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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get it on. 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!
This is the start of the holiday season and boy do we start it off right. Thanksgiving, its no longer a day of thanks, but a glutenous feast of food and booze followed by three NFL football games and then a tryptophan induced sleep. If you are not into any of these Thanksgiving traditions, you can now either sit in the dark listening to Christmas songs on Magic 93 or you can go shopping. Yes, you read that right, go shopping. It seems that many of the major stores like Sears, Bon Ton and others at the mall open at 8:00pm tonight. In fact, K-Mart will open at 6:00am Thanksgiving Day while our friends at WalMart are open 24/7 as usual. Many of the local retail monsters open at some point today with Black Friday like sales.
I have to tell you, I have a real problem with this on several avenues. First off, let me just say, "You greedy sons of bitches". Let your part time employees stay at home with their families for Thanksgiving. No, why would they do that? Instead their quest for every freakin penny has led them to taking people away from their Thanksgiving dinner. I have to tell you that this really ticks me off. People deserve a break and holidays should be that break. Hell, these poor workers will be bum rushed as soon as the doors open by every low life scum bag trying to get a 62 inch high def TV for $399.95. Of course the stores will only have 3 of them in stock. Wow, that just brought back memories of the Cabbage Patch Kid riot at Zayers. That one made the national news. If you never saw the video, just look it up on U-Tube. It's beautiful.
Speaking of Black Friday, it's now going extinct like the Do Do Bird. With all the stores open on Thanksgiving, Black Friday now becomes no big deal. The mindless discount dimwits will storm the stores right after dinner. Many will be drunk and tired from a day of gluttony. I would expect several fist fights and car accidents. I would think that WB Township will have extra cops on duty at triple time to handle the brawls and fender benders. Sure, Black Friday will still have some great deals, but the thrill of standing in line starting at 3am in the 17 degree weather is now gone. What has this country come too? I'll tell you. It's all about the almighty dollar, PERIOD! It's about retail chains milking everything they can from the marketplace.
The R2G would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.
Here we go again. It's time to bend over, drop your drawers and get ready to take the red hot tax poker right in the old shit chute. Our wonderful Governor, Tom Corbett along with the state House passed a bill this past week to fund $2.3 billion dollars over the next five years to fix roads and bridges here in the Keystone or should I say Keybone state. By a 113 to 85 vote, these political parasites voted to add another additional tax onto gasoline and motorist fees to fund this project. Corbett feels that there is an urgent need to repair the infrastructure here in Pennsylvania. State Rep Mike McGeehan out of Philadelphia said, "Everyone wants good roads and bridges but nobody wants to pay for it". You got that right laser breath. McGeehan is the ranking Democrat on the Transportation Committee This I can actually agree with. However, Corbett is now laying the burden of these repairs on the taxpayers of the Commonwealth. What else is new? McGeehan also said, "Unfortunately that is not a reality. If we want to remain a first class economic power it can't be done with a third class transportation system".
WHAT! WHAT! ARE YOU FREAKIN KIDDING ME! Pennsylvania an economic power! What a joke. Here in NEPA our economic power revolves around $10.00 an hour warehouse and customer service jobs. We have the economic power of a flea. AS for a third class transportation system, I would rate it as a tenth class system. I don't know about you, but I am sick and tired of getting the tax shaft every time our government drops the ball and lets everything deteriorate to dangerous conditions. If these clowns did their jobs we would not be in this pickle in the first place. If over the years they repaired roads and bridges on a continual basis "We The People" would not be getting whacked on the rump with yet another tax on gas. I for one am sick and tired of all these taxes. I have nothing left to give these mismanagement monkeys in Washington and Harrisburg. There is no one to blame but themselves for letting our infrastructure deteriorate into its current deplorable condition. Yet again they place the burden on the taxpayers to fix their mistakes. Maybe it's time to storm Harrisburg so we can let them know that we have had enough. I recommend that you call your State Rep to find out how they voted. Every time they vote for another tax or to raise taxes mark it down and remember it on election day.
We are now about 2 weeks into the shutdown of the U.S. Government and there appears to be no end in sight. The morons in Washington continue to meet day and night but have not come up with a mutual resolution that both Democrats and Republicans can stomach. So, who is actually to blame for this mess. Some will say the Democrats, Some say Republicans and even some blame the Tea Party. The Democrats and President Obama are holding fast on their stance especially when it comes to Obama Care. The Republicans don't like Obama Care and refuse to increased the debt ceiling to fund it. As for the Tea Party, these pin heads seem happy that the government is closed and basking in the thought that they are ruling the Republican Party. Are any one of these entities to blame? I think not! They are all to blame for this embarrassment we call a government in Washington.
I am a Democrat. However, the more I look at Obama Care the more I don't like it. I hate the fact that this is being forced onto the people of this country really bothers me. It bugs me that if you don't have health insurance you get fined. I always thought this was a free country and I could choose what I want to do. (More on my thoughts on Obama Care coming in the near future). The Obama led Democrats are not budging on this during their talks which has forced and impasse. They claim that they have made numerous concessions over the past few months but refuse to give anymore. The Demo's also want to raise the debt ceiling yet again which means we will be spending money that we actually don't have. Right now the federal government is close to $15 trillion dollars in debt. There must be an end to the national debt and that is what the Republicans are looking at.
On the other side, the Repo's led by House Speaker John "Boner" Bohener are looking to flat out kill Obama Care. They don't think it makes fiscal sense and it should not be forced on the people. They also don't believe that the penalties will make up for the cost to the feds bottom line. According to the website Obama Care Facts, the cost of Obama Care will be $1.1 trillion over 10 years while saving over $200 billion and up to $1.1 trillion over the next 20 years. The Republicans argue that the math just does not add up. They also argue that there must be a stop to the national debt ceiling and government spending. Their stance is that we should not raise the debt ceiling, but instead cut spending which includes programs that effect the American people in a negative way. Speaker Boner like Obama is holding fast to his side and does not seem too willing to compromise either.
On the third side of this triangle of idiocraty are the members of the Tea Party. This somewhat radical wing of the Republican Party are the loudest minority that we have had in Congress in quite some time. These pin heads led by Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and Michele Bachman have taken over the reigns of the Republican Party away from their traditional leaders. While the major players stand by, the Tea Party people are making a joke of the Republican Party. They have single handedly closed down the federal government and are proud of it. These morons have now furloughed over 800,000 federal employees and have possibly put dozens of vendors out of business. Boy, that is great for an already dying economy! These nimrods get their ugly faces on CNN all the time so they can spew their nonsensical policies out of their flapping pie holes. Frankly I am sick of them. They need to go away and fast. The Republican leadership needs to pack these jokers away in the back of the closet before they destroy the entire party. If there was an election today, the Democrats would win in a landslide.
The bottom line here is our federal government is a mess. All the parties involved should be fired by "We The People". We should also band together and march on Washington to protest this mess. I say storm the Congress and take over the government. Let's throw these bums right out onto the street where they belong. It's time for common sense government. Let's stop sending billions of dollars over to countries like Egypt who hate out guts. Hell, this shutdown is no skin off their backs since they are still getting paid. This really sticks in my craw. These lunk heads are also exempt from Obama Care which to me speaks volumes. Why force it on the people if they don't want it? To sum it all up, this entire thing is a mess.
I was going to write about the government shutdown today, but I just went out to my front porch to pick up my Times Leader and immediately saw this front page story, "No Tax Increases in Leighton's 2014 Budget. WOW, what could I Gripe about here? The line below this says, "City Workers and mayor will receive raises". WHAT! WHAT! ARE YOU FREAKIN' KIDDING ME! I thought because of all the whining about no money that the city of Wilkes-Barre was just about broke. In addition the mayor will hire 10 new police officers at a total cost of $1 million dollars. I am OK with the hiring of 10 new officers considering Wilkes-Barre has become a drug infested cesspool of crime. I am not OK with each officer making $100,000 per year. How many murders have we had so far this year, 6,7 or maybe 8 no 9. My question is where in the hell is he getting all of this money?
Tommy "Bag of Toe Nails" Leighton unveiled his $42.7 million budget yesterday which includes a 3% raise for all unionized employees which make up most of the city's workforce. This raise was negotiated by the city and the parasite unions. This really ticks me off because in this time of financial hardships for most, these city employees are getting a raise. How about we pave more roads and actually try to stop crime before it happens instead. On top of this 3% raise for the city minions, the Mayor is also taking a nice chunk of change in the form of a raise. Tommy "Bags" salary will jump from $79,911 a year to $82,309. WHAT, the mayor makes $82,309 a year. When asked why he took the raise he simply said that it was consistent with what all the city employees receive. In addition, (and this sent me through the roof) the Mayors medical insurance costs will drop from $19,793 annually to $19,755. How can this be? All over the country people's health care costs are rising.
To sum this up in two words, THIS STINKS! I am all about no new taxes. I am all about hiring 10 new cops as long as they are actually patrolling the streets and not waiting for hot coffee and donuts. I am not in favor of raises or reductions in health care costs. You may think that I am crazy, but I remember the layoff of 11 firefighters last year. I remember the downgrading of the city's credit rating due to no cash. I remember the workers taking a voluntary furlough. Also, lets not forget that if our jug-heads in Washington don't come to a compromise, all of this goes right out the door. I am guessing that about 4 to 6 months into 2014, the city will be crying poverty while "Tommy Bags" and his minions are laughing all the way to easy street.
If you have noticed, I have not weighed in on the federal government shutdown. It would have been very easy for me to just hammer out some off the cuff comments on how crazy the Tea Party is or how stupid the Republican Party is or how stubborn President Obama is. No, I have sat back for the past week and remained silent. I have watched debate after debate on CNN, MSNBC, ABC, NBC, CBS and even the EIEIO. I have taken my time because I wanted to make sure that I could consciously point my finger at the right party and say, "STOP, you are a bunch of idiots". Well, I have been silent long enough. I have seen it all and heard it all and let me tell you I have had enough. I have had enough of them all!
Speaker John "Boner" Boehner
We are now in day eight of the government shutdown and there seems to be no real hope on the horizon for a compromise. The President will not budge and neither will House Republicans under the leadership of their top moron Speaker John "Boner" Boehner. Instead of sitting down to hash out a compromise for "We The People", these pinheads in Washington have actually shut down the Federal Government which has resulted in about 800,000 people being out of work for over a week now. Along with these 800,000 federal people being out of a paycheck, countless other vendors and private companies are being hit right in the pocketbook because of all this insanity. So, who's to blame for this disgrace? Who's to blame for what is maybe the dumbest thing our government has ever perpetrated onto its people?
I have digested all of the data and most of the blame needs to be thrust the way of the Tea Party Republicans. These radical idiots have driven a wedge into the Republican Party that is quickly destroying the credibility of America's oldest political party. This small but puzzlingly powerful minority in the House along with Speaker "Boner" have now sent this country on a very dangerous path. The main sticking point is of course Obama Care. The Democrats back the Prez on this while the Republicans claim it is going to sink the nation even further in debt. In April of this year, the U.S. national debt was approximately $11.959 trillion. I don't know about you, but I can't even get my head around a number this large. Pluto is only 3.78 billion miles away from Earth. The national debt number changed to miles would take us out of the solar system. Both parties are standing fast on possible compromises on Obama Care.
The second hot issue is the debt ceiling. In order to actually fund Obama Care and pay our bills, President Obama is asking for Congress to raise the debt ceiling. Raising this limit actually happens almost every year, but now Republicans are holding the position that enough is enough and we cannot go any further in debt. On October 17th the federal government will default on many of it's loans. This would be a catastrophic blow to the financial integrity of our nation if it actually happens. Economists warn of dire fiscal impacts from failing to raise what is called the debt ceiling, such as a reduced U.S. credit rating that would spike borrowing costs. The economic blow and questions about America's fiscal fidelity could bring a global slowdown, Obama has warned.
So, who is to blame? I will tell you who is to blame over the next several days with my multi-part series, Government Shutdown.
Why is it when you read or hear about a murder all of the neighbors say, "I knew he or she was capable of it"? It seems that on many occasions the neighbors know, the relatives know but the cops are oblivious. Case in point, Vito Aiello of Wilkes-Barre shot his wife and then turned the gun on himself. His wife Jane was pronounced dead at Geisinger Hospital and Vito is in critical condition. He survived the suicide attempt. All of this was done while their 15 year old son was at home. Neighbors report that they heard several gun shots and then the boy running across the street screaming, "call 911, call 911". Right now the motive for the shooting was unclear, however Jane Aiello had filed for divorce at the Luzerne County Courthouse on September 13th. Her reason for the divorce was that the marriage was, "intolerable, life burdensome and irretrievably broken".
Evidently Vito Aiello was not the most liked guy. Neighbors up and down Andover St. all said that the Aiello marriage was rocky at best. One neighbor said, "When she filed for divorce and he was served with the papers we knew he was going to kill her". "You won't find one person on this street that wouldn't believe that." Another neighbor said he had installed security cameras on his property after several disputes with Aiello.
Vito was no stranger to the law. Between 2003 and 2004 he had a girlfriend on the side. At one point his wife had called the cops to report that he was on his way over to the girlfriends house to kill her. Exeter police staked out the home, but Vito was a no show. Jane Aiello also filed an involuntary commitment for her husband fearing that he would hurt someone or himself. In 2003 Aiello pleaded guilty to harassment which included terrorist threats and stalking. He had actually spliced into his girlfriends phone lines so he could record her phone calls. He was sentenced to one year probation. He also served 48 hours in the clink for drunk driving in 2005.
Overall, Vito Aiello had been involved on the wrong side of the law multiple times. The neighbors knew he was capable of murder, his relatives knew, his girlfriend knew and his dead wife knew. The question here is how did the cops not know? How come entire streets know which house is the drug house but the cops don't know. The bottom line is the flat footed cops in our area wouldn't dare know. They are too busy either giving teenagers traffic tickets or speeding for hot donuts at Dunkin. It amazes me that our police forces do NOTHING to prevent crime. All they do is respond to crime, sometimes an hour or two after the fact. How many of you see police cars patrolling up and down your streets? I know in the town I live in it is seldom. In Wilkes-Barre it is almost never. We need to get more patrol cars out on the streets. We need beat cops back on Public Square moving the Square Rats along. The FOP and the police always want more money and no copay for health care. If they want it, lets prove that you deserve it. If not, hit the bricks and get out of Dodge. I'm sick of my hard earned tax dollars going to waste on fat cat cops.
I have neglected by duties as the King of Gripe. I have not been Griping for the past two weeks and believe you me the anger is building up inside. When that happens it's time to pull up a stool, summon the Gripetender and slam down a few Gripe Shots.
It appears that the government of Syria has used chemical weapons on its own people. Our government intelligence says that they have intercepts of Syrian officials talking about the gassing after it was completed. This was the line in the sand for the Obama administration and Syria has crossed it. It now appears that we may take military action against Syria. So far no other country is on board, not even England. Limey bastards! Anyway all I have to say is, " Don't do it Barrack, don't do it"! Syrian computer hackers have already hacked into the New York Times web site and claim that they will get into our power grids to shut down the countries electrical power. With the backing of China, Iran and Russia they just may be able to do it. Is this the start of World War III?
A-Rod is getting hosed. Yes, you read that right. A-Rod was suspended 210 games by Major League Baseball for being implicated in a PED fiasco. Twelve other players were suspended for 52 games. Why do I think he is getting a raw deal. Well, first off the other guys got 52 and A-Rod gets 210. Next, his MLB union brethren are throwing him under the bus claiming that he should not be playing while he appeals the suspension. Players like John Lackey amongst others have voiced their opinion through the media on this matter. In fact, Boston pitcher Ryan "Dumpster" Dempster beaned A-Rod last week as a protest to him playing. By the way, "Dumpster" is so bad it took him 4 pitchers to make contact. He was suspended for 5 games. None of these players should open their spewing pie holes since they are the ones who voted in the appeal process. Is A-Rod on PED's? I would say yes. Should he be suspended? Only MLB can hand down that ruling.
Jerry "Scumdusky" Sandusky will be back in court again on October 9th, this time to fight for his $4900.00 a month pension. Scumdusky was sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison for sexual abuse of 10 boys and had to forfeit his pension. The forfeiture also made his wife, Dottie, ineligible for benefits. All I have to say about this one is WHAT! WHAT! ARE YOU FREAKIN' KIDDING ME! Did this guy work for Luzerne County. Why are the courts wasting time on this. I say NO PENSION! If he is eligible, then all of this money should go to the victims that he raped in the showers at PSU.
Carmelo Flores Laura - If Bolivia's public records are correct, Carmelo Flores Laura is the oldest living person ever documented. They say he turned 123 a month ago. The native Aymara lives in a straw-roofed dirt-floor hut in an isolated hamlet near Lake Titicaca at 13,100 feet, is illiterate, speaks no Spanish and has no teeth. He walks without a cane and doesn't wear glasses. And though he speaks Aymara with a firm voice, one must talk into his ear to be heard. "I see a bit dimly. I had good vision before. But I saw you coming," he tells Associated Press journalists who visit after a local TV report touts him as the world's oldest person. Hobbling down a dirt path, Flores greets them with a raised arm, smiles and sits down on a rock. His gums bulge with coca leaf, a mild stimulant that stave's off hunger. Like most Bolivian highlands peasants, he has been chewing it all his life. Bring on the cocoa leaves!
Miley Cyrus - What the hell was that all about. I loved the outfit, but the big teddy bears gave me the creeps. Cyrus caused quite a stir when she performed at the MTV Music Awards. People in the audience were dumb struck when Cyrus ripped of her teddy bear teddy to unveil a two piece gold number. She then proceeded to "twerking" all over the stage while grabbing at her cooter. By the way, what is a twerk?
There you have it. I have slugged down enough Gripe Shots for now. I think I will watch the Miley Cyrus replay.
A big FU shout out to the moron who drives the black Dodge Daytona and parks over by Guard Insurance. I was dropping Mrs. PO off at work and had stopped for about 5 seconds to let her out. This guy comes barrelling in and jumps up on my back fendor. He then proceeded to jaw at us from inside his car as if we stopped for 10 minutes. Of course this pissed me off, hence my name, Mr. Pissed Off. I hit him with a verbal tirade laced with every profanity that I could think of. I even threw in a "monkey shit" for good measure.
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