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!
Back in June, my sister-in-law Amy C. had new front porch steps put onto her house by a friend who happens to be a carpenter, handy man kind of guy. Marty did a great job putting on the steps which included nice slatted hand rails on both sides. The job took him all of one day and cost $200.00 total. Job completed! On Friday, Amy C. got a note which was stuck to her front door from the Forty Fort Zoning officer stating that she contact him immediately because he finally noticed 2 months later that the work was done and no permit was issued. In a panic Amy C. called me and asked if I would call the Zoning Nazi to find out what the problem was. I dialed the number and got to the Zoning Officer to ask what was going on. He proceeded to ask me when the work was done, who did it and did they get a permit. I told him the steps were put up in June, Marty did the job and I wasn't sure if a permit was obtained. Of course, he already knew the answer to the last question because one was not issued. I told him again that I didn't know and asked what was needed to be done at this point. His answer, come down to the Borough Building to obtain a permit at a cost of $54.00. WHAT! ARE YOU FREAKIN KIDDING ME? $54.00! The entire job only cost $200.00! This is highway robbery! The cost of the permit is more than 25% of the entire job. This is a bunch of crap! In addition to this milking of the people, he then told me that the steps did not meet the "code". I then proceeded to ask him what part of the code and he stated that the handrails were not in code. WHAT? This job consisted of 3 steps and 2 hand rails. I went up and down the steps with no problem. Of course I said, "ARE YOU FREAKIN KIDDING ME"? His response was no I am not kidding you. So now, my sister-in-law has to go buy a permit for $54.00 for a small job that was done 2 months ago and most likely pay more money to get the hand rails up to "code". All I have to say is this is a sick joke. The borough of Forty Fort is milking its residence for every single house repair that they do. There is a permit for the contractor, a permit for the homeowner which has a price based on the cost of the job, and there is a fee to have the Zoning Nazi come out to check the completed job. This is a bunch of horse shit! Forty Fort also has the insane sewer rental fee, the counties bogus levy fee and of course the usual taxes out the ass. Shit, they might as well whack us with an air breathing fee. I don't know how much more of this I can take. I can tell you this, my money well is drying up fast. Its time "We The People" rise up to take a stand against this kind of stuff. Several weeks ago I wondered how Forty Fort was able to hire 3 new full time police officers. When I sat on council, we had no money and almost did away with the police department simply because the money was not there to keep it the way it was. All of a sudden there is money??? The people of Forty Fort should check their wallets and purses because they must feel a lot lighter these days. The filthy hands of local government keep reaching in to pilfer our hard earned cash.
I have to get this off my chest. I have been waiting to write about this for some time now and have hesitated to do so. After watching all of the 2012 shows on TV, after doing hours of research on the web and after all of the crazy disasters and weather that mother earth has been having I have come to the conclusion that the Mayans are correct. Now for all of you people that scoff at these 2012 predictions I say, "You will be sorry when something big happens". I also say don't come looking for me when you are caught with your pants down because I will be prepared. Yea, you think I am nuts, I know my wife does. However, the facts don't lie. The Mayans, Egyptians, Hopi Indians as well as several other civilizations all predicted that the world as we know it will end on December 21, 2012. The key to this sentence is, the world as we know it! Some predict global destruction of cataclysmic proportions while others predict nothing.
Folks, the facts are clear. In December 2012, we will encounter the Galactic Alignment and that's a scientific fact. The Galactic Alignment is an astrological event that happens every 26,000 years when the sun aligns with the Galactic Equator in the middle of the Milky Way Galaxy. There has been scientific evidence discovered in Mexico and South America that proves that there was a great deep freeze in those areas some 26,000 years ago. Coincidence? I think not. Also, scientists have discovered a black hole in the Dark Rift of the Milky Way which happens to lie in the Galactic Equator. We are headed in that direction as we speak. What will happen if we encounter this black hole. It's too bleak to even think about. The Earth and all of its inhabitants would be torn apart and destroyed. Some scientists believe that as we hurtle toward the Dark Rift that massive solar storms, magnetic pole reversal, earthquakes, super volcanoes, and other drastic natural events may occur in 2012.
So, what do I believe? I think that something will happen. Current geological and meteorological events have picked up in numbers and intensities. In April of this year, the Midwest had three times the number of tornadoes than normal. We have had massive earthquakes of 7.0 or higher in Japan, Haiti, Chile and New Zealand. We had a 5.9 earthquake here on the east coast. The last time an earthquake of this magnitude occurred was in 1897. We have had volcanic activity in Italy, Indonesia, Hawaii and Iceland. The National Weather Service has also predicted a heavier than normal hurricane season starting with Irene which is bearing down on the east coast of the U.S. right now. What I believe is as we approach the Dark Rift and the center of the Milky Way, we will encounter more activity due to the gravitational pull exerted on the earth from this alignment. I also believe that we will be bombarded with solar radiation due to huge mass coronal ejections on the sun. Scientists have confirmed that we are now in a time line of increased solar activity. That's another fact! The results of these blasts will reach earth and cause havoc with electricity, GPS systems, computers and cell phones. It is a scientific fact that there are several small holes in the ozone layer that protects earth from radiation. NASA scientists have confirmed this. In fact, we have recently attached a devise on the space station to measure this solar activity. I bet you didn't know that! I think our government knows something is going to happen and they are keeping it under wraps. There is something that never happens!!! NOT! It is rumored that they are building huge underground bunkers in Virginia to house chosen people such as government officials and the wealthy. Several scientists for NASA have predicted that these solar ejections will knock out the power grids across the planet thus plunging the earth into darkness.
All of this will happen in December which means no lights and no heat. Chaos will follow because the human race is a bunch of ruthless neanderthals. I predict looting, killing, rape and other crimes to become rampant. I recommend that you go out and buy a generator now. Also, if you have guns start stocking up on ammo. You will need it. If you don't have any guns, get one and learn how to shoot it. I don't predict the end of the world and all life on our wonderful planet. However, I do think that we will see a life changing event so be ready. For those that laugh at this I say you will be sorry. When you come crying at my door I may take you in or I may put some hot lead right between your headlights. I will be prepared as we hurtle closer to 12/21/1012.
I opened up today's Times Leader and to my dismay saw a teaser at the upper left which read "Low Income Net For Families". Of course, opening the paper for me is like putting a match to a stick of dynamite. I immediately went to page 3A to read the story and then blew a gasket. I then jumped on the phone to contact one of our faithful Gripers R.W. to get his take since he subscribers to Comcast. He was at work, but I could hear the anger bubbling up inside when I asked him what he thought. If you read the story and I suggest you do especially if you have your Internet through Comcast, you will read that hundreds of low income families can sign up for a monthly Internet bill of only $9.99. This is a $31.00 savings off the regular price. WHAT! WHAT! The story goes on to say that this Internet service discount was forced upon Comcast by the Federal Communication Commission as a condition for federal approval to purchase NBC Universal. As part of this merger, Comcast agreed to "increase broadband deployment in low income households". ARE YOU FREAKIN' KIDDING ME! The feds have now dangled a new "Internet Teat" for the welfare people to suck on. They are disguising this program as a help to unemployed families who have children who need the Internet for school. CUT ME A BREAK! What's next, low income discounts for high def satellite service? I am paying out the ass for food, fuel, power, water, TV and Internet service and I have to read about this shit. Maybe I should quit my job so I can have all of this paid for. Christ, this crap drives me crazy.
By the way, the story also has a grid attached which lists all of the local school districts and the percentage of students eligible for the school lunch program. Of course, the availability to latch onto this Internet program will be based on this school lunch program. Here are some staggering figures on the percentages of students who are eligible:
Wilkes-Barre Area (55.16%)
Hazleton Area (53.51%)
Wyoming Valley West (48.83%)
Nanticoke Area (43.86%)
Luzerne County General (41.11%)
These numbers stunned the hell out of me! In some cases, more than 50% of the students can get a "Free Lunch". Don't get me wrong here, no kid should go without lunch. I want to make that very clear! What ever happened to packing a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and a piece of fruit in a lunch bag? It is hard for me to believe that the 4 school districts listed above are higher or right around 50% of the student body being eligible for free lunch. This is mind boggling. If the kids are actually going to use the Internet for studying, I am for it. However, my guess will be that the adult(s) in the house will use it to watch streaming porn whenever they get the chance. I also think that the online dating service numbers will go up in our area as well. Once again the feds hand over the goods and the rest of us will suffer the consequences. Comcast subscribers should make sure they keep this in mind when they get that increase next year in cable and Internet services. You know its coming! Somebody has to make up the difference!
Let me tell you that I am sick and tired of buying things that are made in China. Everything you pick up in the stores is made in China, China, China. I can't stand it anymore! All the products that they make are junk, pure garbage. The companies that used to have factories here in the U.S. which employed hard working Americans have now closed those facilities and moved them to China. Why? Because it is cheaper to make the crap there. The Chinese folks will work for about $4.00 per hour on assembly lines to produce nothing but "use it one time and throw it away" products. The trash that they produce and send to this country has taken me over the edge to the point of insanity.
It's easy to blame the Chinese for this economic swing to their side, however I think it is a genius move on their part to win the war against America. Back when the Cold War was in full swing, China was right near the top of our enemy list while we and our way of life was public enemy number one on their radar. With every news story people wondered if they were going to launch a nuke our way to start World War III thus ending the world as we know it. Of course, they were not that stupid. Instead, I believe that they put together a long term plan to cripple the United States through an economic war. One they knew that we would eventually lose. Their plan would unfold by luring American companies such as local powered wheelchair maker Pride Mobility to their country by promising cheap labor and quick production. As American companies struggled with unions wanting high wages and expanding benefits, the Chinese dangled the golden carrot and off they went. It was a no brainer for the greedy corporate big wigs. They could line their pockets with bags of money and still produce a product to be sold here in the U.S..
What these business hot shots didn't realize was that they would play a big part in the current crumbling of the American economy. When people are out of work, they don't spend money. PERIOD! They also run up credit card bills and take out loans that they can't pay, resulting in the destruction of our banking system. We see the results of this right now. Bank of America is planning to lay off 3500 workers over the next few months as part of a restructuring plan. I say "restructure this" you stupid bastards! In addition, Coca Cola has announced that it will invest $4 billion dollars in the Chinese market as many fast food companies scramble to expand in this growing market. In the meantime, our market share shrinks like a you know what in cold water. This makes me wanna puke!
So, how do we win the economic war that the Chinese have so carefully orchestrated against us? First off, we have to find a way to get the American people back to work. Its time that our government starts to levy huge tariffs on goods coming into the U.S. This will place a financial burden on some of these companies that moved out of the U.S. resulting in their return. We as Americans need to be a bit more frugal when buying things at the store. Look for goods made in America if you can actually find them. Remember, the most powerful group in the world is the American Consumer and that includes YOU! Use your power to send a message. Stop buying the crap made in China. Lets start a counter attack in this economic war that the Chinese will never forget. Send a message to the Walmarts, K-Marts and other stores that insist on selling garbage. Let the world know that "We are as mad as hell and we are not going to take it anymore"!
I was perusing through my emails over the weekend and came across this from a Mr. Skinny Ass. Now, I don't know who Mr. Skinny Ass is, but I want to thank him for sending this my way. Here is what this email is all about. Back in August of 2010, Alan Simpson, Senator from Wyoming , called Senior Citizens the Greediest Generation as he compared "Social Security" to a Milk Cow with 310 million teats. The co-chair of President Barack Obama's bipartisan deficit commission lashed out at seniors because they are unhappy with his ideas for reducing the deficit by cutting Social Security benefits while reducing corporate taxes. "I've never had any nastier mail or [been in a] more difficult position in my life," Simpson told Jeremy Pelzer at the Casper Star-Tribune. "Just vicious. People I've known, relatives [saying], 'You son of a bitch. How could you do this?'" Well, here is what one unknown Senior Citizen had to say.
"Hey Alan, let's get a few things straight..
1. As a career politician, you have been on the public dole for FIFTY
2. I have been paying Social Security taxes for 48 YEARS (since I was
15 years old. I am now 63).
3 My Social Security payments, and those of millions of other
Americans, were safely tucked away in an interest bearing account for
decades until you political pukes decided to raid the account and give
OUR money to a bunch of zero ambition losers in return for votes, thus
bankrupting the system and turning Social Security into a Ponzi scheme
that would have made Bernie Madoff proud.
4. Recently, just like Lucy & Charlie Brown, you and your ilk pulled
the proverbial football away from millions of American seniors nearing
retirement and moved the goalposts for full retirement from age 65 to
age 67. NOW, you and your shill commission is proposing to move the
goalposts YET AGAIN.
5 I, and millions of other Americans, have been paying into Medicare
from Day One, and now you morons propose to change the rules of the
game.. Why? Because you idiots mismanaged other parts of the economy to
such an extent that you need to steal money from Medicare to pay the
6. I, and millions of other Americans, have been paying income taxes
our entire lives, and now you propose to increase our taxes yet again.
Because you incompetent bastards spent our money so profligately that
you just kept on spending even after you ran out of money. Now, you
come to the American taxpayers and say you need more to pay off YOUR
To add insult to injury, you label us "greedy" for calling "bullshit"
on your incompetence. Well, Captain Bullshit, I have a few questions
1. How much money have you earned from the American taxpayers during
your pathetic 50-year political career?
2. At what age did you retire from your pathetic political career, and
how much are you receiving in annual retirement benefits from the
3. How much do you pay for YOUR government provided health insurance?
4. What cuts in YOUR retirement and healthcare benefits are you
proposing in your disgusting deficit reduction proposal, or, as usual,
have you exempted yourself and your political cronies?
It is you, Captain Bullshit, and your political co-conspirators called
Congress who are the "greedy" ones. It is you and your fellow
nutcases who have bankrupted America and stolen the American dream from
millions of loyal, patriotic taxpayers.. And for what? Votes.
That's right, sir. You and yours have bankrupted America for the sole
purpose of advancing your pathetic political careers. You know it, we
know it, and you know that we know it.
And you can take that to the bank, you miserable son of a bitch.
Talk like this warms the cockles of my heart. The facts are that "We The People" pay into Social Security and damn it we want our money and we want it now! If these pinheads in Washington have pissed away our Social Security money I say we storm the Capitol and take back our government. of course, most of the people storming the ramparts will be using walkers, canes and wheelchairs which means it may take a while.
The trial is over and so is the sentencing in the case against former Luzerne County "Kids For Cash Judge" Mark "Ciavy" Ciavarella. "Ciavy's" law dog, Attorney Al Flora made one last ditch effort to free his slimy client before Judge Edwin Kosik handed down justice at about 10:05 am in Scranton. "Ciavy" himself opened with apologies to family, friends, the public and juveniles, then turned defiant and repeated his claim that he never took money in exchange for sending juveniles to private detention facilities. After all was said and done, our man "Ciavy" was sentenced to 336 Months or 28 years in the crow bar hotel. In reality, "Ciavy" may spend the rest of his filthy life behind bars with Leroy and Terrell. He will be 89 years old if he serves his entire sentence. All of this makes me very happy! Finally, justice seems to have been done. I use the words seems, because I still think this dirty bastard has a barrage of appeals being filed as I write this Gripe!
After the sentence was made official, Attorney Flora stated that "Ciavy" will turn himself over to the court immediately. I'm not sure what that means but I am sure of one thing, court officials did not take him out in irons like he did to many of the juveniles in his courtroom who committed much lesser crimes. They should have snapped the shackles onto this slime balls wrists and ankles as soon as the Judge slammed down his gavel. Instead, he is being given a court courtesy of surrendering himself. This makes me wanna puke! Even after this sentence, I know we have not heard the last of our man "Ciavy". He is cocky and defiant and in his mind he did not sell kids up the river for cash. I say, one appeal and then lets be done with it! "Ciavy" has given the R2G plenty to Gripe about and for this and this only he will be missed. However, in the words of Yankee TV Broadcaster Michael Kaye, "See Ya"!
If you are a home owner, then you know that home owners insurance is a must. When you buy your home you do your research to find the best policy and then pay out the back pocket to insure your home. When you sign the papers, you may browse through them or you may just sign on the dotted line and be done with it. However, have you ever really read through your policy line by line, word by word? My wife did this yesterday and let me tell you, I was stunned by what was in there. I couldn't believe some of the things that I am covered for. Of course, I am covered for the usual things like fire, certain theft and general damages. That is good. I am very happy with this part of my policy.
Now, after reading our policy over, I found that I am actually covered for damages due to a volcano! WHAT! WHAT! A volcano? ARE YOU FREAKIN' KIDDING ME! My guess would be that the NEPA region hasn't had a volcanic eruption since the Mesozoic Era when the dinosaurs ruled the planet. Oh, it gets better. I am covered for the ash and lava destruction, but not certain types of earthquake destruction that in many cases comes along with the volcanic eruption. Here is where it gets better. I am covered if the earthquake happens first and then the lava destroys my house. I am not covered if my house is spared lava destruction and then the earthquake hits. YOU GOTTA BE KIDDING ME! There is about one in a trillion chance of my home being destroyed in a volcanic eruption but I am insured for it. In fact, Mr. Spock couldn't even calculate the odds of my house being destroyed in a volcanic eruption.
Here is what really bites at my gluteus maximus. Luzerne County has deemed that I live in a flood zone and I agree, but my home owners insurance does not cover flood damage. I have to get separate insurance for that. What a scam! Maybe I should be able to choose one type of natural disaster coverage from a listing to include in my home owners policy. I can tell you it wouldn't be volcano coverage! This is insane! Anyway, if you want a good chuckle, pull out your home owners insurance policy and read it through carefully. I recommend that you lay some pillows on the floor around your chair baecause you may fall over in laughter.
Finally, it appears that the pin heads in Washington may have "cut" a deal which will avert financial disaster for our country. HOO-FREAKIN-RAY! They were only warned about this back in January by numerous financial experts! If you were on a vacation to Uranus and are not aware of what has been going on, here it is in a nut shell. On Tuesday, the United States of America is basically going to be out of money. PERIOD! That would have meant many federal workers would not have gotten paid, Social Security checks would not have gone out and Medicare payments would have stopped. In other words, the shit would have hit the fan. In addition, our national credit rating would have gone from a AAA which is excellent to a C or even D which is bad. How bad you ask? Bad, really bad! Our country would have to buy TV's and furniture from Rent-A-Center bad.
So now that you know how bad the situation in Washington is, I'm sure you just exhaled to breathe a sigh of relief. Not so fast I say! After watching countless hours of Congressional debates on C-Span, I can say our leaders in the House Of Representatives and in the Senate are selfish, greedy, moronic fools. Their dedication to their own political parties blinded them from serving the best interest of the people that put them there. (Please remember this when they are up for re-election.) Anyway, our Einsteins in Washington have proposed a first round of budget cuts that would total $917 billion to 1 trillion over the next 10 years along with allowing President Obama to raise the debt ceiling which is now at $14.3 trillion by $900 billion. That would raise the debt ceiling or the total amount of money in the red we are in to $15.2 trillion. I think my brain just exploded and is now leaking out of my ears! These money numbers are uncomprehensible! What exactly is trillion? Well, it looks something like this...$1,000,000,000,000.00. If you laid one dollar bills end to end, you could make a chain that stretches from earth to the moon and back again 200 times before you ran out of dollar bills! One trillion dollars would stretch nearly from the earth to the sun. It would take a military jet flying at the speed of sound, reeling out a roll of dollar bills behind it, 14 years before it reeled out one trillion dollar bills. Now, multiply that by 46 because $46,000,000,000,000.00 is what we owe. If the USA was a business, we would be in jail.
The bird brains in Washington have also proposed to create a "Super Congress". WHAT! WHAT! A "Super Congress"? Isn't our regular Congress good enough? In their own eyes I would say not. If we need a "Super Congress", why in the hell do we need the "Unsuper Congress"? This "Super Congress" will be responsible for the next round of $1.5 trillion in cuts that would be decided by a committee of 12 lawmakers evenly divided between the two parties and two chambers. This so-called "Super Congress" would have to present its cuts by Thanksgiving, and the rest of Congress could not amend or filibuster the recommendations. But if the "Super Congress" somehow failed to enact savings, the measure requires automatic cuts worth at least $1.2 trillion. Those cuts would be split equally between military and domestic programs. Social Security, Medicaid and programs for the poor would be spared, but Medicare providers -- not beneficiaries -- would take a hit. This has me a bit worried. Is cutting military spending a good thing? The "gutting" of Defense Budgets in the past have led to catastrophic results such as 911.
Defense isn't the only thing that will take a big hit. Medicare providers such as hospitals, nursing homes and physicians will be paid out less because of these cuts. What does that mean? It means medical care givers will probably whack health care insurances such as Blue Cross and Geisinger who will pass it on to, yep We The People. Overall, I am somewhat happy to see that our elected zipper heads MAY have come to an agreement. However, as usual they waited until the 13th hour to compromise which is a disgrace. It's a slap in the face to the citizens of The United States. We put these people in office to do a job and by god they better do it right! As of this moment, I am betting that somewhere down the road we are all going to get bent over to get "Super Congress Sized".
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.
CHECK THIS OUT!
Please make sure you click on The R2G ads below. Heck, I might be able to make a few cents on it.
WHAT THE HELL DO YOU THINK?
Every week we will post a poll question with a few answers to choose from. We want to know what the hell you think!
What feature do you like best on The Right To Gripe
Schmuck Of The Week Award
This one is a no brainer. Ariel Castro may actually be the schmuck of the century. If you don't know what he did then you should take the bridge.
WTF! I thought it was a hot blonde chick. NOT!
BECOME AN OFFICIAL GRIPER
These Blogs Have Links To The Right To Gripe. Please Show Them Some Love By Checking Them Out.