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. 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!
As we all look forward to 2011, here are a few wishes and predictions that I have for the New Year.
I Wish and predict....
1. That the Feds actually investigate Thom "The Tick" Greco. This guy has been fleecing folks for years now with no repercussions. Good luck you tapeworm bastard. The Gripe has it's eyes on you.
2. That Judge Mark "Kids For Cash" Ciavarella actually gets the jail time he deserves. This crook belongs in the extended stay Crowbar Hotel. As I called it here on the Gripe over this past year, I predict that he will not see one second of jail time in 2011.
3. That the 12 person Home Rule Committee gives us as much controversy as our current three stooges. I'm sure they will. The voters will most likely vote in a bunch of political hacks to these posts which will keep The Gripe very busy. I will miss "In The Can" Mary Ann Petrilla though.
4. That PennDot finally finishes the work on I-81 in the Scranton Area. They have been working on that 2 mile stretch of highway for at least 25 years now. When will it end! I predict it will not! We will all be stuck in traffic behind tractor trailers throughout the year.
5. That Lou Barletta takes his illegal immigration ideas to Washington. I'm sure he will be making a total ass out of himself in our nations capitol. I predict that we will see him on the network morning talk shows at some point this year.
6. That McDonalds actually gets my orders right. Every time I order more than one value meal they screw it up. Only an absolute moron could freak it up. I predict they will continue to be a bunch of morons slopping fast food. Where are my fuckin fries?????
7. That the St. Vincent DePaul Soup Kitchen gets a few more celebrity sloppers to dish out their grub. Reilly and Greco will be making guest appearances this year. Let's hope there are a few more. I predict there will be.
8. That the USA finally gets that terrorist bastard Osama Bin Laden. We can find flea shit on this planet with our intel satellites but we can't find a 6 foot 5 inch Arab. Or can we? Let's drop more bombs and wrap this thing up in 2011.
9. That the people of Wyoming Valley realize that when it snows, they do not need to bum rush the supermarkets for bread and milk. I have a friend that works in one of the local markets and when they forecast snow she goes into a deep depression. Instead, lets rush the beer and liquor stores.
10. Finally, the fans of The Right To Gripe have spoken. It was a resounding YES to the addition of The Schmuck of the Week feature. The Pot Hole of the week will now be replaced with "The Schmuck".
There it is, 10 wishes or predictions for 2011. The Gripe would like to wish everyone a Happy and Gripe filled New Year.
We made it. One year and going strong. Before I get into the birthday Gripe, let me thank all of our followers for their Gripes and comments on all of the Griping we did throughout 2010. Over the year, we bashed the county, taxes, drivers, and just about everything else you can complain about. I'm sure the next 365 days will bring lots of reasons to Gripe. In fact our proudest moment came when we were banned from Facebook for a short time due to our Gripe on the Mosque situation by Ground Zero in New York. We have also had people block the Gripe from coming their way. I guess we were just too much for them to handle. We had over 1400 hits over the past year including Gripe comments from 3 other states. Over the past year we added The Sports Gripe that dealt just with sports. Yes, I promise to Gripe more about sports this year. As I liked to do over the past year, in celebration of our 1st Birthday, here are 5 Gripe Shots to warm the cockles of your heart.
1. A big thumbs down to Forty Fort Borough Council for proposing a 120% tax increase for 2011. Now I am very familiar with this Council since I sat on it for 4 grueling years. Every year, we talked about raising taxes and fixing roads but did not do so. Now, council realizes that many of our roads just plain suck and "We The People" should be strapped with the bill during hard financial times. To me, this sounds like a Dave Williams plan. Sock it to the people.
2. Another big thumbs down to Forty Fort Borough for not having enough testicular fortitude to go ahead with the 120% tax increase. They buckled under the pressure of the 50 to 60 people who actually showed up to bitch. If your going to do it, just do it! They collapsed during the negotiations of the police contract (what a joke that was), they buckled like a house of cards when that crook Rob Mericle threatened to sue because of the new parking plan on Welles St and now they back off like a scared rabbit. Mind you I am not for whacking the people, but our roads suck and our sewer system is old. Like Nike says, Just Do It!
3. I saw a story this morning on Good Morning America about how people in New York were stranded due to the 1 foot plus of snow that Mother Nature dumped their way. The story went on to talk about people stuck in the subway. WHAT! How in the hell do you get stuck in the subway! It's freakin underground! The people they interviewed that were stuck in their cars made it sound like they were trapped on Mt. Everest. They whined that it was cold, they were hungry and they had to go to the bathroom. Shit, bundle up, eat your children and pee on the roadside. Doesn't everyone have an emergency blanket in the car, crumbs on the floor and an old coffee cup in the cup holder. I could live in my car for a month or more.
4. A resounding FU goes out to all of these terrorist bastards. I am sick and tired of their crap. Nine nimrods were just apprehended in London for plotting to bomb the U.S. Embassy and the London Stock Exchange. London police believe that political and religious figures may also have been targeted. When these slobs start targeting religious figures then "We The People" need to take things into our own hands. Let's start stringing these sons of bitches up by their sacks. I'm really starting to get pissed off with this. If it's a Holy War they want, it's a Holy War they will get.
5. Finally, now that I am drunk from doing Gripe Shots, a big swift kick to the nuts goes out to Turkey Hill. Yes, they were open on Christmas Day. Nothing should be open on Christmas Day. My heart goes out to the poor bastards that have to work. There is no reason to be open. Gas up, bread up, coffee up and get everything else you need a day or two before. Right now I am calling for a Christmas Day ban of Turkey Hill next year.
There you have it, 5 Gripe Shots in celebration of The Right To Gripes 1st Birthday. Coming up, I will be throwing up my wishes for 2011 on The Gripe as well as my sports wishes on The Sports Gripe. Stay tuned. Also, I have been thinking of adding "The Schmuck Of The Week" to The Gripe. What do you think. Let me know. Add a comment or email me at email@example.com.
On the 12th Day of Christmas the county gave to me...
Home Rule Committee
Taxes, Taxes, Taxes Soup Swillin Reilly No Manger Scene Closing of Moon Lake Park Judge Ciavarella Commissioner no one heard of Greg Skrepenak Corruption in the Courthouse Reassessment Debacle Greco and his TV's And the bogus Levy Fee
Play this number tonight in the lottery 012. Its the 12th Day of Christmas, the 12th month of the year and the 12th Gripe of Christmas. It just so happens that there are 12 people that sit on the Home Rule form of government that "We the people" voted in this past November. Now as all of you know, I am all for "We the people", and we spoke loudly when it came to trying to fix county government. The big question is, are we really going to fix it? I hope so. However, lets recap how this all happened. Back in May, voters decided that we should put together a study commission to see if Home Rule would work in Luzerne County and then voted for its 11 members. Many of us thought, crap it has to work better than what we have now. Some of the elected members include current Kingston Mayor and anti-democrat Jim Haggerty. Slam dunk for the republicans since Haggerty was made the Chairman. Then you have Republican Vice Chairwoman Veronica Ciaruffoli along with 9 others. As of the writing of this Gripe, I have had a very difficult time finding the party affiliations of many of the members. I will hunt them down eventually and post them here to The Gripe. I have a real problem with two of the members names on their web site http://luzernegsc.org/members. Those names are officially written as Richard "Kick" Heffron and Bob "Whammer" Wanyo. Kick and Whammer, its like Rocky and Bullwinkle, Fred and Barney, Felix and Oscar Tom and Jerry and Ralph and Norton. This group of highly educated and business savy people quickly came to the conclusion that Home Rule would work in Luzerne County. This affirmitive paved the way for the question to be on the ballot.
Anyway, all of the Home Rule stuff was really fuzzy to most people as they debated to vote yes or no. I think their decision was easy in their minds...Yes! Yes even though 80% of the voters had no freakin' idea what it was all about. Again justifying my theory that "The Masses Are Idiots"! Don't get me wrong here, I'm not saying they voted incorrectly, I'm saying that they voted for something they had no idea about. Home Rule Yes garnered about 10,000 more votes that Home Rule No. The thing that scares me about Home Rule is will we have 12 nimrods running the county instead of 3 lunkheads? Steve Urban Jungle has already postured for Home Rule by switching to the Dark Democratic side. Can the Republicans manipulate the system to finally get control of the county? Only time will tell. My best guess right now is that the system will be all screwed up if "We the people" don't vote intelligent candidates into the 11 positions. "We the people" of Luzerne County have a tendency to screw things up in a royal way and then bitch to high heaven about it. Hey, that's what The Right To Gripe is all about. I feel confident that I will have plenty of material for 2011.
The Right To Gripe would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous and Happy New Year. Just as a warning, The Gripe turns 1 year old this Sunday, December 26th.
On the 11th Day of Christmas the county gave to me...
Taxes, Taxes, Taxes
Soup Swillin Reilly No Manger Scene Closing of Moon Lake Park Judge Ciavarella Commissioner no one heard of Greg Skrepenak Corruption in the Courthouse Reassessment Debacle Greco and his TV's And the bogus Levy Fee
Well, how can I Gripe about the county jug heads without mentioning the "T" word...TAXES. Just let me say we got plenty of them. In 2010, the triple threat over at the rats nest we call a courthouse, "In The Can" Mary Ann Petrilla, Tom "The Commissioner No One Heard Of" Cooney and Steve "The Turncoat" Urban decided to raise our property taxes 15% and that was right on top of reassessment. It was a double reaming with no KY! We all got bent over twice and didn't even get dinner and a movie. Just for the record, Steve Urban 'Jungle" voted against the increase as each lame Republican Commish does. Petrilla and Cooney blamed the spending habits of former Commissioner Greg "Big Ugly" Skrepenak for the budget problems. Sure, lets pin the blame on the guy that's not there anymore. How many times do you see that happen in your place of work. Instead of taking the blame, these yellow bellied lizards hammer Skrep with the blame. He has been thrown under the bus so many times they can't even scrape his carcass off the road. What I found interesting about this tax increase was the 2010 budget for the judicial branch - which included court administration, magisterial courts, stenographers, domestic relations, probation services and jury commissioners increased by $1.3 million, from $20.5 million to $21.8million. Those filthy bastard judges wanted more money to run their crooked courts and we the tax payers suffered. Thank goodness the county does not plan on another tax increase for 2011. I guess they figure, "Ah screw it"! Let the Home Rule tribunal handle it.
On the 10th Day of Christmas the county gave to me...
Soup Swillin Reilly
No Manger Scene Closing of Moon Lake Park Judge Ciavarella Commissioner no one heard of Greg Skrepenak Corruption in the Courthouse Reassessment Debacle Greco and his TV's And the bogus Levy Fee
On November 4th, former Luzerne County Jerk of Courts Bob "Soup Swillin" Reilly was sentenced to two years probation, a $1,000.00 fine and 50 hours of community service at The St. Vincent DePaul Soup Kitchen. Reilly pleaded guilty to lying to the Feds concerning bribes he took from a local contractor who secured work in the Clerk Of Courts offices. The lying swine Bob-O told the Feds he only accepted a $200.00 payment which he thought was a campaign donation. Are you kidding me! Thom Greco wasn't the contractor was he? Anyway, the G-Men from the FBI found out that he actually took about $2,000.00 in payments for work done in the Taj Mahal of crime on River Street. The Feds cut Reilly a break and only charged him with lying after he entered into a plea agreement. AHHHH, the old plea agreement. What a joke! Federal Judge "Soup Kitchen" Conoboy then sentenced Bob-O as mentioned above which includes the punishment of choice, 50 hours sloppin grub at the Soup Kitchen. I wonder who makes sure he shows up with ladle in hand? I would like to know when Bucko Bob and Thom The Tick will be over there. I would make a donation to have them dump some grub on my plate. Maybe Judge Conoboy will be dinning out that night?
On the 9th day of Christmas the county gave to me...
No Manger Scene
The Closing of Moon Lake Park Judge Ciavarella Commissioner no one heard of Greg Skrepenak Corruption in the Courthouse Reassessment Debacle Greco and his TV's And the bogus Levy Fee
It was just about one year ago today that the gutless cowards at the courthouse took down the manger scene along with the menorah because the local ACLU threatened to sue which could have cost the taxpayers up to $175,000.00 in legal fees. Just the thought of that sent courthouse employees scrambling to get the stuff off the front lawn and into the dank basement of the courthouse. It was a gutless act of fear! Skrep, Turban Urban and In the Can Mary Ann bellied up instantly and gave the edict for their removal. Personally, I would have told those moral morons at the ACLU to pound sand where the sun don't shine. The ACLU stated that only 2 religions were represented and that was wrong. So to appease these idiots, the county added a few light up candy canes, a snowman and a Happy Kwanzaa sign. Is Kwanzaa actually a real holiday? Anyway, this made the ACLU jerk offs happy and all was good some 3 days later. As for the county, shame on you for actually taking the stuff down. You showed your yellow underbelly even though you had 100% support from just about every resident in the county. By the way, on December 26th the Irish celebrate The Day Of The Wren. God damn it, I want a big inflatable wren on the lawn of the courthouse or I'm suing their asses off.
On the 8th Day Of Christmas the county gave to me...
The Closing of Moon Lake Park
Judge Ciavarella Commissioner no one heard of Greg Skrepenak Corruption in the Courthouse Reassessment Debacle Greco and his TV's And the bogus Levy Fee
Back in December during their budget meetings, the 3 Stooges Steve "Turncoat" Urban, Greg "Big Ugly" Skrepenak and "In the Can" Mary Ann Petrilla decided that Luzerne County could no longer afford to keep Moon Lake Park open. This short sighted decision sent shock waves throughout the County. Here is what The Gripe wrote back in January.
It looks like Luzerne County is giving it to the people in the back pocket again with their announcement to close Moon Lake Park. Their fiscal irresponsibility along with their greed and corruption has once again been taken out on the people that they serve. Over the past several months the county nitwits have instituted a bogus levy tax, performed a joke called reassessment, raised our taxes 15% and now they whack us with the closing of Moon Lake Park. According to their own estimates, Moon Lake attracted between 100,000 and 150,000 people every year. Now due to their diligent efforts to flush money down the toilet "we the people" are getting punished again. It appears that our commissioners have looked at the bottom line of the Moon Lake budget and dropped the fiscal ax. However, if you look at the 2009 Luzerne County budget which is available on their web site, you will see that last year Moon Lake lost $190,379.00. By looking at this number alone you may want to agree with their decision. This amount of money is at least 3 or 4 salaries for their political cronies. God forbid we could not get rid of them. Instead the commissioners take Moon Lake to the chopping block to lop its head off. After a careful examination of the Moon Lake budget, I have a few questions.
1. Under the Parks/Recreation Concessions area of their budget the county claims that they collected $6,500.00 total which includes the sales of soda and food. They also claim that they spent $6,000.00 for these items. This means that they made only $500.00 in the sales of all concession items. Last time I checked they had a pool with a concession along with the boat house down by the lake that sold bait along with munchies. If they only made $500.00 on this stuff something is wrong. My guess would be money is going into someone's pocket.
2. In the areas of personnel, the county is spending $108,990.00 for the employees that work at Moon Lake Park. According to their budget, $73,717.00 goes toward salaries and wages with $45,322.00 being paid out to management. I would guess that they only have one manager there? This means that only $28,395 is going to other employees. Are you kidding me? They must have only one other poor sap working there or a bunch of part timers. The county is also paying $24,480.00 in benefits and $7,043.00 in employer's contribution taxes. My question is do we need a full time manager there in the winter months? I say NOT!
So, what is the solution? I think it is simple. Currently, when you pull into the park you have to go by the station house. If the county charged $2.00 for every person that entered they would actually make money. You would have to pull up to the station, sign in and pay your $2.00. If 100,000 people visit each year as the county states that would bring in an additional $200,000. Based on their numbers this fee would actually give them a profit of about $10,000. They could also have a park permit available for people and families that visit the park on a regular basis. They could charge $20.00 per permit which would give park visitors access to everything in the park including the pool for the entire year. In 2009, the pool at Moon Lake only brought in $5,000.00 in swimming pool fees. This amount seems very low to me. If 10,000 people or 10% of their visitors purchased this park pass they would make $200,000.00. As you know, I am not a big fan of taxes and charges, but in this case I don't think that people who go to Moon Lake would mind paying $2.00 to save the park they love. As for the $20,00 park fee, it may actually save people some money who use the pool a few times a week.
My question is did the county actually look at viable options to keep Moon Lake alive or did they just say ax the bastard because we are losing money on this thing? I think they quickly sentenced the park to death. I am sick and tired of the Luzerne County officials and their pillaging of the people. They keep raising taxes, levying new taxes while cutting services to the people. What the hell are they doing with all of this money? Big changes need to be made and it starts with all of us at election time.
The GRIPE went on the road this weekend to our nations capital Washington DC. Sorry we missed the Gripe Of Christmas yesterday, but a road trip was in order. Two quick observations before I get to the 12 Gripes Of Christmas. #1, the roads in Virginia were great, the roads in DC were good, the roads in Maryland were excellent and the roads in Pennsylvania just plain stink! I will gripe this right after Christmas. #2, As I approached DC, I saw a sign that made me laugh so hard I almost wet myself. The sign said, "The George Bush Center For Intelligence". It must be an empty building or lot. Anyway onto The 12 Gripes Of Christmas.
On the 7th Day of Christmas the county gave to me...
Judge Ciavarella The Commissioner no one heard of Greg Skrepenak Corruption in the Courthouse Reassessment Debacle Greco and his TV's And the bogus Levy Fee
Mark "Kids For Cash" Ciavarella was indicted by a federal grand jury back in September of 2009 for racketeering, fraud, money laundering, extortion, bribery, and federal tax violations and that they received millions of dollars in illegal payments. Along with the criminal charges, the indictment seeks the forfeiture of at least $2,819,500 which is alleged to be the proceeds of the charged criminal activity. This one of many county indictments sent the people of NEPA reeling in their shoes. How could and elected judge, a man who swears on a bible that he will uphold the law actually break the law in so many ways? Well folks this dirt ball did just that! His crimes are so heinous that it boggles the imagination. It was so bad that ABC's 20/20 did a story on it. Ciavarella was putting juveniles away in a detention center for minor crimes like fights in school and shoplifting and then taking a kickback from their cronies. Here is what ABC News wrote on their web site, "Ciavarella and Conahan, who face up to 7 years in prison, had devised a plot to use their positions as judges to pad their pockets. They shut down the old county-run juvenile detention center by first refusing to send kids there and, then, by cutting off funds, choking it out of existence. They then replaced the facility with a cash cow -- a privately owned lockup built by the judges' cronies -- and forged a deal for the county to pay $58 million for a 10-year period for its use. At the time Conahan was serving as president judge of the Luzerne County Common Pleas Court, a position that allowed him to control the county-court budget. Ciavarella was the Luzerne County juvenile court judge". This makes me sick! Of course, The Jerk-off Judge is fighting every single charge which is stringing this thing out and causing the tax payers lots of cash. I am a tax payer and I say enough is enough. Put this guy in shackles like he did to those kids, strip him down, give him a full cavity search and dress him in that wonderful orange jump suit. Lube him up for Leroy and get him checked into the crowbar hotel. No country club jail for this scum bag! As I write this Gripe I am becoming more and more enraged! I get more and more enraged because it has been over one year now and this guy is still on the streets. If it were you or I, we would have been locked up that day! What else really ticks me off is that I predicted some time ago that this crook would not spend one single minute in the slammer. He will string this thing out until he breathes no more. That alone is a crime in itself.
On the 6th day of Christmas the county gave to me.....
The Commissioner no one heard of
Greg Skrepenak Corruption in the Courthouse Reassessment Debacle Greco and his TV's And the bogus Levy Fee
Can you name the 3 current County Commissioners? I bet you can't. Well, there is Republican turncoat now a Democrat Steven Urban and one of our favorites here at The Gripe, "In The Can" Mary Ann Petrilla. The 3rd Commish, who seems to lurk in the dark shadows of the courthouse is Thomas Cooney. Looney Cooney was appointed to the seat when Greg Skrepenak resigned due to his checking into the crowbar hotel. Cooney, the Director of Development for A & E Group, Inc.(a multi-discipline design and consulting firm) is married to the former Nancy Flanagan. Cooney holds a Bachelor of Science from Kings College and a Master of Business Administration. He was also the past chairman of the initial Government Study Commission in the mid 1970s. Why Cooney would want to get involved with this bunch of morons is beyond me. This is a smart man with extensive business experience and a good education. My guess is that he has thought about the tail pipe a few times since being selected. Normally business savvy folks do not get involved with politics because everything to do with it stinks of rotten potatoes. Have you ever smelled rotten potatoes? It is one of the worst smells in the world. Anyway, now you can name all 3 of the short term Commissioners. They are short term because of the voter acceptance of Home Rule. Good luck with that too.
On the 5th Day of Christmas the county gave to me.....
Corruption in the Courthouse Reassessment Debacle Greco and his TV's And the bogus Levy Fee
As you sing the song, you know that Greg Skrepenak fits in perfectly with 5 golden rings. Skrep got caught up with Anthony Trombetta and ended up with 24 months in the slammer in West Virginia, a $5100.00 fine and 3 years of supervised release. All because he took a $5,000.00 bribe. That was an expensive price to stay in the Crowbar Hotel. In my mind every time I think of this I say to myself, why? Why would a guy with a degree from the University of Michigan, who played in the NFL take or even need a $5,000.00 bribe. The Big Ugly either got caught up in all of the crap in the courthouse or he got set up. My guess is he taking the fall for Trombetta and the good old boys from Pittston. Man, I hope I don't find a horses head in my bed when I wake up in the morning. Anyway, what Skrep did was wrong, but Clerk of Courts Bob Reilly and others in that cesspool of corruption we call the courthouse did the same or worse and they are not in the clink. A guy like TV Thom hides information from the Feds and walks away clean. Shit, Reilly paid a fine and 50 hours slinging slop at the soup kitchen for accepting a bribe. Something stinks here! Bill Brace got a $1,500.00 tailored suit from New York out of the deal. He has not been sentenced yet. I can't wait to see what happens to him. As for Trombetta, I could not find any information on an arrest for giving the bribe. What the hell is that all about? It appears the Feds and sentencing Judge Conoboy may be playing some judicial games here. I guess we will see how all the rats shake out in the end.
On the fourth day of Christmas the county gave to me.....
Corruption in the Courthouse Reassessment Debacle Greco and his TV's And the bogus Levy Fee
Corruption in the courthouse and that is putting it lightly. Do you know how many of our nitwit public servants have been involved with a crime? Well here is the list so far. Judge Mark Ciavarella - Numerous charges for the Kids For Cash Scheme Judge Michael Conahan - Numerous charges for the Kids For Cash Scheme Judge C. Joseph Rehkamp - Simple assault and harassment for fight with his wife Judge Michael Toole - Fraud and tax charges Commissioner Greg Skrepenak - Taking a bribe County HR Director Doug Richards - Taking bribes Prothonotary Jill Moran - The Kids For Cash Scheme (She claims she did not know) Probation Director - Sandra Brulo - Obstruction of Justice Clerk of Courts Bob Reilly - Taking kickbacks Treasurer Michael Morreale - Hunting over bait
Well there it is! Four judges that administer the law breaking the law, one commissioner, three row officers and two department leaders all rounded up by the Feds. Oh, let me single out Mike Morreale, he was charged and fined by the Pa Game Commission. By the way, he is responsible for dishing out all of the anterless deer licenses. I wonder how many of his relatives and friends get them? I know I don't. Anyway, this is an absolute embarrassment to the people of Luzerne County. Remember in the movie Frankenstein when the people stormed the castle with torches, well I'm envisioning that at the courthouse. This makes me sick. I just puked up lunch writing it. I bet you didn't know about a few of these crooks.
On the third day of Christmas the county gave to me....
Reassessment Debacle Greco and his TV's And the bogus Levy Fee
We all remember this mess because we all got bent over and taxed up the old Hersey Highway. Our fearless leaders led by "In The Can Mary Ann" contracted with a firm out of Philly to come in and reassess all of our properties. With a mere walk down the street they determined that our properties should be taxed more. WHAT! Are you kidding me! My local taxes are going up, my recycling fee is going up, gas is on the rise, my cigars are being taxed more and wham, my county property taxes just doubled. Houdini couldn't even conjure up a trick this good. I got nothing left to give. What's next, oh that's right, a raise in our water bills for water we cannot drink. It is now going to cost me more to take a good dump. I am just wondering what type of tax magic the county can perform for 2011. I know I am about ready to go postal.
On the second day of Christmas the county gave to me....
Greco and his TV's and the bogus levy fee
How could we not have TV Thom on the 12 Gripes of Christmas. If you are a regular Gripe reader you know that this parasite gave TV's to Greg Skrepenak and then threw him under the LCTA bus once the Feds started snooping around (Gripe-November 12th). He squealed like the swine that he is and Big Skrep ended up in the slammer. Tapeworm Thom actually thought he was going to get paid for these TV's! Are you kidding me! Skrep did Thom the Tick several political favors and what does he get in return, a trip to the crowbar hotel. Watch your back Thom, because as Keith Jackson would say, "OHHH the Big Uglies will get ya"! And this Big Ugly will be 400 pounds of pissed off when they let him lose. Watch out TV Thom, The Big Ugly will be coming down to the Soup Kitchen for a serving of Whoop Ass!
The Christmas Season is upon us and as I promised, The 12 Gripes Of Christmas. When completed, you will be able to sing it right along with the actual song. Of course, I will be throwing up a small Gripe along with all 12 Days. How could I not.
On the first day of Christmas the county gave to me,
A Bogus Levy Fee This bogus Levy Fee is a joke. How can the county only tax people within the 1972 flood plain. In my opinion, this tax described as a "fee" is unconstitutional. As I mentioned in a previous Gripe on this topic, next the nimrods at the courthouse will levy a fee on people with the number 7 in their house numbers. It burns by balls that I have to pay a fee to be protected from the river. They need to dredge that cesspool so we don't have to worry about floods. I have a question, what happens if the river breaks through the levy like it did in 1972 and my house is flooded? Does that mean the zipper heads from the county did not maintain the levy correctly? If that's the case, I'm suing their asses off! I am sick and tired of this crap! I'm sick of paying tax after tax after tax! I say the people should band together and not pay this tax. What are they going to do, put us all in jail? Oh, I forgot, they would add a prison fee to all Luzerne County residence to build a new prison to house us all.
It is the Christmas Season, notice I did not say Holiday Season and starting Monday, December 13th we will bring you The 12 Gripes Of Christmas. It will be 12 straight days of Gripes that deal with our beloved Luzerne County. In fact, you will be able to sing it daily right along with the music of the 12 Day's Of Christmas song. It's a special time of the year and we should celebrate with something special.... Gripes.
Now on to the Christmas vs Holiday thing. I think if you say Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas you are a gutless coward who is giving into the "Politically Correct" crowd. I am sick and tired of this politically correct crap that floats around like a turd in the bowl. If you don't like Merry Christmas or even Happy Hanukkah then I say go stick your head in a hole and come back out on Ground Hog Day. For years people said Merry Christmas and now all of a sudden it offends some people. If this is offensive to you then "Go Screw Yourself"! I refuse to say Happy Holidays! In fact don't send me a card that says Happy Holidays because I will not put it up. It will go right in the refuse. I say refuse here because it is no longer trash or garbage. The politically correct don't like garbage. It is what it is...Garbage. As for that wonderful day on December 25th, it's Merry "Freakin" Christmas you nitwits. Don't be afraid to say it. In fact say it with pride! MERRY CHRISTMAS.....Merry Christmas.....Merry Christmas.
I was driving past the Hotel Sterling this past week and noticed that someone paved the part of River Street right next to the hotel. This new black top is right where they have it blocked off to traffic. ARE YOU FREAKIN' KIDDING ME! They pave the part of the road where no one can go! They need to pave W. Market St right by the Guard building. I hit that pot hole the other day and lost a nut.
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