 pigeons were released over Tienanmen Square. But first, each pigeon had to undergo a security check, which included an anal probe. The process was videotaped by authorities. The procedure drew widespread derision on social media.
“I have not heard of pigeons released at National Day requiring security checks, but it is possible for them to carry things such as explosives,” Mr Yang of website China Pigeon Net, told the New York Times.  “They could carry something on their legs, under a wing, or in their anus. If they carried out security checks they would find them, just like on a person when they get on an airplane,” Mr Yang said.
That last sentence should make anyone wary of booking a flight out of a Chinese airport.  Only in China!
 
1. Man Fights Off Shark, Stitches Up Leg, Goes to Pub:  James Grant of Colac Bay, New Zealand, was spear fishing with friends when he was attacked by a shark. He stabbed the shark with a knife, which caused it to leave. When he got out of the water, he saw a deep gash in his leg where the shark bit him. Grant, a junior doctor, removed his wetsuit and stitched up the wound, using supplies from a first aid kit. Then he and his friends went to the Colac Bay Tavern. The bar staff gave him a towel because his wound was bleeding onto the floor. Sometime afterward, he went to a hospital for a proper re-stitching. Grant planned to return to the water as soon as the stitches are out.  This is my kind of guy!
 
There you have it.  The Top 10 Crazy Stories from around the world in 2014.  I'm sure next year at this time we will be posting even crazier stories.  
 

 

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Happy Birthday R2G

Wow, I can't believe that it's been 5 years since I started the Right To Gripe.  It all started in December 2009 with everyone being politically correct and saying Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas.  By the way, Merry Christmas to all my Gripers.  If you want me to say Happy Holidays, forget about it.  Not gonna happen.  It's Merry Christmas or for our Jewish friends Happy Hanukkah.  Five years ago on this day I wrote my 2nd Gripe shortly followed by a 3rd and 4th and so on and so forth.  It's been a half a decade of Griping about topics from government to sports to the idiotic people we all encounter every day in our lives.  In 5 years we have gotten 89,919 hits from all over the world.  The R2G is an international hot spot to Gripe.

The top story of all time on the R2G was The Top 10 Crazy Stories of 2012.  I got 18,345 hits for this story.  The Zombie Apocalypse in May of 2012 came in second with 4,429 hits.  Other top Gripes included the Tattooed Baby and Death By Dangling, The 38DD Killer.  Over the years we reported and bashed the Kids For Cash participants.  Good ole' Chivarella, Conahan and Mericle provided us with weeks worth of Gripe.  We drilled the County on their Levy Tax as well as many other insane decisions that they have made over the years.  It's been 5 years of great Griping.

Over the years, the R2G has been read by people all over the world.  How do I know this?  I know because the blog keeps track of these things.  Hell, I'm not smart enough to figure it out myself.  Of course, most of our hits come from the USA, 49,622.  The second most hits come from our friends in Germany, 6,316 followed by France, 3,480.  Maybe I should stop calling the French Cheese Eating Surrender Monkeys....NOT!  We even get hits from China, Latvia, United Kingdom, Ukraine, Russia, Canada and Turkey. We are International baby!

It's been 5 years of Griping and believe you me there is more to come.  Our side bar features will continue and we have gotten another one year commitment from our good friend Mr. Pissed Off.  He's told me that he thinks he will be more pissed off in 2015 than ever.  I love this guy.  To all of you that come to the R2G, thank you for keeping me motivated to Gripe.  2015 is looking to be another great year of Griping.  If you have a Gripe, post it up on our Facebook page or email it to the email address at the top of the Gripe page.  We will need to keep this thing going so everyone can lay down some Gripe.


Saturday, December 20, 2014

PA Game Commission

For the past two weeks Pennsylvania hunters have hit the woods to try to bag a white tail deer.  Before going out, most "good" hunters will scan over the PA Game regulations to check for any changes.  This is a good practice since over the years, the Game Commission has changed the regulations concerning the harvest of antlered deer.  Years ago, if it had antlers of any length it was good to shoot.  Then it changed to the antlers had to be 3 inches in length or more on what we call a spiker.  Now, there has to be at least 3 points on one side to harvest.  The exception to this rule is that a junior hunter can harvest a spiker during the hunting season and during the mentored youth hunt.  A child must be at least 11 years old for the youth hunt.  It is no longer as simple as pointing the gun and pulling the trigger.  I say this because it is not as simple for some, but ignored by others.

I am one of the hunters who hits the woods every year to try to bag the elusive white tail deer.  Me, my son and my good friend Bob W. are also hunters who abide by the rules.  We may not like all of the rules, but they are "Da Rules" and we honor that.  This past year, we encountered a situation where some schmuck hunter did not play by the rules.  As we approached Bob's van after several hours in the woods we noticed a deer lying down about 20 feet from our parking spot.  As we approached we noticed that it was a spiker that had been shot and dressed down or gutted and left there.  There were also two young hunters, maybe in their mid 20's who were standing by their vehicle smoking cigarettes.  They too had seen this "illegal" kill.  To us, the carcass appeared to be about 24 hours old.  Needless to say we were disgusted by the whole thing.  Who would kill a spiker, gut it, drag it to the parking spot and then just leave it there?

Since our day was over, we packed our gear and decided to stop by the Game Commission in Dallas to report the illegal kill.  The Game Warden there was very polite and shared our disgust with what we reported.  He assured us that a representative from Wyoming County would be notified about the illegal kill and that he would go to investigate and retrieve the dead animal.  We left feeling a tiny bit better that next time we go out that carcass would not be there.

With work getting in the way all week, Bob and I did not make it out to hunt until the last Saturday of the season.  After we parked we got out and immediately noticed that the dead deer was STILL THERE!  I believe Bob uttered the words, "Are you freakin kidding me"?  "No one came by to pick up the carcass."  Yep, the decomposing carcass was still there.  No one from the PA Game Commission went by to pick it up.  Now our disgust level just went to Defcon 1.  Those lazy son's of bitches gave us nothing but lip service.  They are just as bad as the hunter who illegally killed the deer and left it there.  As a hunter of 20+ years, I had little faith in the Game Commission and now it is lowered to 0.  These people are cop wanna-be's who love putting on a uniform to harass hunters and fisherman.  They are quick to write out a citation as long as it does not involve them getting their hands dirty.  I can only assume at this juncture that next year when we hit our hunting spot the remains of this illegal kill will still be there melting back into mother earth.  To the hunter who killed this deer and to the PA Game Commission I say, "Drop dead you filthy bastards".    

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Rest In Peace Hector

A familiar site in the downtown Tunkhannock area has passed away.  Gunned down in the streets in the prime of life.  Hector, the name folks in this quiet town gave to the daily visitor will forever be remembered by many.  You see, Hector was quite a bird.  Yes, a bird, a turkey to be exact.  Hector was often seen peering into business windows wondering what was going on inside.  He was often seen tapping on the front doors of the Hampton Inn, looking for a quiet room I guess.  He stopped traffic many a time to work his way across the street.  It makes me think of the joke, "why does a chicken cross the road"?  In this case it was a turkey.  The answer, to get to one of the stores on the other side.  Hector would saunter right up the middle of the Main Street while he took in all of the sites.  Nothing seemed to bother good ole' Hector, not cars, trucks or even police sirens.  He was the perfect guest.

Hector was a popular bird in the town of Tunkhannock.  The town adopted him and was moving to officially name the bird, Hector.  Hell, even the mayor gave Hector a pardon for Thanksgiving.  He was free to roam around the town in total safety.  Everybody loved Hector.  Everybody that is except the evil Pennsylvania Game Commission.

You see, the Game Commission deemed Hector a hazard and disposed of the loved gobbler.  One day he was there and then the next, gone never to return.  They murdered Hector in cold blood.  Gunned him down in the streets like a criminal.  The murdering bastards of the Game Commission could have trapped Hector but instead chose to end his life with one shot.  Why, who knows.  The Pa. Game Commission is staffed with a bunch of power hungry morons who think that they rule the world.  They could have easily trapped the bird and then set her free in the woods.  No, instead some game goof murdered Hector and most likely took her home for a meal.  If I was the Mayor of Tunkhannock I would want answers.  Why did the kill poor old Hector.  I would have run the Game Commission clowns out of town on a rail.  The Mayor should have told them to let Hector alone.  Instead the Game goons rode in and opened fire like the Clanton gang.

Yes, Hector will be missed in Tunkhannock.  People will still talk about the turkey who came to town.  Hector had people talking to each other.  He brought the community together for a short period of time.  It seems to me that more of our towns need a Hector, especially during this holiday season.  People have drifted apart and inspirations like Hector can pull a community together.  Rest In Piece Hector. 

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

College Football Committee (Week 1)

Almost two years ago, the NCAA announced that there would finally be a playoff system put in place to name the National Champion.  After years and years of controversy and long debates, now a 4 team playoff will happen with the winner claiming the much heralded title.  These two playoff games will be held every year at the sites of the major bowls and will rotate around.  The top 4 teams to make this playoff as well as the picks for the other major bowls will be selected by a panel of 12 experts.  These "experts" will be chosen based on their experience and knowledge of the game.  Leading this selection committee is the Vice Chairman & Director of Athletics for the University of Arkansas Jeff Long.  Just for reference, Arkansas is in the SEC or South East Conference.  Below is the remainder of the members.

Barry Alvarez - Wisconsin AD (Big 10 Conference)
LT. General Mike Gould -Former Superintendent of the Air Force Academy (WAC Conference)
Pat Hayden - USC AD (Pac 12 Conference)
Tom Jernstedt - Former NCAA Executive V.P.
Oliver Luck - AD West Virginia (ACC Conference)
Archie Manning - Former Mississippi QB (SEC Conference)
Tom Osbourne - Former AD and Head Coach of Nebraska (Big 12 Conference)
Dan Radakovich - AD Clemson (ACC Conference)
Condoleezza Rice - Stanford Professor and Former Sec. of State (Pac 12 Conference)
Mike Tranghese - Former Commish for the Big East
Steve Weinberg - Former Football Reporter for USA Today
Tyrone Willingham - Former Head Coach at 3 different universities.

Well, Last week, this selection committee or what I call the ICC (Insane Clown Committee) released their first ever playoff poll.  Just when you thought college football got it right, BAM, total bedlam.  Sports reporters all over the country shook their heads in disbelief as teams like Ohio St (16), Notre Dame (10) and Alabama (6) were shunned by the ICC.  All three teams have 1 loss as do many others.  Of course the two undefeated teams, Miss. St and Florida St were ranked 1and 2 respectfully.  At #3 was Auburn, how I don't know.  In the final playoff spot after week one was Ole Miss who lost to #24 LSU by 3 points at home.  Again, total confusion on this pick.  The ICC tells us that both Auburn and Ole Miss have more "quality wins".  I say bull honkey to that.  Ole Miss beat Alabama, the only "quality" win that I see.  Auburn beat LSU, a "quality win" but lost to Miss St at home by 15 points.

Ok, I think I get the Ohio St slot since they lost to a 4-4 Virginia Tech team by two touchdowns and have what I see as 0 "quality wins".  As for Alabama, they lost to Ole Miss at home by 5 points and have again what I see as 0 quality wins.  Notre Dame at #10 is a big joke.  They lost to #2 Florida St in Florida St by 4 points on a bum offensive pass interference call with little time left in the game that took away the winning TD.  Don't get me going on that!  ND has one "quality" win over Stanford.  The #10 ranking does not make any sense.  I could go on and on and on about several other teams, but I won't.

Coming up....The week 2 abomination.