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 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, June 5, 2016


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 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 (, 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.   

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Gripe Shots

I have not had a chance lately to throw up some Gripe.  You know how it goes, work, work work makes the R2G a dull boy.  Well, I have had enough.  You see Gripe has been building up and I need to relax.  When this build up of Gripe comes, I know it is time to pull up the old stool and summon the Gripetender.  It is time to throw back a few to get things off my chest.  Yep, you got that right.  It is time for a few Gripe Shots.  So why don't you join me so we can lay do

Pennsylvania's new Governor, Tom "The Wolfman" Wolf has been in office for about a month and a half and he is already ticking me off.  The Wolfman announced yesterday that he is putting a moratorium on the states death penalty laws.  He is waiting for a report from the Pennsylvania Task Force and Advisory Commission on Capital Punishment.  My hand just cramped up typing out this commissions full name.  In a memorandum The Wolfman stated that while governors have signed more than 400 death warrants since the death penalty was reinstated nearly 40 years ago only 3 people have actually been executed.  WHAT!  WHAT!  ARE YOU FREAKIN' KIDDING ME!  Only 3 people have been strapped into the power chair and zapped!  That's insane!  Why have the death penalty if you are not going to fry these murdering bastards?  I'll tell you why.  People are getting sick and tired of forking over tax dollars to keep murders behind bars.  Some will say, "What if they are innocent and we put them to death"?  I say one appeal and if the verdict is still guilty drag them down the hall and flip the power switch.  Criminals will think twice about killing someone if this were the case.

Last night a few professional Gripers got together to have a few beers and a couple of cuts of pizza.  Of course talk turned to the Middle East and then eventually to the recent murders in Raleigh, North Carolina.  Three UNC students were shot dead by 46 year old Craig Steven Hicks.  The reason for the shooting is still unknown but rumors say it was either over a book or a parking space.  The caveat to this shooting is the victims were Muslims.  Of course this has the international community in an uproar.  The Secretary General of the United Nations along with Jordan's Ambassador are joining others around the work decrying the shootings.  Wait a minute here.  Yes, any act of murder is a terrible thing, but why is the spineless U.N. making statements?  When people of other religions are murdered, they don't make statements.  They made this statement because most of the countries around this world are gutless.  Period!  If 3 Catholic, Protestant or Jewish students were murdered there would be a front page story in the Raleigh paper as well as others in the surrounding community.  It would not be a world story.  This actually makes me want to puke!

Finally, I am sick and tired of winter.  I don't know how much more of this below zero crap I can take.  I also don't know if I can handle anymore snow and ice either.  Mother nature has changed her normal weather patterns this winter to include the Northeast in her punishment zone.  The New England states may not get rid of their snow until June.  Hell, it has piled up over their front doors.  Hey now I know why people go out for bread and milk before it snows.  I wonder if the Bostonian's stocked up before the snow hit?  By the way, it looks like they may get hit hard again this weekend.  Poor bastards.


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...  
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.