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(Some Guy)   Grand jury convenes to consider whether a foreign exchange student who was forced to eat sardines and live with ex-convicts was either criminally neglected or merely living like a typical Scranton resident   (citizensvoice.com ) divider line
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2009-05-29 02:01:14 AM  
At least it wasn't 30,000 pounds.......of bananas.
 
2009-05-29 02:18:05 AM  
It's a hardscrabble existence up there in Scranton.
 
2009-05-29 02:44:33 AM  
You know, I get a little tired of being told I'm an insider.
I come from Scranton, Pennsylvania.
And that's as hardscrabble a place as you're going to find.
I'll show you around sometime and you'll see.
It's a hellhole.
An absolute jerkwater of a town.
You couldn't stand to spend a weekend there.
It's just an awful, awful sad place.
Filled with sad, desperate people with no ambition.
Nobody - and I mean nobody - but me has ever come out of that place.
It's a genetic cesspool.
So don't be telling me I'm part of the Washington elite, because I come from the absolute worst place on Earth - Scranton, Pennsylvania.

And Wilmington, Deleware's not much better.
 
2009-05-29 05:47:11 AM  
They have access to seafood in Scranton?!

/former exchange student
//host mother was completely nuts
 
2009-05-29 05:48:55 AM  
They came to the country through Aspect Foundation, a San Francisco organization that places students with host families - which the students pay for.

And to think, hundreds in San Francisco would pay to go to Nigeria and live like that.
 
2009-05-29 06:19:11 AM  
I was going to write a song about Scranton, PA at one time, but I never could really get started (my working title was 'If I wake up in Scranton, please kill me'). Every time I tried, my stab wound I received outside of a gay bar in downtown Scrraaantiin started to ache very badly,I broke out in a cold sweat, and I couldn't come up with enough derogatory names that rhymed with Scranton.

I'm very glad I no longer have any friends who live there. If I'm traveling in that area, I'll drive/walk/crawl 50 miles out of my way to avoid entering the city limits. Scranton PA is indeed, with out question, the arm pit of Pennsylvania. Name any small town or berg in the Keystone State, and it will look like the garden of Eden compared to Scranton.

What a shame those kids were exposed to life in our country via Scranton. Damn shame, and I hope they don't go away thinking we are all a bunch of semi retarded, over weight, drug addled idiots.

Remember, Scranton is the place where a woman was given a ticket for cursing at her toilet.
 
2009-05-29 06:29:13 AM  
She should have told police they put anti-freeze in the wine
 
2009-05-29 06:29:34 AM  
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2009-05-29 06:31:59 AM  
Finally, we get one over on the Nigerians.
 
2009-05-29 06:40:01 AM  

Carbonised: She should have told police they put anti-freeze in the wine


APPROVES
www.dctobc.com

/hot
 
2009-05-29 06:55:51 AM  
www.lifeintheoffice.com

/link is hot like a Scranton party
 
2009-05-29 07:01:26 AM  
You know it's bad when the Africans start to complain about the food and living conditions.
 
2009-05-29 07:12:19 AM  

Jamieboy: I was going to write a song about Scranton, PA at one time, but I never could really get started (my working title was 'If I wake up in Scranton, please kill me'). Every time I tried, my stab wound I received outside of a gay bar in downtown Scrraaantiin started to ache very badly,I broke out in a cold sweat, and I couldn't come up with enough derogatory names that rhymed with Scranton.

I'm very glad I no longer have any friends who live there. If I'm traveling in that area, I'll drive/walk/crawl 50 miles out of my way to avoid entering the city limits. Scranton PA is indeed, with out question, the arm pit of Pennsylvania. Name any small town or berg in the Keystone State, and it will look like the garden of Eden compared to Scranton.

What a shame those kids were exposed to life in our country via Scranton. Damn shame, and I hope they don't go away thinking we are all a bunch of semi retarded, over weight, drug addled idiots.

Remember, Scranton is the place where a woman was given a ticket for cursing at her toilet.


demented biatch. did she hurt it's feelings and scar it for life?
they should have given her the chair.

www.bigshinything.com
 
2009-05-29 08:06:36 AM  
As a current resident of a small town adjacent to Scranton, I can attest to the validity of these claims. The town's mayor to his credit tried in vain to breathe new life into the town. He couldn't do it. The new conference center that was built site mostly empty. Most of the nightlife of Scranton involves bars and very few clubs. The college built into the city offers a meaningless degree program for astronomical prices/credit. Most of the political dealings are shady at best with one guy voting his "brudder" into office in an attempt to secure more city funds.
It's sickening and entertaining all at the same time. If it wearn't for the rampent abuse of political power and "It's not what you do, it's who ya know, ya know?", the town might be a nicer place to live.
The one thing to the towns credit, which isn't it's exorbinant taxes, is that it does have a rich cultural heritage in the coal mining and train transport areas. There was a saying in the fifties that went, "If you can't get laid in Scranton, you can't get laid."
 
2009-05-29 08:42:05 AM  
Great headline, Subby.
 
2009-05-29 08:43:43 AM  
The only thing that most people remember about Scranton is the huge junkyard you could see just off Route 81, near Dunmore. It went on for miles.

I grew up very close to Scranton and I can't think of too many things that Scranton could ever brag about.
 
2009-05-29 08:45:42 AM  
As an exchange student coordinator, I'm getting a kick...

BTW we are short of host families this year. Don't make me place them with the excons.
 
2009-05-29 08:48:06 AM  

sundog_rocks: I grew up very close to Scranton and I can't think of too many things that Scranton could ever brag about.


Steamtown is neat. And The Banshee has good food and music even if the owner is a coont. Lots of good outdoors stuff to do. I was at Rickett's Glen last weekend.

It's better than DC anyway.

/fmr Valley Resident
//Oh really? No, O'Reilly
 
2009-05-29 08:54:33 AM  
A guy told me about it on the bus as it went up the hill out of Scranton, Pennsylvania. You know he shrugged his shoulders, he shook his head, and he said - and this is exactly what he said - he said 'Boy: it sure must've been something....just imagine eating sardines and living with convicts....'.

Yes she was eating sardines...and living with convicts......with convicts.....with convicts....not no choice in food....just sardines...livin' with convicts-s-s-s-s-s-s-s-s-s-s.

/greatest story I could come up with
 
2009-05-29 08:58:12 AM  
Jamieboy

What a shame those kids were exposed to life in our country via Scranton. Damn shame, and I hope they don't go away thinking we are all a bunch of semi retarded, over weight, drug addled idiots.


Sounds like you're too late.

The State Department should probably look into this, before it causes a diplomatic incident.
 
2009-05-29 08:59:49 AM  
As a former exchange student and native of NEPA, I gotta say this is disgraceful. But chances are, the company is extremely at fault, perhaps more so than the host parents. They're responsible for locating suitable families and no one else. I hope they are discredited, criminally charged, and never allowed to broker another exchange student again.
 
2009-05-29 09:01:25 AM  
"Scranton!
What?
THE ELECTRIC CITY!
Scranton!
What?
THE ELECTRIC CITY!"
 
2009-05-29 09:33:16 AM  

Jamieboy: I was going to write a song about Scranton, PA at one time, but I never could really get started (my working title was 'If I wake up in Scranton, please kill me'). Every time I tried, my stab wound I received outside of a gay bar in downtown Scrraaantiin started to ache very badly,I broke out in a cold sweat, and I couldn't come up with enough derogatory names that rhymed with Scranton.

I'm very glad I no longer have any friends who live there. If I'm traveling in that area, I'll drive/walk/crawl 50 miles out of my way to avoid entering the city limits. Scranton PA is indeed, with out question, the arm pit of Pennsylvania. Name any small town or berg in the Keystone State, and it will look like the garden of Eden compared to Scranton.

What a shame those kids were exposed to life in our country via Scranton. Damn shame, and I hope they don't go away thinking we are all a bunch of semi retarded, over weight, drug addled idiots.

Remember, Scranton is the place where a woman was given a ticket for cursing at her toilet.


How would you compare Scranton to Lewistown?
 
2009-05-29 09:55:05 AM  
www.lhva.org

/former resident
//there are worse places
///I'm looking at you, Newark
 
2009-05-29 10:08:01 AM  
Did someone say Scranton? All right, all right. That means I get to post pics of the lovely Jenna Fischer:

www.jennafischer.info

www.ratemyeverything.net

www.evilbeetgossip.com
 
2009-05-29 10:08:31 AM  
What Scranton needs is Hurricane Agnes, Part II. With more flooding this time...
 
2009-05-29 10:43:47 AM  
T-Servo: /former exchange student
//host mother was completely nuts


Did she make you date her creepy son, but did you to end up with the slightly less nerd guy across the street who was trying to win a skiing race while being chased by his paperboy?

/Or was that a movie?
 
2009-05-29 10:59:11 AM  
sundog_rocks: What Scranton needs is Hurricane Agnes, Part II. With more flooding this time...

Actually - that's Wilkes-Barre. I don't know why they keep building the river dike higher - a disastrous flood and federal aid is the only thing that will help that city...

/Scranton's not a bad town.
//A little corrupt, but not a bad town
 
2009-05-29 11:22:25 AM  
Scrantonicity!!
 
2009-05-29 11:24:28 AM  
What's wrong with living with ex-convicts? They do a great tossed salad.
 
2009-05-29 11:29:00 AM  
Robot Devil's Advocate

Did she make you date her creepy son, but did you to end up with the slightly less nerd guy across the street who was trying to win a skiing race while being chased by his paperboy?

"And then he put his arms around me like... like... testicles!"

"Don't you mean 'tentacles'?"

/loved that movie
 
2009-05-29 12:38:56 PM  
Nigeria or Scranton. I'll take Nigeria!
 
2009-05-29 12:43:37 PM  
A Lackawanna county grand jury should be an interesting ting to behold. A Luzer county one would be even more comical and would likely deserve to have its own theme music. I wouldn't trust da findings of any committee from ei-der one of doze counties.

poconojoe: sundog_rocks: What Scranton needs is Hurricane Agnes, Part II. With more flooding this time...

Actually - that's Wilkes-Barre. I don't know why they keep building the river dike higher - a disastrous flood and federal aid is the only thing that will help that city...

/Scranton's not a bad town.
//A little corrupt, but not a bad town

in the daylight

I've wondered whether it's worth saving too, but just think of the ecological impact of all that cocaine and heroin washing downstream in the Susq. Poor old Catawissa be grinding their teeth for years afterwards.

sundog_rocks: The only thing that most people remember about Scranton is the huge junkyard you could see just off Route 81, near Dunmore. It went on for miles.

I grew up very close to Scranton and I can't think of too many things that Scranton could ever brag about.


Fewer "th" sounds pronounced in a single century than any other city?
 
2009-05-29 01:30:36 PM  

GWSuperfan: Carbonised: She should have told police they put anti-freeze in the wine

APPROVES


/hot


thank you
 
2009-05-29 02:08:35 PM  
Louie D'Naples ftw
 
2009-05-29 03:31:07 PM  
thefnitalian Louie D'Naples ftw

And man, did he have a really hot daughter that drove a red Porsche. I think her name was Mia?
 
2009-05-29 03:31:41 PM  
Sounds about right for that shiathole.
 
2009-05-29 03:33:12 PM  
John Denver: Fewer "th" sounds pronounced in a single century than any other city?

I was getting directions from a friend and he said to get off at the 'troop' exit. When I said I wasn't familiar with that exit he said "Ya know, da one dat takes yas to Dunmore."

\It's spelled "Throop"
 
2009-05-29 03:37:26 PM  
Spade: Steamtown is neat. And The Banshee has good food and music even if the owner is a coont. Lots of good outdoors stuff to do. I was at Rickett's Glen last weekend.

The one redeeming aspect of the whole area is that pub. Sadly, it's filled with Scrantonians.

\Who are the sort of people who order a Corona in an Irish pub
\\On Saint Patrick's Day
\\\While the police pipe and drum team are playing
 
2009-05-29 05:22:53 PM  
I realize it's way late to be posting in this thread, but screw you I'm going to anyway. I'm from the Scranton area. Twice when I was a kid my family took in foreign exchange students after they were mistreated by their host families. The first one was beaten by his host father for having the audacity to say he didn't want to go to school because he had the flu. I forget what the situation was with the second, but she was crazy so I try to block her out of my mind. Both were Ukrainian.

There was a real dividing line between the exchange students at my school who came from Eastern Europe. Some were with the nicest, friendliest families in the area who just wanted to help out and host a student. The others were with some of the worst people who just wanted the check and thought they could turn a profit. I really think the company that was bringing them over needed to answer to someone for their screening procedure.

Things seemed to fair better with the South American and Asian students who came over. I'm guessing they were handled by a different agency, because they seemed to get stuck with nutty Christians who wanted to recruit. At least they were 16-18 and smart enough to think for themselves.
 
2009-05-30 08:44:53 PM  
To be fair, the exchange student was from nigeria... so we could just tell her that this is how we normally treat royalty in this country.
 
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