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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
I have been saying it all along and now it is official. The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Area is #1 in the Least Happiest People. According to a recent study done by the University of British Columbia's Vancouver School of Economics, the WB/S area has the most miserable people in the entire United States of America based on a population of 1million plus. Two other Pennsylvania areas cracked the top 10, Erie was number 3 and Johnstown was number 6. Don't get me going on Johnstown and the Flood Tax of 1919. So three out of the top 10 were in the Keystone state. All 10 unhappy areas hail from cold weather climates. The Southern and Western states had no cities in the top 10. Also states like North and South Dakota, Minnesota, Idaho and other Midwestern states were also not in the top 10. There goes your cold weather theory right out the door.
Let me just say that I am not surprised by Wilkes Barre/Scranton being on the top of this list. We have the biggest bunch of no good, miserable sons of bitches on the planet. We have a bunch of low life welfare recipients here, a boat load of alleged disabled folks who think they are entitled to everything for free and a multitudes of senior citizens who are just plain nasty. We also have the most miserable people who think everyone is trying to either rip them off or get one up on them. The people of our area just plain SUCK! The Valley with a Heart has turned into The Valley with a Hard On. You say hello to a stranger on the street and they either look down or grunt and click a response. Who the hell knows what they are doing. In general we are a very unfriendly people here.
Along with all of this, let's pile on the City of WB with 13 murders in one year, our politicians right down to the judges are corrupt and everybody and their brother is stealing from charities. Also, taxes keep going up and the towns keep instituting new fee's to blow because of their fiscal irresponsibility. The area is a mess. In the famous words of Jack Nicholson as The Joker, "The town needs an enema". I say an enema with Prozac or maybe napalm.
Over the past several weeks I have been getting quite a few Gripers checking in with news stories that really tick them off. Of course I am unable to post on all of them, however this is one that really got my dander up. This came over from Chris "Strawberry" Fields
As most of you know, I am not a real big Obama fan. I am kind of indifferent to what he is doing in Washington only because I know our government is bogged down in partisan politics. Both the republicans and the democrats have drawn lines in the sand and refuse to give and take an inch. One of the current hot topics in Washington and around the country is the increased influx of illegal immigrant children pouring over the boarder. These children are trying to sneak into the U.S. without their parents. First off, what the hell is going on here? The kids are trying to slide in without parents! Are the parents dead? Are they already here? Are these kids from orphanages? Nobody seems to really know what is going on here.
To top this off, President Obama just awarded a $50 million contract to a charitable group, Baptist Child & Family Services, so they can buy a Texas hotel and transform it into a 600 bed facility for illegal alien children. WHAT! WHAT! ARE YOU FREAKIN' KIDDING ME! The BCFS will take the Palm Aire Hotel and Suites in Weslaco, Texas and turn it into a temporary holding center for these illegal kids. They plan on hiring 650 employees to work at this new center. You may be saying, "Well what's wrong with that"? They can employ 650 more people while taking care of these poor kids that just went through hell and back to get into the U.S.
Let me tell you what is wrong with this. This new facility will have the 600 beds along with an Olympic sized swimming pool, tennis courts, a steam room, jacuzzi s, racquetball courts and a workout room. To top it off, some of the jobs here will pay up to $45.00 per hour. HOLY CRAP! The democrats claim that this facility is needed to keep potential disease transmission under control by having medical staff
and psychological treatment workers will on site. The average length
of stay for the youths will be between the ages of 12 and 17 is fifteen days.
After I read this story I felt like I just got kicked in the taxpayers testicles. I thought I may have seen my wallet open up on its own and dollar bills fly out the window. It just amazes me as to how much money the United States pays to help people from other countries. We spend, spend, spend while the people in this country are unemployed and eating in soup kitchens. We actually have U.S. citizens who are starving and have no idea where their next meal is coming from. We have people without health care and people without a roof over their heads. Instead of helping these folks out, we spend money on others like we are printing it. Hey, wait a minute, we are printing it.
The Bottom line here is that our government needs to stop being the charity one stop shop for the rest of the world. It's time we take care of our own and stop worrying about everyone else. As for these illegal immigrant kids, they need to go back to their countries. I know it sounds cold hearted, but America is busting from the seams with immigrants. Our country cannot sustain itself with the population size we currently have. As it grows, things will become worse. There will not be enough jobs, there will not be enough housing and crime will continue to rise at an alarming level. It's time for our President along with Congress to make some real tough decisions.
This story came over from one of our enraged Gripers, Timmy "PA Juggulo" who saw it on Times Leader.com.
WILKES-BARRE — A Duryea woman is suing a Dallas animal farm, claiming
she was bitten in the buttocks during a visit to the property last
year. Kingston attorney Carl Guagliardo filed the suit in Luzerne County Court on behalf of Alicia Ciminelli. According
to the suit, Ciminelli visited Blue Chip Farms Animal Refuge on Aug. 6
to return a cat, and employees were aware she would be coming to the
farm for that purpose. When Ciminelli went back into her car
to retrieve paperwork for the cat, a dog owned by the defendants “ran
behind her and attacked her, violently biting her in the left buttock
area,” the suit says. Ciminelli claims one count of
negligence, alleging that the owners failed to restrain the dog, and did
not warn her of potential danger — even though they knew or should have
known the dog had a propensity to attack, according to the suit.
Ciminelli is seeking unspecified damages for physical pain, mental anguish and loss of income.
Let me just say, "WHAT, WHAT, ARE YOU FREAKIN' KIDDING ME!" You filthy, greedy son of a bitch! Who the hell would sue a non profit no kill animal shelter? This stuff makes me sick. I just threw up all over the kitchen table. If I were the judge here I would open the trial, ask this greedy nut job if she was breathing and then slam the gavel and tell her to get the hell out of my court room. The Blue Chip was good enough to take her cat but when a dog chomped down on her fat ass she now wants to sue. Maybe the dog thought her left hemisphere was a tasty rump roast so he took a taste. Who knows. The bottom line here is that this Alicia Ciminelli is looking to make a quick buck on taking a nip on the ass globe. Yea, the dog bit her. But c'mon, mental anguish? I guess she can no longer twerk like she used to.
Here we go again. The latest figures are out and it looks like the area school taxes are on the rise again this year. Our idiotic governor Tom Corbett reluctantly signed the states fiscal budget which gave the schools a good idea of how much funding they will get for the year. "Slice and Dice" Corbett did increase funding to schools, but not as much as he promised. This sent the local school districts into a panic state since the funding was a bit slight. If you remember, Corbett "sliced and diced" the funding to schools when he took office which led to a hefty rise in school taxes. Now that it's an election year, Corbett did a turn about and threw out some money to try to bolster his failing campaign. Of course, its not enough so the taxpayers will now take on an average school tax increase of about 3%. Some districts are higher and of course some are lower.
Leading the way with the largest increase is Northwest Area. They are whacking the residents a whopping 4.8%. In addition to whacking the people with a high tax increase, the school district will furlough 4 teachers and lay off another 2. Northwest area is in such financial disarray, they may be on the brink of being declared a distressed school district. It seems to me that they may need a better financial person steering that sinking ship. Coming in second is the Hazleton school district with a 3.8% increase followed by Wyoming Area at 3.2%. Believe it or not, Hanover Area will not be increasing their school taxes. Way to go Hanover!
The bottom line here is, how much more can "We The People" be taxed? Right now more than 33% of our hard earned pay is gone for taxes. What we get from this taxation also seems to be less and less. If you think about it, the state funding for our schools comes from taxes. On top of this, we have to pay a school tax. It's a double whammy to the old pocket book. I think it's time to evaluate these big union teacher salaries. It's time to trim down their health care to match what everyone else in the business world has. No more Cadillac of health care with no co-pays. Let's base pay raises on performance and not simply because they belong in the union. In some cases the teachers union breeds mediocrity which leads to poor education. Oh, by the way, to all you history teachers out there, Columbus did not discover America. Yes, we are still teaching that in some classrooms.
Happy Birthday America. It's the 4th of July holiday weekend and all Americans are celebrating the birth of our great nation. The founding fathers along with the colonists gave up their lives to fight the tyranny of England and King George III. The entire war was basically about freedom to make choices. It was about taxation without representation. It was all about being under the thumb of Great Britain. Our history books teach us about the Boston Tea Party, George Washington crossing the Delaware in the freezing cold and British General Cornwallis surrender at Yorktown. With the colonists victory came the shame to the British. How could they have been defeated by a rag tag bunch of misfits? The 13 colonies had no real government, no real army, no bank, no finances and no central treasury to fund the war. This was the biggest case of David versus Goliath. This band of revolutionaries led by George Washington had slain the great army of Britain. No one else in the world had been able to do this, PERIOD! The pure desire to be free led the Americans to victory. Desire, a dangerous element if you are trying to suppress it.
I look back on this today and wonder, "Are our founding fathers spinning in their graves"? Our great nation has become what our early settlers despised. We are taxed out the yin yang, crime is running rampant and Washington is a disgrace. Sure, we have representation in Washington, or do we? Our representatives in the House and the Senate continue to plunge the government into chaos. Our state and local government representatives continue to add tax after tax to make up for their poor decisions which have cast our towns into a financial def-con 1. Our politicians continue to take high salaries while our people sink lower and lower into poverty. Industry continues to move out of the U.S. for cheaper labor countries like China and India. Unemployment continues to rise as does the number of people on the welfare ranks. As all of this unfolds, thousands of illegal aliens pour over the borders every day which compounds these issues 10 fold. The United States of America is sliding into the fiscal abyss and no one in government seems to give the proverbial "Rat's Ass"!
Instead of making hard decisions, the government gets us bogged down into useless wars in the middle east that cost us trillions and trillions of dollars. We hand out billions of dollars to numerous countries in the form of aid. Many of these countries hate our guts, but we still give them aid. While we spend, spend, spend, the value of the American dollar drops internationally. How can we give out money we really don't have? Why are we not cutting off this charity pipeline so we help our own people. While the money spigot is open to full, our roads and bridges deteriorate to unsafe levels. More people than ever are living in the streets wondering where their next meal will come from. The Democrats blame the Republicans and visa-verse. They worry about throwing blame left and right but never come up with any answers. The fact is the government has us right where they want us. Under the thumb of tyranny. Sounds familiar doesn't it.
As crime runs rampant, the police are too worried about seat belts and DUI's. Checkpoints were set up all over the valley this weekend to check for unbuckled belts and drunk drivers. Instead of closing drug houses the police are patrolling for teens who my be speeding a bit or changing lanes without a blinker. Instead of patrolling the streets in cars or on foot, they sit in stationary places waiting for someone to glide through a stop sign or yellow light. It appears that as the crime rate rises, we place fewer and fewer police on the streets due to fiscal distress. Our leaders are allowing an all out criminal assault to go unchecked. Drug dealers from New York and Philly pour into the area to peddle their crap to our citizens. While here, they murder people without remorse as if it is part of the job. It's like the Wild, Wild West and it appears that it will only get worse.
Does the great United States of America have it's issues? You bet. However, she is still the greatest nation on this small planet of ours. I am not sure that I would want to live anywhere else. I have the freedom to write this blog that bashes our government representatives from all levels. If I lived in Russia or China, I would have been rounded up a long time ago and sent to Siberia or put in a prison camp. As I look at all of the fireworks, I think about how lucky I am to be an American. I just hope that our representatives can get together to come up with a plan to keep this nation great. If they don't, let's get people in there that can and will. "We The People" have the freedom to vote better people in who have the best interest of The People in mind with every decision. It's up to all of us to stay "GREAT"!
I am sick and tired of these DUI Checkpoints. I see that the PA State Police just got done with what they called Operation Nighthawk. Yea, they even give them names. I always thought that this was entrapment. Now, I'm not saying that you should get all mangled up and then get behind the wheel, that's what cabs and Uber's are for. What I don't like is you have two or three beers and you are cuffed and treated worse than a murderer. Hell, anymore if you open a beer and take a smell of it you are considered over the limit. Let's stop the bull shit and concentrate on the drug dealers who are flowing into our area to sell their crap. Lay off the poor guy or gal that goes for a few drinks with their friends and is totally capable of operating a vehice.
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This week's award goes to this road crew for their placement of detour signs. Which way is the detour? Thanks to Bob W. for submitting this picture.
The police line-up for the ass crack murderer.
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