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THE RIGHT TO GRIPE

I had to do it! I had to create a blog so you and I could gripe about all of "The Crap" that we encounter everyday in our lives. Believe me, there is plenty! You can now come to this blog to Gripe because you have the right to do so. Over time, we will Gripe about topics ranging from sports to politics to just about all of the garbage that happens around us. When you Gripe, you can add your name or not. It's your right! You can vent any way you want. Use foul language if you are angry enough to and if you are offended, just Gripe It! Hell, we have been banned from Facebook twice! You can Gripe about people, places and things. The only thing I ask is if you are going to Gripe about someone and you use their name, make sure you have the facts straight or say it's your opinion. Otherwise they will sue your and my ass off! It's your RIGHT TO GRIPE! You can respond to one of our Gripes or you can lay down your own Gripe. It's easy. To post your own Gripe just email it to therighttogripe@hotmail.com and we will get it on. You can also post a Gripe on our Facebook page. Just search The Right To Gripe. If you don't want to write it down, just click on one of the boxes below each Gripe to give your opinion. You can also become an official "Griper". All you need to do is "Sign Up" and create an account. IT'S FREE! So, don't sit back and take it, just GRIPE IT!







Tuesday, May 28, 2013

A Two Wheeled Revelation

On Monday morning I sat down at the kitchen table with a nice hot cup of coffee and opened the newspaper (The Times Leader) to start a relaxing holiday.  As I moved through the pages I got to 5A and there I had a epiphany.  I had a revelation so strong that it was like Moses himself descending from the mountain with the 10 Commandments.  It was an awakening to state government so abrupt that it slapped me in the face like a whore on Friday night.   The headline of the story read, "Deaths of bikers up since Pa. law repeal.  You see, more than 10 years ago, Pennsylvania lawmakers in Harrisburg decided to give motorcycle drivers the option to wear a helmet.  If you are 21 years or older and have 2 years of riding experience you can toss the helmet to the side and go with your bare cranium as you cruise over the Cross Valley at 65 miles per hour.  Since that time, motorcycle related deaths have increased by 35%.  Last year alone 210 people died in accidents and only 100 of them were actually wearing a helmet.  That is less than 50%. One hundreds and four were not and 6 were undetermined.  Undetermined?  How can that be?

Anyway, once I read this story my eyes were opened up as to how stupid and hypocritical our politicians in Harrisburg are.  Let me give you an example.  If I jump in my car to run down the corner to grab a coffee, I have to be strapped into a seat belt like John Glenn was as he was launched into space.  However, if I ride unprotected on a motorcycle I do not have to wear a helmet.  Where is the logic in this?  I'll tell you where, up somebody's backside.  The bottom line here is that the lobbyist group Alliance of Bikers Aimed Toward Education fought hard in the state capital to get the helmet law repealed.  They threw a boat load of cash the way of our state senators especially Democrat John Wozniak of Johnston County who sponsored this insane bill.  Wozniak also states that he does not see this trend in not wearing helmets reverse anytime soon since there has been no movement in this direction.

Let me just say this.  The bottom line here is, I cannot believe that people would be dumb enough not to wear a helmet when riding a motorcycle.  It simple puzzles the crap out of me.  What also baffles me is the fact that people driving cars must legally wear a seat belt or the get fined out the wazoo.  It just does not compute.  As Mr. Spock would say, "It is illogical".  I just don't get it.  Maybe if I jumped on a crotch rocket and tore ass down the street at 60 miles per hour with the wind blowing across my bald skull I would understand.  However, the fear that I may take a tumble and scramble my brains all over the pavement tells me not to.  Helmet or scrambled brains?  I guess the choice is ours?    

  

Saturday, May 25, 2013

GRIPE SHOTS

For all of you who were wondering why I have not Griped in some time, I have to let you know that I went under the surgical knife about a week ago.  However, I am now back in action and ready to Gripe.  In fact, I have so much Gripe built up in my inner soul that I think it's time to pull up a stool, holler for my favorite Gripetender and get ready to toss down some Gripe Shots.  In fact, I am so filled with Gripe, that I am going to buy the first round for the entire room.  This first shot is to all of the screw ups by Luzerne County during the past primary election this past Tuesday.  Hang on to your hats because here we go...

Walter Griffith
Election day just came and went and let me tell you that the voters are idiots. Only in Luzerne County could a person who is up on felony wiretap charges be elected to represent his party in the November general election.  Current LC Controller Walter Griffith defeated Karen Ceppa-Hirko in a landslide to win the Republican primary.  WHAT!  WHAT!  ARE YOU FREAKIN' KIDDING ME!  The state attorney general’s office charged Griffith last Friday with illegally recording three conversations without the consent of at least eight people, arrest papers showed.  So let me get this straight, this clown is charged with felony wire tap but still wins in a landslide in the primary.  Way to go morons!

Where's The Web Page?
Speaking of the election, Luzerne County scored and A+ in total inefficiency on election night.  Right around 8:30pm, glitches in the County Web Site were reported which quickly spun into a giant technological meltdown for workers and managers with the county's bureau of elections.  Things got so tense over at the county Taj Mahal that an election chairman was heard scolding Eyewitness News for inquiring, barking: "We're trying to run a friggin' election here."  Should he have said we are trying to run an election here or was it trying to rig an election here?  Why do I think it was the latter of the two.  As the night went on things got worse.  Our Einsteins over at the courthouse had to regroup and call the Audio Visual Department of West Side Tech to put up a projector in the rotunda.  In all, the county web site was down for about 90 minutes.  It finally came back up at about 10:45pm or just in time for the tallies to be completed.  All I have to say is, "What a joke!"

How did he get on the ballot?
Finally, the pin headed nit wits over at the Luzerne County Election Bureau failed to notify two neighboring counties of the withdrawal of a Hazleton Area School Board candidate.  Steven Hahn, an incumbent from Sugar Loaf Township filed a nomination petition to retain his position but then later withdrew just hours before the deadline.  Still, his name appeared on the ballot in Carbon and Schuykill counties where he tallied 552 votes.  Election Bureau solicitor Michael Butera said, "We took him off here but we didn't notify the other counties". No kidding dip stick!  This screw up may result in the results being thrown out and a re-election to taker place.  Of course I would think it would be on the dollar of the taxpayers.

There you have it, elections as usual here in Luzerne County.  Messed up web site, screwed up machines, people all jazzed up and total miscommunication all around.  Wasn't everything supposed to get better once we had the County "Clown Posse" Council in place.  May that was an ill conceived idea?

     

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Chatting With Mimmo

I stopped into Mimmo's pizza on Public Square the other day to chow down on a few cuts.  While waiting for my slices I engaged in a conversation with the owner Mark Bronsburg.  After a few seconds of idle chit chat, the talk turned to why the city of Wilkes-Barre was cutting down all of the trees on the north side of the Square and down E. Market St.?  Mark informed me that the city is replacing all of the sidewalks like they did on the opposite side of the Square.  The only difference is that the jug heads from the city are not going to configure the parking the same way.  You see, on the West side of Public Square the parking is facing the businesses which allows for more spots.  On the Mimmo's Pizza side they are not going to do that.  This has business owners like Bronsburg are baffled and ticked off.  "It doesn't make and sense at all.  By changing the parking to the way it is across the way will allow for more parking which means more business.  I guess the city doesn't care about us business owners on this side!"

Mark, you are so right!  The cement heads in Wilkes-Barre's City Hall only care about one thing, lining their greasy pockets with cha-ching.  These idiots couldn't plan a one man Chinese Fire Drill on a dead end street.  As both Mark and I noticed, there is plenty of room to change the parking set up to accommodate more spots.  Why they don't do it is way beyond me.  However, I have a guess.  The other side of Pubic Square (not a typo) has all of the bars and night clubs.  These businesses the city cares about because they can rake in the tax dollars.  Also, politically connected Frankie Rodano has his pizza place there.  Don't get me wrong here, I am friends with Frankie and I am not bashing him.  All I am saying is the squeaky wheel gets all of the grease.  Politics as usual here in NEPA.  Anyway, it looks like Wilkes-Barre got some casino money to fix the sidewalks which is a long time coming.  I give them a one thumb up for that, but another thumb down for not using their pea sized brains to do it right.       

Saturday, May 4, 2013

A Griper is Replused

I got a message of Facebook from one of our Gripers and I felt compelled to post it here and of course respond to it.  This comes from Chris "Strawberry" Fields Forever.  A little background on Chris, he is a faithful Griper who can complain with the best of them.  Believe me, we have Griped together for hours on end.  However, he is a dedicated Republican who worships Ronald Reagan and the Bush family.  His response is to the picture to the left that he saw on Facebook.



THIS is FUCKIN' REPULSIVE,SHOWS where HER priorities ARE!  Some obscure QUEEN comes out of the closet & is VENERATED, while a WAR HERO is SIMPLY IGNORED...REPUGNANT,DISGUSTING & DISGRACEFUL!

Not sure why the President would call this guy or why Michelle Obama would tweet this player, but I guess that is their business and not anybody else's.  Maybe they actually knows this guy.  The fact that NBA player Jason Collins came out of the closet is huge.  He is the first professional athlete to publicly announce that he is gay.  It was a monumental moment in sports.  As for the wars, just remember one thing, your hero's the Bush Whackers started these useless wars in the first place. What is repulsive to me is their decision to send our troops in harms way for absolutely NOTHING!  Also, I'm sure the Obama family has acknowledged our war hero's thousands of times.  Unfortunately they cannot contact this hero because he is no longer with us.  Chris Kyle was killed at a shooting range by a fellow soldier who suffered from post war traumatic stress syndrome.  Thanks go out to "W" and his pappy. 

The bottom line here is this, was Chris Kyle a war hero?  He was a sniper in the Navy Seals who is single handily responsible for killing dozens of enemy soldiers.  I would venture to guess if you had asked him he would say he was just doing his job.  Most of the Navy Seals would utter those same words if asked.  However, he was not killed in battle and therefore was not sent a condolence letter from Obama.  Just an FYI, the White House sends out a condolence letter to the families of all of our slain military members.  Each letter is personally signed by President Obama.  The question here is should President Obama have acknowledged this veterans death and the death of any veterans who are now in the private sector?  You can answer that question yourself.    

Another Water Rate Increase

Here we go again.  The Pennsylvania American Water Company has filed a request with the spineless PUC to increase their water rates.  The are requesting an overall increase of $58.6 million per year.  This works out to about $52 to $58 more per month for residential customers, $231 to $254 for commercial users and $3600 to $3850 for industrial customers.  The P.A.W. claims that they have invested about $112.3 million on systems improvements which include a newly constructed 1 million gallon water storage tank in Pittston Twp. and a new 400,000 gallon tank in Newton Twp.  Over the past several years they say that they have invested $731 million to improve service, water quality and environmental protection.  They also claim that they have replaced aging and undersized water mains, upgraded valves and pumping stations and installed new fire hydrants.  If the PUC passes this increase, it will take effect as of June 29, 2013.

To this I say, "WHAT, WHAT, ARE YOU FREAKIN' KIDDING ME"!  I can't even drink the chemical laden water that comes out of my tap.  The liquid crap that spews from my faucet smells and tastes like pool water.  It is tainted with a variety of chemicals that either will kills us directly or riddle us with enough cancer to do the job.  Who the hell are these greedy clowns trying to kid.  What they are trying to do is line the pockets of their executives with more dough, re, me.  If the PUC or Pubic Useless Commission had enough guts they would throw the Pennsylvania American Water Company representatives right out of the hearing on their asses.  These greedy vultures claim that they have done all this work to improve our water quality.  Do they think we are stupid!  Every time I take a shower I have to lather up my entire body with lotion because their water turns my skin as dry as a desert.  I'm just about ready to join a freak show as the alligator man.  I can't even wear a black shirt because it looks like it snowed due to my dried out hide.

If this increase goers through we should all refuse to pay our bills.  We should storm the PA American Water Company office and rip the places apart.  I don't know if I can take any more increases in my utility bills.  I recommend that all of you contact the PUC by calling 1-800-692-7380.  You can also request an official complaint form by writing to the Pennsylvania Utility Commission, Post Office Box 3265, Harrisburg, PA 17105-3265 or by going to their web site at www.puc.state.pa.us.  GOOD LUCK!  You will need it.