382 GRIPES and Griping Strong!



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!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Battle Lines Being Drawn

It has been a while since I Griped politics and I am not sure why. I guess it's because things have been quiet here on the home front and people other than politicians have been ticking me off daily. However, that is about to change. The election is right around the corner and things are starting to heat up especially around the courthouse. It appears that the Home Rule Transition Committee has asked Luzerne County Prothonotary Carolee Medico Olenginski to resign her elected position due to the Home Rule taking effect at the beginning of the year. Carolee Lee said, "resignation, it is totally out of the question". She feels that she was elected by the people to serve and that is exactly what she is going to do. She has 2 more years left on her term and she is determined to serve and collect the $36,562 per year salary. By the way, she is a row officer and her position will be eliminated as of January 1st. OK, this makes my brain turn to concrete. Transition member Rick Morelli raised the issue Wednesday, saying the resignations would save money and be the “right thing to do” because the elected posts are eliminated by home rule. Jim Haggerty, also a transition member, said he hopes the four (Medico Olenginski, Register of Wills Dotty Stankovic and Jury Commissioners Bonnie L. Markowski and Frank Semanski) will resign, but the committee has no power to force resignations.

No, you can't force them to resign before January 1st and guess what? These county parasites will hang on until they have bled the county for everything they can get. If they resign now, the county would save around $100,000 from their salaries alone. Of course, they will hang on like a leech on a yak in a Vietnamese rice patty or until they are physically escorted to the door and booted in the ass. By the way, Medico Olenginski is appealing a State Commonwealth Court ruling that rejected her claims that the Prothonotary’s office could not be eliminated under home rule because it’s part of the judicial system. What that tells me is she is going to fight this with her last breath which will most likely cost the taxpayers thousands of dollars in court fees. Go away now Carolee along with the rest of you political cronies. Your time dangling from the teat of the county system is over!

Thursday, October 27, 2011


The R2G was on the road this past weekend visiting our nations capitol, Washington D.C. While there I got a first hand tour of the Pentagon from my Washington insider and let me tell you it is impressive. In case you didn't know, there is a full Food Court located inside the Pentagon along with a full service CVS, DMV, Eye Doctor and upscale restaurant. There are also several snack shops throughout the corridors as well as a restaurant in the center courtyard. The Pentagon employs about 2100 people which is like a small community. During my time I also visited the 911 Pentagon memorial located right outside where those yellow bellied bastards crashed the plane killing 184 innocent people. Of course while I drove to and from D.C., I encountered several things that sent me into a fury. Of course, when I mention several Gripes you know what that means.....GRIPE SHOTS! Pull up a stool and settle in because we are going to down some GRIPE SHOT!

1. I have to say the only thing I found to be bad in the Pentagon was the toilet paper. Of course while I was there mother nature made a call and I was forced to drop a deuce, pinch a loaf, cop a squat and drop a bomb. When I went for the shit tickets I found the thinnest TP that I have ever seen. I may have been better off with some leaves from the courtyard. This paper was so thin I was in fear that I'd be giving myself a rectal exam. Now I know where the Super Congress is saving money. This paper was worse than the Scott single roll.

2. While on my drive I encountered the old tractor trailer side by side on the interstate. It never fails that when you get a good run of going about 75mph you come upon two trucks side by side going about 50mph. Of course, both of them are going the same speed to no one can get by. This crap drives me into a mega road rage. These road mules will travel for several miles like this backing up traffic as far as the eye can see. And guess what, they don't give a rats ass! These drivers think they own the road and they show it. To all of those side by side truck drivers I say go to hell you bastards.

3. Also while in the car, I listened to ESPN Radio for a while or should I say until I threw up. All these bone heads talk about is Tim Tebow, Tim Tebow, Tim Tebow. You would think he is the second coming of Christ! Let's face it, this guy is not a great quarterback. He can run, but his passing skills are mediocre at best. For some reason, the ESPN morons have latched onto this guy and are riding him like a prostitute on Saturday night. I just don't get it. They talk like he is going to lead the Bronco's to the Super Bowl. The only place he is going to lead them is into the crapper. To sum this up, he ain't no Aaron Rogers.

4. Finally, what the hell is taking FEMA so long in getting flood aid to the people of Pennsylvania. The winter is quickly approaching and the Einsteins at FEMA have been delaying in getting aid to flood victims throughout the state. Hell, our government seems to get aid to other countries quicker than its own people. That is a disgrace! It's time we stop bailing all these countries out. We need to take care of ourselves and NOW! FEMA needs to step on the flood aid gas pedal to get this relief aid out to the people who need it!

There you have it. Another round of GRIPE SHOTS. If you are intoxicated with GRIPE, hand over the keys and stay the night. We can drink down some GRIPE deep into the night.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Animal Slaughter

I was outraged at the slaughter of more than 50 animals including 18 Bengal Tigers in Ohio this week. In case you didn't know, the Bengal Tiger is an endangered species. I guess this is a fact everywhere in the world except Ohio. It appears that the owner of an exotic animal compound had committed suicide which left the animals without any supervision. Word from Ohio is now coming out that the owner of Muskingum County Animal Farm, Terry Thompson opened the fences and cages and then took his own life. I am outraged, but not surprised that the order to kill was quickly given to the cops. This makes me sick to my stomach. It makes we want to puke green bile all over myself. Over 50 beautiful animals were killed. Ohio police made every excuse in the book as to why they needed to pull out their long range rifles to open fire. Their excuses ranged from the public was in danger to it was getting dark out. I think it was the easy way out. I bet the cops eyes got big when they were given the order to shoot. It was the big game hunt that they would never see otherwise.

The biggest part of this slaughter in Ohio is the killing of the Bengal Tigers. There are only about 1400 of them left on the entire planet and now 18 are gone. That means in a matter of a few hours, 1.3% of the Bengal Tiger population was killed for no reason what-so-ever. Out of the 56 total animals that escaped, one grizzly bear, 3 leopards and 2 monkeys were captured alive. It figures they would capture the filthy monkeys alive. I hate monkeys! Anyway, why the grizzly bear and leopards and not the tigers? Oh, I forgot. It was getting dark. There are many questions to ask here. Could they have rounded these animals up by using tranquilizer guns? Could they have used snares? Could they have lured them in with food? I would think so. Warn everyone to stay in their homes and go capture them alive. Don't just kill them. It must have been like the Higgins Pigeon Shoot. There are however a few animals still unaccounted for. A monkey infected with Herpes has not been captured and is assumed still out there or was eaten by a tiger. Yes, you read that right, a monkey infected with Herpes. God only knows how the monkey got Herpes.

The bottom line here is animals died and it did not have to happen. No one should be able to own these types of animals...period. The owner, Terry Thompson had been in trouble with the law for letting animals roam around, for noise violations and animal cruelty. Why did they let his farm stay open? Why didn't they take the animals away from him? Ohio is one of the few states in the U.S. that allows this to happen. Anyone can go buy a tiger in Ohio. There have been 22 incidents involving large animals in Ohio since 2003 including the death of a man who was feeding his bear. My guess would be that Ohio will now get up off their asses to pass legislation concerning what should be wild animals. Let's hope they do so we can prevent this type of senseless slaughter.

The Right To Gripe will be on the road this weekend. I will be heading to our nations capital, Washington D.C. and maybe a tour of the Pentagon. I hope to come back with a few juicy tidbits for you all.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Response To September 15th Flood Gripe

On October 3rd I received this response to my Flood Gripe titled 'Did They Tell Us Everything".

I work for the local government in Luzerne County and I will tell you that the main reason they didn't tell everyone all of the details is because they wanted panic control. If they told everyone the flood was going to be bigger than '72 and given what '72 looked like, there would be much more wide spread panic making evacuation efforts and repair efforts much harder to control. It was for the overall safety that people were not told everything at the time of the flood.

Now as far as the bubbling is concerned. Again most of the those reports were for panic control. When the started to evacuate the remaining Forty-Fort residents during the second incident at the soccer fields, it would have been much more of an effort not only for maintenance crews to come in, but also creating panic for those trying to leave. Same deal with the cemetery incident earlier that morning.

True, there were stress fractures in the levee, but the fractures were not full cracks or leaks by any means. The reason all of that slate and rock were placed there was to simply allow the river pressure to force back onto itself, aiding the preventions of additional stress fractures and the further weakening of the others.

In every flood since the levee was built, there have been minor stress fractures present, all of which are assessed and repaired after the fact.

The only circumstances that made this any different was the how much pressure the river was putting on the levee system. Simply put, more water = more pressure. The levees were designed to take this kind of pressure and the results were expected. Crews were on standby the entire time on both sides of the river waiting for the call to push forward with preventative actions. They knew that the levees would react this way so that should be of no surprise.

Whoever you were, thank you for the response. It is good to hear some inside information. Basically, we do not hear all of the facts because the government officials do not want us to panic. The question here is would the masses panic in this situation? The answer, YES! I always said, "The masses are idiots" and you can rest assure this situation would bring out the idiot in a lot of people. The only problem I have with not telling us everything in this situation is the fact that a large number of morons did not evacuate. Maybe, just maybe if the truth be told, they would have left the flood zone. If these pin heads got caught up in raging flood waters there would have been many rescues to be made and maybe some unfortunate deaths. Of course, for those who didn't evacuate I say, "What were you thinking you bleeding knuckleheads"?

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Prisoner's Lawsuits - WHAT!

I read in the Sunday newspaper about the right of prison inmates to sue in court. Of course, just the thought of that makes me want to explode. Part of the reason our court system is bogged down is because of dumb lawsuits that are being filed by prisoners. Yep, you read that right! Case in point, Shawn Quinnones (pictured on left) and Anthony Gray were housed in the Luzerne County Prison awaiting trial for assaulting a prison guard back in 2007. These two schlep rocks had numerous incidents of misconduct while they were housed in the State Correctional Institute in Dallas and county authorities figured nothing would change over on Water Street. While sitting on ice in the county lockup, Quinnones and Gray filed 4 lawsuits ranging from abuse of procedures by prison personnel to illegal deductions to their personal inmate accounts. They claim that their rights have been violated and something must be done.

All I have to say is WHAT, WHAT, ARE YOU FREAKIN' KIDDING ME! These stupid bastards should have NO RIGHTS once they hit the front door of the prison. They violated the rights of someone on the street and they need to pay the price. Speaking of price, the 10 months these jug heads spent at the county crow bar hotel ended up costing the taxpayers more than $89,000.00 and that does not include the costs just to give them 3 squares and a bed. Of course, these pistol brained idiots are representing themselves in court which means they don't have a snow balls chance in hell of winning. Since 2005, six inmates have filed law suits against Luzerne County at a cost of $127,462 to "We The Taxpayers". In most cases, these suits are worthless in merit, but costly to the county.

The simple fact here is our legal system lets these low life criminals get away with this stuff because they "have rights". We the taxpayers seem to have no rights here when it comes to how our hard earned tax dollars are being spent. I say the hell with this shit! Do you know that prisons actually have law libraries for these bottom feeders of society to use so they can educate themselves on how to bog down the system or to get around the laws that they broke. I say close up the library, turn off the TV, clear out the weight rooms and store their "rights" in a box when they enter the door. I say when you commit a crime you do the time and you lose your rights.

On a side note, Shawn Quinnones is inflicted with AIDS. Just sayin'!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

"Tommy Boy" Under The Microscope

When you enter into politics, you better be ready to slide under the microscope to be looked at close up. Wilkes-Barre Mayor Tom "Tommy Boy" Leighton has avoided the petri dish of politics for several years, but the bulb is hot and a fungus has stared to grow. It appears that Mayor Leighton is being investigated (preliminarily) by The Pennsylvania Ethic's Committee for hiring his children and other relatives to summer positions. Don't get too excited here, its only a preliminary investigation to determine if a full blown one is needed. Anyway, Mayor "Tommy Boy" hired his daughter, niece and nephew to part time summer positions with the city. Since they were hired, all three have resigned their positions. In the past Leighton has hired his other children to similar jobs. This type of hiring practice has gone on forever in our area especially with part time summer jobs. On October 3rd, "Tommy Boy" received a letter from the Pa. State Ethics Committee stating that there was going to be a preliminary investigation into his hiring practices.

Let me tell you folks, I have a few problems with all of this. I bet you think I am going to say that he should be ashamed of himself for hiring his relatives. NOT! To that I say hire away "Tommy Boy"! If you or I were in his position and our daughter, niece and nephew needed a summer job we would all give them one. Hell, it's only a summer job! It's not a $70,000 a year position with the city! Grow up everyone and get with the program. This stuff has been going on in our area and every other area since people were elected to positions in government. I also have a problem with the name of the person who filed the complaint being blacked out on the letter. Mayor Tom has a right to know his accuser as does anyone who is going on trial or being investigated. Remember folks, its election time and there are a few people who want to be Mayor of this god forsaken city. If I was the mayor and they were investigating me I would demand to know who filed the complaint. I would have lawyers on them like "stink on a monkey"! By the way, I hate monkeys! To get back on track, no one has come clean as to who filed the complaint. To that person I say come forward you gutless bastard! If you want to run with the big dogs, you better be ready to get off the porch. I hate anonymous crap, especially around election time.

As far as I'm concerned, if Mayor "Tommy Boy" wants to hire a few relatives to part time summer jobs more power to him. Leighton has been accused in the past of hiring neighborhood people and relatives to 4% of the open positions. No one talks about the other 96%....96%! I think those numbers speak for themselves. It's time to put away the microscope for now and let "Tommy Boy" alone. Let's stop the petty political posturing and get on with it! Let's run a clean election to see who comes out on top....or is it the bottom? Every year I get to toast St. Patrick's Day with the Mayor at Senunas' after the parade. There is no other politician in our area who has bought me a cold one except Mayor Thomas M. Leighton. The fungus growing in the petri dish of politics is not Mayor Leighton, but the gutless, anonymous accusations that usually pop up right before election time.

Sunday, October 2, 2011


The Gripe Doctor was under the weather for a few days and did not have the energy to lay down a Gripe. You know I had to feel like crap because I didn't bitch about something this week. However, it was another week filled with Gripe and you know what that means. YES, it's time to slam down a few Gripe shots to celebrate all of the idiots that we have encountered throughout the week. Set down your shot glass and I will open the bottle to pour you a shot of Gripe. There is nothing like sitting down to tip down a few shots....of Gripe that is!

1. Handicapped People In Jazzy Chairs - This past week I almost hit not one, but two handicapped morons in motorized wheel chairs, AKA: Jazzy Chairs. The first pinhead was on Wyoming Ave in Kingston. This goof ball tooled himself right down a driveway, between two parked cars and into the street. I had to slam on my brakes or him and his chair would have been thrown over the hood of my car. Now because he was in that chair, I just made a slight hand gesture like c'mon, what the hell are you doing? In response, this boob started jawing at me like it was my fault. WHAT! WHAT! ARE YOU FREAKIN' KIDDING ME! If it wasn't for your idiotic move and my quick response you would be dead you freakin' moron. The second incident was on N. Pennsylvania Ave in Wilkes-Barre. I was on my way to work and as I approached the traffic light on N. Penna. Ave and Union St, I see this guy in a Jazzy tooling across Penna. Ave. against the traffic light. As he got into my lane, he totally stopped. He was about 20 yards in front of me which caused me to hit the brakes rather hard. As I sat there, he gave me a dirty look and did not move. Again, ARE YOU FREAKIN' KIDDING ME! Did the stupid bastard run out of power or was he just so screwed up he couldn't work the chair. This I will never know but I am betting on the no power answer. Also, why was he crossing at the intersection against the light? I'll tell you why. These people think they own the planet because they are in a chair. Get real folks, "But you are in that chair, but you are". In case you don't know, that line is from the movie Mommy Dearest. Watch it!

2. NFL vs College - Last night, a few Gripers got together to watch a college football game and a huge debate broke out over the NFL vs College Football. The majority of the group sided with college as a better watch but one of our Gripers could not be convinced. Chris "Strawberry Fields Forever" is a huge NFL fan and fought hard and long for his professionals. However, after further review and a lot of Griping, the play on the field stood and he could not convince the gang of Gripers. By the way, Chris is a Cowboys fan who loves Tony Romo. He also tried to convince us that Tony "Homo" was a good quarterback. Another by the way, Chris is a huge NASCAR fan as well. I think this may sum it all up. There is nothing he can do to convince me that the NFL is nothing but a bunch of spoiled, candy ass, fairy flappin' crooks who are laughing all the way to the bank. These guys in the NFL bitch when they take a hard hit or have to run back a punt. The games are about as predictable as the sun rising in the morning. When was the last time you saw an NFL team run a reverse? NEVER!

3. Bridge Traffic Will Suck - I read in this mornings Sunday Times Leader that the Pierce St. bridge will be taking on some much needed pavement repairs starting tomorrow. The west bound lane will be closed followed by the east bound lane for at least six weeks. I have two thoughts on this. One, it's about freakin' time PennDot fixes this mess. My second thought is why the hell now! The ready to collapse Hotel Sterling has caused trouble for drivers coming over the Market St. bridge due to the City of Wilkes-Barre putting up those useless concrete barriers around the old building. These barriers are blocking one lane on west bound E. Market St and the north bound on River St. Now these pinheads want to close down one lane of the Pierce St. bridge to do paving work. This is going to cause one "cluster fuck" of a traffic problem. In addition, the jug heads at PennDot are working on the Cross Valley west bound between Plains and the Kingston/Forty Fort entrances and exits. I know I can't wait to jump in my car tomorrow morning to drive to work in Wilkes-Barre. I may have to leave tonight to get there on time.

4. An Increase Of Idiot Drivers - Speaking of traffic, is it me or has traffic increased on our roads since the big Flood of 2011. It seems to me that for some reason there are more cars on the roads and more people driving like fools out there. I think the flood waters softened their brains more then they were before causing people to forget how to drive. People are pulling out in front of other people, there is more road rage than normal and more people blowing through stop signs and red lights. Now don't get me wrong here, I have been known to fly into a good road rage now and then. However, they have little blue pills that help with that. When you go out in the car you feel like you are going on a Jihad suicide mission. Wake up you stupid bastards.

I am now drunk with Gripe from my Gripe shots and ready to go out to take on the real world to collect more Gripe. I would like all of you to take a look at this weeks Poll Question and let me know What The Hell You Think about my idea of holding a GRIPE FEST at one of our local establishments. I think it could be a Gripin' Blast!