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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!







Thursday, December 26, 2013

Kwanzaa

 
In jest this morning my sister-in-law, pigeon sister #3 wished my a Happy Kwanzaa.  Of course I wished her one back and sat down to drink my morning coffee.  As I sat drinking my Jamaica Me Crazy Java, I started to ponder on this Kwanzaa Holiday thing.  What did I actually know about Kwanzaa?  For sure I know that it is some sort of African-American holiday.  What else do I know?  NOTHING was the answer.  After 2.8 seconds, I fired up my laptop so I could do some real research on Kwanzaa.  Here is what I came up with.


Kwanzaa is celebrated by the African-American community from December 26th to January 1st every year.  Established by Maulana Karenga in 1966, Kwanzaa is a holiday that honors African heritage and celebrates family, community, and culture. It takes its name from the phrase "matunda ya kwanza," which in Swahili means "first fruits."  Not to be confused with hakuna matatta from the Lion King.  Kwanzaa's origin lies in the 1960s civil rights and Black Freedom movements, and is a way of commemorating the African heritage of black Americans whose ethnic history was stripped away by the slave trade. Swahili is the most widely spoken African language, and was thus chosen as the language of Kwanzaa's principles.  According to Karenga, "Kwanzaa was created to reaffirm and restore our rootedness in African culture." It is a cultural rather than religious holiday, and can be celebrated regardless of a person's faith tradition.  "First fruits" celebrations date back to ancient Egypt and Nubia, and commemorate the harvest.
The Unity Cup

So what do people do during Kwanzaa?  Well, it appears that true revelers gather during Kwanzaa to light the kinara, a candle holder with seven candles in the colors of red, black, and green. The black candle is placed in the center and used to light the other flames from left to right. Together, the candles are called the mishuuma saba, and they represent the Seven Principles.  Other traditions include the kikombe cha umoja, or Unity Cup, which is used to pour libations in honor of ancestors departed.  Songs and dances are a popular way of celebrating Kwanzaa. "Lift Every Voice And Sing," also known as the Black National Anthem, is a song that celebrates the struggles and triumphs of black Americans.  So there you have it, Kwanza 101 condensed down into 2 paragraphs.  An interesting holiday to say the least.
 So what's The Bottom Line here?  It appears to me that it is a compilation of Christmas and Hanuka combined into one week of celebration.  I especially like toasting libations to deceased loved ones.  I would be half in the bag by noon on the first day.  I think the big question here is can white folks celebrate Kwanzaa?  The answer is kinda!  Even though you may not have African heritage, you can celebrate Kwanzaa.  It is meant to pull communities together.  However, I am guessing that if a lily white Irishman like myself would wander into the black community dressed in a Dashiki suit it may turn some heads as well as some .45 revolvers.  I just can't seem to decide if this Kwanzaa is legit or just something made up to throw into the December mix of holidays.  For most of us we scoff and chuckle when we hear Kwanzaa.  On paper, Kwanzaa sounds like a great holiday.  In principle I just wonder if anyone actually celebrates it the correct way???
Holy shit, I forgot that it's Boxing Day in Canada!        

  

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas or Should I Say Gripemas

As our family opened presents this morning, I could not help but to hearken back to December 2009 when I lost it on a package that I needed a jack-hammer to open.  I sat and chuckled as my family members struggled to get past heat sealed plastic, multiple twist ties and of course the plastic straps that hold items in their boxes.  I kept saying to myself, "They are sealed for our protection".  Actually it is an outrage the way these things are packaged.  One gift took 15 minutes to get out of the package.  Hell, I had to go get my tool kit out pry the thing out.  I almost called 911 for the jaws of life.  It was easier getting King Tut out of his tomb.  A baby is born easier.   

Not being able to open a gift started it all 4 years ago right around this time of the year.  The Right To Gripe was born.  After 333 Gripes and 57,157 web hits, the R2G is still here and Griping.  We have complained about national, state and local news and sports, added multiple side features and even have a guest columnist, Mr. Pissed Off.  We have come a long way in 4 years.  So where do we go from here.  Many of our readers have had some good ideas.  One reader thinks we should do a video Gripe.  Another thinks we should do live remotes from locations that really tick us off.  And the ultimate idea of holding a Gripefest every year at a local establishment.  All great ideas.

Over the past 2 or 3 months I have not been very diligent in posting up my Gripes.  I assure you that I have not run short on things to go "ape" on.  The world is full of idiotic people and believe you me they will keep us entertained.  For some reason I just thought about WB Mayor Tom Leighton bragging to the media about how crime was down in "his city".  Ha!  Thirteen murders in less than 12 full months.  I think he must have been ingesting those magic mushrooms that he picks up in Exeter.  Speaking of Exeter, the authorities finally raided Magical Gardens Head Shop.  What the hell have they been waiting for?  See, there is plenty of fodder to Gripe about.

To all my readers, thank you for coming to my blog.  I hope to keep you entertained throughout 2014.  I encourage you to Gripe about things that tick you off and please Gripe often.  I would say Happy Holidays but this would send me into orbit.  Merry Christmas, Happy Hanuka and to all a Happy and Joyous New Year.     

Friday, December 20, 2013

Hillbilly Invasion

The Gator Boys
I have to tell you, every night as I sit and scroll through the multitude of worthless channels on TV and wonder what the hell am I doing.  As I flip through the listing, I have noticed a disturbing trend in the shows.  I have noticed that hillbillies are the new craze.  Yes, hillbillies!  There is Hillbilly Handfishing, Swamp People, Hillbilly Blood, Swamp People, Call of the Wildman, Lizard Lick Towing, Redneck Island, Honey Boo Boo and the ever so popular Duck Dynasty.  Why this show is so popular I do not know.  In fact all of these make me sick.  I just can't wrap my head around why they are so popular.  I think it's the fact that a bunch of slack jawed country bumpkins run around looking like total idiots and doing things that no normal human being would think of doing.  For example, the Swamp People fly around in boats deep into the swamps to wrestle and catch alligators.  No way cousin Verne, I'm not doing that.  You also have that toothless moron Ernie "The Turtleman" Brown Jr diving into muddy ponds to scoop out large snapping turtles with his bare hands.  He also catches Raccoons, gators, woodchucks and the every popular skunk.  Both barrels, Bam! Bam!  Yep, he has taken more than one skunk bath.   

Hollywood Hillbillies
New to the prime time lineup of hillbilly shows this season will be Hollywood Hillbillies.  This family of low brow in breads move to Hollywood to experience the life style of the rich and famous.  It appears that their exploits will rival only a kid hitting the gifts under the Christmas.  In the previews, the grandmother Delores Hughes, other wise known as Mema actually goes to a hair salon to get a makeover.  I wonder why the EPA was present?  Does this shtick sound familiar?  It should.  It is an updated version of our old favorite The Beverley Hillbillies.  Instead, these mud puppies from rural Georgia go to Hollywood where they appal everyone they encounter with their backwoods ignorance.  It may actually be a riot to watch this one.

The question here though is why are these shows so popular?  I myself cannot imagine other than the thrill that viewers get watching these mental midgets plow their way through life oblivious to the real world that exists around them.  Once they hit intelligent society, they cease to function so they revert back to their caveman existence.  What irritates me the most is the fact that these bumpkins are going to make a boat load of money on their Hillbilly Hijinks's.  Why didn't I think of this first?  I think my next move will be to direct and produce a show called The Coalbillies of Plymouth.  This too would be a classic example of toothless, ill dressed. English language butchers roaming Main Street on foot or in their beat up 1978 pick up trucks.  Of course the trucks will be painted in primer black.  I think this would be a hit!  Could you imaging two big toothless women in tight tank tops fist fighting down on Main Street by the old Red Subs.  Classic I tell you, CLASSIC!