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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!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Luzerne County Pay Raises

The chaotic state of Luzerne County was dealt a blow to their pocketbook this past week.  The county now needs to come up with more than a half million dollars to cover raises for 3 nearly finalized union contracts.  These insane raises will be dished out to 480 union employees and will total $538,000 after healthcare savings.  The new contracts cover unionized prison employees, assistant district attorneys and public defenders and a multitude of workers in the residual union, including 911 telecommunicators, security guards, maintenance crews and other support staffers in various offices.  All three of these unions have been working under contracts that expired the end of 2013, and none will receive raises for 2014.  Poor babies, no raises for 2014.  It breaks my heart.....NOT!  County Manager Robert Lawton announced these raises but also said that the county saved $115,000 in healthcare concessions.  Wait a minute, a $538,000 in raises versus a $115,000 savings in healthcare?  This does not add up to anything good to me.  If my math is correct, the pin heads from the county just lost $423,000.  I guess they must be using some other type of math so it doesn't look so bad.   Lawton told reporters that about $840,000 of the $42 million earmarked for payroll can be tapped for the union raises because the county typically has a 2-percent position vacancy rate due to delays replacing employees who leave, Lawton told council.

Here is a breakdown of these raises and my thoughts.

• Prison —2.5-percent raises this year and 2 percent in 2017 and 2018. Instead of a raise, workers will receive 2.5-percent bonuses that are not permanently added to their base salaries in 2016.  The compensation of corrections officers ranges from $28,155 to $56,311, according to the county’s position report. A 2.5-percent increase would be $704 at the low end and $1,408 on the high. 
(This reminds me of an NFL contract laced with incentive bonuses.  This is nothing more than a smoke and mirrors show to deflect what the real % of increase is.  I can bet that all of the employees will make their bonus)

• Assistant district attorneys/public defenders — 2015, 3 percent; 2016 and 2017, 3.25 percent; and 2018, 4 percent.
The salaries of most full-time assistant district attorneys range from $40,000 to $52,300, which equates to raises from $1,200 to $1,569 this year, county records show. The compensation for full-time assistant public defenders runs from $40,000 to $64,550, records show.
(I'm really confused here?  The public defenders make more money on the high end than the assistant district attorney's?  No wonder the joke around the county is you can get away with murder in Luzerne County.  Shouldn't the D.A.'s make more that the public defenders?  I say give the D.A.'s office all of the money and make the P.D.'s fend for themselves.)

• Residual — 2015, 2.5 percent; and 2016 and 2017, 2 percent. 
( I can only assume this mysterious category is for the remainder of the union people covered under these contracts.  When it comes to government I really am skeptical of generalities when it comes to money.  What I do know is these workers are getting a 2.5% raise in 2015 and 2% in 2016 and 2017.) 

The bottom line here is the county needs to dump these unions and come into the real world.  These workers have been milking the teat of the taxpayers for as long as I can remember and it has to stop.  As I write the Gripe, I have a tube of KY next to me because you can bet our taxes are going up.  How else will the county nimrods be able to fund these raises.  I for one am sick and tired of getting bent over and jammed with increased taxes.  My pay does not go up to compensate for added expenses and my guess is neither does the pays for most people working in the private sector.  It's business as usual over at the courthouse on River Street.  I think it's time to hang the closed for business sign on the door and cleanse the halls of the mismanaged government.   

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Gripe Shots

I have not had a chance lately to throw up some Gripe.  You know how it goes, work, work work makes the R2G a dull boy.  Well, I have had enough.  You see Gripe has been building up and I need to relax.  When this build up of Gripe comes, I know it is time to pull up the old stool and summon the Gripetender.  It is time to throw back a few to get things off my chest.  Yep, you got that right.  It is time for a few Gripe Shots.  So why don't you join me so we can lay do

Pennsylvania's new Governor, Tom "The Wolfman" Wolf has been in office for about a month and a half and he is already ticking me off.  The Wolfman announced yesterday that he is putting a moratorium on the states death penalty laws.  He is waiting for a report from the Pennsylvania Task Force and Advisory Commission on Capital Punishment.  My hand just cramped up typing out this commissions full name.  In a memorandum The Wolfman stated that while governors have signed more than 400 death warrants since the death penalty was reinstated nearly 40 years ago only 3 people have actually been executed.  WHAT!  WHAT!  ARE YOU FREAKIN' KIDDING ME!  Only 3 people have been strapped into the power chair and zapped!  That's insane!  Why have the death penalty if you are not going to fry these murdering bastards?  I'll tell you why.  People are getting sick and tired of forking over tax dollars to keep murders behind bars.  Some will say, "What if they are innocent and we put them to death"?  I say one appeal and if the verdict is still guilty drag them down the hall and flip the power switch.  Criminals will think twice about killing someone if this were the case.

Last night a few professional Gripers got together to have a few beers and a couple of cuts of pizza.  Of course talk turned to the Middle East and then eventually to the recent murders in Raleigh, North Carolina.  Three UNC students were shot dead by 46 year old Craig Steven Hicks.  The reason for the shooting is still unknown but rumors say it was either over a book or a parking space.  The caveat to this shooting is the victims were Muslims.  Of course this has the international community in an uproar.  The Secretary General of the United Nations along with Jordan's Ambassador are joining others around the work decrying the shootings.  Wait a minute here.  Yes, any act of murder is a terrible thing, but why is the spineless U.N. making statements?  When people of other religions are murdered, they don't make statements.  They made this statement because most of the countries around this world are gutless.  Period!  If 3 Catholic, Protestant or Jewish students were murdered there would be a front page story in the Raleigh paper as well as others in the surrounding community.  It would not be a world story.  This actually makes me want to puke!

Finally, I am sick and tired of winter.  I don't know how much more of this below zero crap I can take.  I also don't know if I can handle anymore snow and ice either.  Mother nature has changed her normal weather patterns this winter to include the Northeast in her punishment zone.  The New England states may not get rid of their snow until June.  Hell, it has piled up over their front doors.  Hey now I know why people go out for bread and milk before it snows.  I wonder if the Bostonian's stocked up before the snow hit?  By the way, it looks like they may get hit hard again this weekend.  Poor bastards.


Saturday, January 3, 2015

Levee Fee News

As I knew it would, 2015 is starting out with a Griping BANG!  No, it's not the mysterious bangs that people heard in several parts of our area.  I did not hear "The Bang" myself, but one of our faithful Gripers, Bob W. and his daughter Grace did.  They said it was so loud that it shook their house.  I am not sure why I didn't hear it, but it may have been due to 3 Kingston Police Cruisers flying up my street at warp speed.  Maybe the bang was from these jabronies breaking the sound barrier.  It appears that they were in hot pursuit of guy who kidnapped his girlfriend and kids.  And you thought I was going to say in pursuit of hot donuts!  This high speed chase ended up with the car crashing and one person taken into custody.  No one was injured in this high speed affair.

Yep, 2015 has started off with a wallop.  A wallop to our pocketbooks.  On New Years Eve Luzerne County Judge Richard M. Hughes issued a 42 page decision upholding the County Levee Fee stemming from a trial back in September.  I guess his secretary must have been hand writing this decision with a colonial feather pen.  This trial goes all the way back to 2009 when the Municipality of Kingston along with 6 of its residents filed a lawsuit challenging the legality of this bogus fee.  Their argument, and a valid one I must say, is that all residents of Luzerne County should be taxed and not just people who live in the Agnes Flood Zone.  They contest that in 2011 the levee held back 42.66 feet of water which was higher than the 40.91 feet in 1972.  They argue that more areas would have been flooded which makes sense to me.  They also argue that higher elevation properties generate storm water and should be taxed as well.  Again, I agree.  As we build more houses and pave roads on the mountains, rain and snow melt run down to the storm drainage system in the valley at a faster pace.  These storm drains and catch basins were not made to handle this high volume of water.  The result is more localized street flooding along with faster storm drainage into the Susquehanna River.

The Bottom Line here is the mindless idiot County Commissioners at the time from Luzerne County Petrilla, Skrepenak And Urban decided to stop funding flood protection back in 2009.  Maybe one of the dumbest moves they have ever made.  Instead they laid the burden of protection squarely on the backs of the taxpayers with this bogus Levee Fee. To top it off, this Moron Judge upholds the Counties decision.  What else did you think he was going to do.  I have voiced my opinion on the R2G many a time on the Levy Fee.  IT STINKS!  It is a selective tax forced onto the people who lived in the Agnes Flood area.  What about the people that live outside the flood zone who come to work in the flood area?  They benefit from the levee.  What about the people who shop within the flood zone?  They benefit from the levee.  Before you know it the county will impose a fee on everyone that has the number 2 in their house number.  This fee just plain STINKS!  What we all should do is simply refuse to pay it.  What would the county do then?  I'll tell you....NOTHING!  They couldn't put us all in the slammer.  They could not get Rob Mericle to build jails fast enough. 

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Top 10 Weirdest Stories of 2014

Happy New Year!  Yep, another Gripe filled year is behind us and what 2015 will bring is still unknown.  I do know that people will continue to do dumb things at an accelerated rate and more and more weird stuff will make us shake our heads.  To kick off 2015 I would like to get you all prepared with the Top 5 Weirdest Stories of 2014.

5. Human Barbie Doll Wants To Live Off Light:  The human "Barbie Doll" Valeria Lukyanova was back in the spotlight this past year when she declared that her goal is to live off of light and air.  She has adopted the "Breatharian" way of living which consists of not eating or drinking but to live off of the "cosmic microdust".  Back in March she was quoted as saying, "In recent weeks I have not been hungry at all," Lukyanova said, according to the International Business Times. "I'm hoping it's the final stage before I can subsist on air and light alone."  We will have to keep our eyes out for her Obituary.

4.  Worlds Dirtiest Man Smokes Poop:  80 year old Amou Haji of Iran has the distinction of being named the dirtiest man in the world.  Haji certainly can't count clean living as the reason for his good health at such a late age in life.  Instead he claims that smoking animal poop and not bathing for 60 years are his fountain of youth.  He also likes to eat porcupine meat.  Amou adopted this lifestyle after what he says was a very emotional period in his life.  By the way, he lives alone.  Go figure?

3. The Triple Nipple:  Back in September Florida woman Jasmine Tridevil reportedly spent $20,000 to get a third boob surgically implanted on her chest in a twisted attempt to look less attractive to men.  "I don't want to date anymore," when asked why she added the extra mammary complete with an artificial nipple and tattoo to resemble an areola.  But she's still proud of the apparent triple nipple.  "It was really hard finding someone that would do it too because they’re breaking the code of ethics," she said. "But I got a breast implant and a mini implant to make it look like there’s a nipple poking out."  Faulty thinking here.  You can't have enough nipple.

2.  Mr. DDD:  A man that calls himself Double Dick Dude was born with a rare disorder called Diphallia.  Yes, he has two penises.  His real identity has remained a secret, however he did say that he was bisexual and is in a relationship with another couple.  He also revealed that both reach a length of 6 inches but one can hit 7 inches if he is really aroused.  To check out DDD... http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/02/man-with-two-penises-reddit-ama_n_4531433.html  
He also likes to go commando all year around.  Give him a call ladies.

1. Sex Toy Stuck In Woman's Vagina For 10 Years:  A 38-year-old woman in Scotland was shaking, incontinent and suffering severe weight loss when doctors found the cause of her trouble -- a 5-inch sex toy, lost in her vagina for 10 years, according to the Journal of Sexual Medicine. The woman, said to be of normal intelligence, told doctors she didn't remember whether or not she took the plaything out after a drunken encounter several years earlier.  By the time surgeons found it, the toy's effects were potentially life-threatening. It had caused a bladder blockage that was forcing urine to back up into her kidneys, and had also created a vesicovaginal fistula, which is a tract that causes urine to flow into the vagina. Remember, kids: Cars aren't the only thing you shouldn't operate while intoxicated.

There you have it, the Top 5 Weirdest Stories of 2014.  Believe me when I say it was difficult to narrow this down to 5.