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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, 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.   


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... 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.