Perfect It Aint

As the title indicates, perfect it aint. I'll rant and rave, maybe even curse once in a while. You are welcome to join me with your comments. At worst I'll just tear out the rest of my hair. At best, I may agree with you. Or maybe I'll just ignore it, because you know, perfect it aint!

Location: Barboursville, Appalachia, United States

Retired, Financial and Management specialist, lived all over country, but for some reason, decided to retire to West Virginia (that's the new one, not the Richmond one). Please note that all material appearing on this blog is covered under my own personal copyright as creator, except those items appearing in the Comments that do not appear under the screen name of Tanstaafl or are attributed to others by citation. No license is intended or given to copy or redistribute anything appearing in this blog unless written permission is first obtained from the author.

Monday, October 12, 2015


I wondered how long it would take.

Not the actual deeds , but the threats.

Massacres are occurring, seemingly weekly.  Mostly in colleges, but occasionally in high schools, rarely in elementary/middle schools.

But the copycat threats are appearing with regularity in middle schools now.  Or on what is called "social media" involving middle schools.And that is mysterious to me.  Why would ten, eleven, twelve and thirteen year old kids have access to "social media"?  Especially when practically every "social media" outlet has rules that prohibit these ages from posting, reading or in any way participating.

Oh, now I get it.  Parents.  Parents who are too gutless to restrict their children.

Now it begins to make sense.

Since parents cannot deny themselves, they just can't bring themselves to deny their children access.

I was watching football games over the weekend an was not really keeping count, but I would hazard a guess that among the 'fans' at the games, fully 90% had their cell phones, etc., on and were watching them much more than the games. 


They could have saved themselves about forty/fifty dollars per seat, stayed home  in an easy chair and done the same  thing they were doing in the stadium, without all those darned people disturbing them.

But they just cannot deny themselves.

I do not own a cell phone.  I do not own a tablet.  I do have wifi, only because it came with my ISP's package - but have never used it.  I do not own all the other doo-dads that modern day parents seem to think are absolute musts for themselves and their children.  I make do with a big old desk computer and a land line telephone.  Never have a problem with dropped calls, except those that people with cell phones make to my house.  Almost every time we get a cell phone call, the caller has to recall due to a dropped line or some other defugalty derived from the cell phone.

I have never been guilty of distracted driving due to a cell phone, etc.  And I will protest long and loud if I ever hear of some snot-nosed kid trying to take away my land line, just because they don't think it is worthwhile.  As far as I am concerned, the break-up of the old AT&T was the single worst decision the FCC has ever made.

Der Komrade


Polls, polls and more polls.

I've been entertained today by the MSM.

People asking why Clinton is being shucked by so many potential voters.

And the MSM failing to supply the correct answers (if they give any answer at all.)

And of course, why is there  going to be a debate among the Democrat candidates.
You will note that I use the term Democrat, instead of the MSM characterization that assumes the name of the party is the National Democratic Party - when it is NOT.   And it has become almost standard for the conservative media to use the same term.

I have yet to see many Democrats who are democratic.  Instead, most recently, they are purely Socialist.  You do not have to have a name like Bernie Sanders to be a Socialist.  For Hillary Clinton has moved so far beyond Sanders to the left.  So much so that she makes Bernie look like a left of center Republican.  So much so that, were I voting in the Democrat primary, I would vote for Bernie.

Oh, the debate.  Sorry, I digressed.

Let's see, there's Clinton, Sanders, O'Malley, and a couple more losers that I can't remember right now.  But that makes no difference, Clinton will be in prison, during her first term, if she is elected, Sanders doesn't have the chance of a snowball in you know where, and O'Malley?  Who in the heck is he?  I never heard of the rascal until the campaign started, so there is really nothing to debate.  BUT, the debate is being carried LIVE AND IN COLOR by CNN!!!!!

Clinton lost ten points in the last ten days.  By the end of November, she will be below zero if the trend continues.  But her campaign is already out there with an explanation of why she is really going to be ahead after losing New Hampshire, Iowa and Nevada.  Because, they say, she has 84% of the black voter in South Carolina, and will retain all the black vote that Obama reaped in 2008 and 2012.  They fail to mention that women do not like her, white men do not like her, and by golly, you cannot win the presidency with the minority votes only.

No one is interested in what either Clinton or Sanders has to say, except those who want it all given to them at the expense of the rest of us.  Both want us to pay 100% of education related cost from pre-kindergarten through PhD.  Neither of them has come up with a plan to pay for all this, but we must have it , don't you know?  After all, what's another trillion or two that we borrow from China?  And you millionaires down to less than half-millionaires, get ready, your tax rate will be at 90% again, just like under Bill Clinton.

How much money do you have in your pocket right now?


Tuesday, September 01, 2015


Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice, and moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.

The above is the way I remember the quote from Barry Goldwater addressing the Republican National Convention at the Cow Palace in San Francisco in 1964.

And, quoting the Chad Mitchell Trio, "Barry, Barry,
                                                          Make your bid.
                                                          I love John Birch,
                                                          But, oh, you kid!"

I'm so sick and tired of all the Republican candidates and all the Democrat candidates and all the Independent candidates (oh, yes there are--two as a matter of fact, Sanders and Trump) not even dancing around the defense of liberty and the pursuit of justice.  None of them have the plain old guts to do what needs to be done to restore this country to it's high estate in the world's consciousness.

As for the current front-runners, on the one hand we have a crook who may well be in prison before her first term would be over and on the other we have a guy whose braggadocio is unbelievable--just as his methods are for accomplishing anything.  As for the others it's like a thousand monkeys on a limb farting and then telling you how sweet smelling it is, while you are puking your guts out and the puke smells better, believe me.

God, where is Harry Truman when you need him?  Where is Teddy Roosevelt with his big stick?  Even, where is JFK with his plagiarized comment about asking America or doing it yourself?

All I can see right now is twenty-two (at latest count) Nero's out there.


I'll let you figure that out.

So they've done it again.  Three guys killed another cop.  This time in Illinois.

After Deputy Goforth's killing the other day in Cypress, TX.

After the 'Black Lives Matter' group in Minnesota pranced down the street shouting, "Pigs in a blanket.  Fry 'em like bacon."

And our supposed leader has been strangely (sure!) quiet about the recent rash of blacks killing policemen.

But you can bet your sweet ass that if a white policeman killed a black man, he'd be on it like a duck on a junebug. 

Hell, he even insults the Jewish faith by never yet mentioning Kate Steinle (I think that was her name.).

All he has to say on such matters is that we need to ban every gun.

And just to think, the gutless wonders in this country re-elected him.


Yes.  I believe in the Bill of Rights, all ten of the amendments making it up are vital to our representative democracy.  I may have a few reservations about some of the other amendments, but the first ten are solid rocks.

That is not to say that I approve of handguns. Or assault rifles.  Or any other device whose sole purpose is to kill human beings.  But rifles and shotguns for game hunting only, I heartily approve.  Any other use is a corruption of the intent of such hardware, and should be grounds for confiscation.  I did NOT say control, I said and mean, CONFISCATION!

Why would any law abiding citizen desire to own an assault rifle?  Or a Glock.?  Or any gun which can shoot more than three bullets in a row?

A seven shot clip is too  much for any kind of game hunting.  A fifteen shot clip is ridiculous unless the game you are hunting is two legged.

There is no sport in trap shooting.  Can you eat a skeet?

Oh, and to complete the package, I also do not approve of the death penalty under any circumstances.  Nor do I believe in the modern day 'Correctional facilities".  Use 'em as penitentiaries in the original sense, a place of punishment.  I disapprove of any and all attempts by any and all governmental units to rehabilitate drunks and dope addicts.  If they want to chew, inject, snort, smoke, whatever their method of getting 'high,'  by God, let 'em.  Let 'em die for their efforts. I have no sympathy for them at all.

Just as I have no sympathy for those wannabes that elected our current excuse for a man to pretend to be president.

Have I gotten you riled up yet?

Well, that's a shame, 'cause I haven't even gotten wound up yet.

Stick around and see.

Monday, April 20, 2015


I have only the report from someone I hold dear, but this is what I understand right now.

The Baltimore City/County police stopped a black man after making eye contact with him.
Conclusion:  sounds like profiling to me.

For some reason, there ensued a scuffle and the black man was injured seriously.
Conclusion:  sounds like the cowboy was coming out in the police.

A police officer in the van called  police dispatch twice and then called the emt's.
Conclusion:  Something wrong there, call the emt's first and then call the police dispatch.

Somehow the black man's spinal cord was severed/back was broken/neck was broken? and he died.
Conclusion:  These cowboys will never learn and, just like Ferguson, New York, Oakland, Florida, Tulsa, and on and on, there will now be riots in Baltimore.

Holy jumpin' Jesus H. Christ almighty, goddamn!!!

I'm now to the point of saying that all policemen should have their guns removed, taser's taken away, get all of them out of their cars and back on their feet, and FIRE their asses if they even look cross-eyed at someone, anyone  unless there is immediate visible provable recorded proof of any infraction.

I don't trust a damned one of them.

Countdown 2




Friday, April 10, 2015

Here we go again No. 2

California desert.  Ten on one.

Put all ten in jail.

Fire all ten.

Surely the country has to put an end to such stupidity..

Let's hope sooner.

These damned cowboys need to understand that the world is full of cameras.

And everyone wants to get their scoop on tv.

You know, it happened long before Rodney King was ever heard of.

And it continues.

Wise up police and politicians.



Thursday, April 09, 2015

We The People---

That last post brings me to another anomaly I find in these situations.  I often wonder why the black community does not get more involved in local politics and local police departments.

Here in Huntington, there are only a very few, maybe one or two, blacks on the police force, and maybe one or two on the City Council.  Admittedly, the local population of blacks, minus the imports from Detroit, make up only eight to twelve percent of the population, so those figures are fairly representative on City Council, but the police department should have at least ten or fifteen black officers.

Everybody, both black and white, seems to want equality in all things.  So do I.  And having a stake in what happens in the community is the responsibility of EVERY citizen.  And certainly, the idea of proportional representation at all levels of government is  something much to be desired.

But I do not see that happening, either here in Huntington, or anywhere across the country.

Certainly there are many more than ten or twelve black men and women in the city who could pass the tests to become police officers.

And the same holds true all over the country, in every city and every state.  Yet the black community simply does not apply for such positions.  But loves to scream at the merest hint that something may have gone amiss.

I admit that I am mystified by this apathy.

It seem to me that those who fail to be involved in their communities must shoulder the bulk of any blame which may attend.  Failure to register to vote, failure to attend council meetings, failure to maintain a society which abhors the drug trade, failure of parents to train their children to know that the first thing you do when a police officer tells you to do something is to do what the officer says.  There is time for legal actions later, but to run when a police officer tells you to stop is one of the surest ways of getting killed.

But the apathy continues unabated until someone else's  ox is gored and then the screams are unending - until the next time it happens - and it will.  Inevitably.  And that is tragic.

Here We Go Again

Well, we got another one going, down South Carolina way this time.

White cop, black shot.

Like most people, I was appalled when I saw the first video of this occurrence.

And then, the more I thought, the more I said to myself, "There has to be more than what the MSM is showing here.

And there was.

The guy who took the video on his phone was interviewed and, during the interview said that there had been a scuffle before the incident between the two and they had been on the ground.  No transition was given, but then the video.

So, who knows, other than the shooter, just did actually occur?  I sure don't, and I doubt that anyone else does.

So let the local and state investigations proceed - first, the local, and if they need help, call in the state.

But WHY must the FBI and the DOJ insert their noses into what is strictly a local incident?  Answer is easy - Eric Holder.

Holder has a vendetta going against all white policemen.  Has had since becoming AG and will have until he leaves that post - and probably afterwards.


Today is Thursday, April 9, 2015.

And it is a great day.

Only 652 more of them and we can breathe a little easier.

If I counted right, anyhow.

21 more in April, 31 in May, 30 in June totals 82.
July, August, September equals another          92
October, November, December adds             92

And that totals                                              266

Plus all of 2016                                             366

And then 2017                                                20

Makes                                                           652.

And goodbye,  MUTT!

Thursday, April 02, 2015

The other day one of the cable news channels talking heads asked, "What is the single worst thing you have personally observed a driver doing behind the wheel?"

Wow, does that ever open up the window of opportunity.  It is really difficult to narrow it down to just one thing.  Drinking scalding hot coffee?  Putting on make-up?  Brushing hair?  Texting?  Talking on the cell phone?  Reaching over to retrieve a cell phone, pack of cigarettes, whatever?  Huh?  What? 

No.  None of the above.  All are bad.  All are just plain stupid.  But not the worst.

No.  The very worst I have ever seen was the guy driving  on I-64 reading, yes, reading a newspaper.  He had it propped up on the steering wheel and was reading.  I couldn't believe it.  This happened about fifteen or twenty years ago. He was traveling below  the speed limit, wandering all over the road, and seemed totally oblivious to the fact that there were probably thirty or forty vehicles behind him, afraid to try to pass him, or just fearing that he was, sooner or later, going to hit the median or the berm of the road, lose control (What, did he have it under control anyway?) and harm himself or someone else.  Stupid.

One day a few years ago, I was in a funeral procession and was approaching Farmdale Road on Route 60, eastbound to White Chapel.  The procession was tightly bunched, in the center lane and had started under the light.  I glance over into the right lane and here was a SWT, business type, sucking on a cigarette, drinking a cup of something, and talking on her cell phone.  Without a signal, she pulled right in front of me, forcing me to stop, as she did, abruptly, when she realized that the light was red.  Normally, I just let it go with a loud scream in such situations.  But this time I just couldn't believe that anyone would be so crasss as to stop a funeral procession.

So I shut the engine off, got out and approached her window.  It took a moment to get her attention, but finally she rolled it down, and asked so sweetly, "What?"  I proceeded to enlighten her about the dangers of driving distractedly and then mentioned that she had was in the center of a funeral procession.  No apology, no nothing, except rolling rolling the window back up.  Airhead. Stupid.

You can't fix stupid.  Ignorance can be educated, but stupid cannot.

With all the advertising devoted to distracted driving, there is not one single driver out there who has not heard the news, it is stupid, and against the law to do so, but they still do it.  People honk at me all the time because I will not proceed from a red light into the intersection until I have looked to make sure no vehicle is going to run the red light.  So, let 'em honk.



Boy, what a hornet's nest.

They could have called it anything else except that.

Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Those who know me know that I do not get too excited about the normally stupid acts, or proposed acts, of our various state legislators.  There are some times right here in West Virginia that the Legislature does stupid things, and I rail about specific ones, but on the whole, the states have given over their powers of legislating to the federal government, long ago.

Rarely do state legislators catch the passing flame of reality and actually act upon that torch.  But this time they have caught a real barn-burner of a topic. But they did not stop to think about what public reaction to the title of the bills would be.

Back about six years ago, the population of the US began changing it's mind about [NO!  You will not catch me using the term 'gay' to describe homosexuals.] the seemingly unstoppable rise in homosexuality and lesbianism in this country.  And we are now faced with the fact that more people accept homosexuality and lesbianism as normal.  And they are a vocal group - not those who passively agree, but the practicioners.

Now, as a matter of actual fact, none of the bills that are proposed or have passed in the states mention homosexuality or lesbianism, bi-sexuality or transgenderism (whatever in hell that is).  And why the last two are even grouped with the first two is beyond my ken.

But the loud talkers of that section of society have grabbed on like a dog on a bone, and have tried to make the subject just that, an attack upon their 'rights'.

I don't really give a ruby red rats ass what they do behind the door of their bedrooms, whether heterosexual, bi-sexual, homosexual, lesbian or whatever.  But I DO care how they tend to attempt to shut down my core religious beliefs, and try to make me believe that their life style must be approved by every member of society, in order to be fair to them. 

They want to holler about the 'rights of the minority'.

So let's take a look at the rights of the minority, from a different perspective than what most people think of when minorities are discussed.

In this country we have three major political groups, Democrat party adherents, Republican party adherents and Independents.  Which is the largest?  Which the smallest?  Of course, the Independents are the smaller of the three, but I don't hear a great deal about the fact that they have negligible representation in the Congress or state legislatures.  And it isn't because they are not vocal, it is just that they are entitled to all the protections of the laws that every other citizen is.  So with the odd-sexual practices group members.  National and state and county and city laws DO protect every single one of them.

But they do not want the equal protections afforded everyone, they want SPECIAL protections, designed  to give them that extra protection that other minorities and all other citizens are not entitled to have.

"It's the same old tune, it's the man in the moon," as Willie Nelson sang.  Every minority group, at one time or the other demands the same old thing, demands that pie in the sky.

And not a single one of them deserves it, and, in the end, in our democracy, not a one of them gets to keep it even when granted by one government, because here will come a change in administrations, and a change in priorities and there goes the extra protections granted.

So, let 'em holler and stomp their feet.  It aint gonna get 'em what they want. 

And the religious people of the land will keep believing the way they always have.

And I still believe that every business owner has the right to refuse service to anyone - and does not need to explain why to anyone.  Think about it the next time you see that "No shoes, no shirt, no service" sign.

Computer Update

My last post, back in August of last year, bemoaned the fact that my computer was extremely slow when on the net, when I could actually get on it.  Good news - that has all changed,

I finally got ticked off enough to change ISP's, and what a change.  My old 56k modem is back in the box and now  it is  over 100 times faster when I want to use the net. The guy told me it was 6 megabytes, I think probably less, but what do I know?

I was paying $21.95 per month for my old service, dial-up, and now pay a couple of bucks less and get better service.  So I have been really giving the net a workout over the past two weeks or so.  Whereas before I could only wish that I could access some particular sites, now I do not get the message about the server timing out.

Anyway, it's working well.  Should have done it a long time ago, but we old conservative hate to stir ourselves to change.

Monday, August 04, 2014

Genealogical News

Wow, it published it before I even wrote anything except the title.

Of late I have not done much with out genealogy.  I have about 111,000 names in the file, dating back as far as 1100 AD.

My major complaint is that I do not have all the data I need for persons about my age, as most PAF's, gedcoms, etc., will shield that data until at least 70 years from date of birth have passed.  Well, I am 72, so I cannot get the more relevant data on my own generation.  The Census Bureau did release the 1940 materials (that's 2 years before I was born.) 

And I refuse to use Social Security data/records, as I feel myself that information should remain private.

The biggest hang-up has been my computer.  For some time I could not access the internet, as the speed my ISP was giving me was so low.  I am on dial-up so it was going to be slow anyway, but speeds of 4.8 kbps is way too slow. After having my son check my computer over and pronouncing it sound, I called my ISP and we worked out a routine that gives me 16 to 24 kbps consistently, with occasional flubs, to as high as 38 kbps, which seems like lightning speed after only getting 10 or 12 kbps.

I have learned a trick.  If I don't like the speed it gives me, I log out and log right back in, sometimes as many as three or four times until it gives me 30+.  Or just postpone what I planned to do.  I keep a stack of papers to enter data from for such occasions.  Then when I do get a good connection, I go to Rootsweb and download additional data to use during the next downtime.

I have generally found that I can log into Rootsweb and then get just about all the information I need for one or another of it's subsets.

The other project I am working on is to have an ongoing list, by alpha, of all family names we have in the file.  I have to do this manually as there is no automatic function that I can find to do it for me in the PAF which I use.  I have it complete for the first 104,ooo persons, and am working to get it current again.  I go through it every four or five months to update it.

YEE-HAW, Let's do it again!!!

Naw.  We can't.  'Cause we just died from stupidity!

The news just came across that someone died while paragliding - hang-gliding?  Whatever!!

Yesterday the news was that someone died while riding an ATV  -  at five o'clock in the morning.  After doing it all night.  On a foggy Kentucky hilltop road (it was well paved and double striped, by the way), but you can;t stop stupid.

You are not invincible.  Take a good look at what you do.

Do you run red lights?  Talk on the 'phone while driving?  Even worse, text while driving?  Drink before or while driving?  Try to eat, drink coffee, smoke, read the paper, etc while driving?  Classic stupidity.

Humans are given free will, and cannot handle it.  Not only can they not handle it from a spiritual standpoint, they can't even handle it in day to day living.

I know, when I was younger, I did stupid things, too.  But, it only takes a few such occurrences to make anyone with any common sense stop such activity.  Common sense?  We used to call it horse sense.  And I got plenty of that.  I've been called the north end of a horse travelling south enough times to know for certain that I have lots of horse sense.

The gal on the news just said that you should always stop ten feet from a stopped school bus.  Where did she get that number?  Common sense tells you to stop at least a car length away.  But common sense tells you to stay at least one car length behind any vehicle in front of you for every ten miles per hour you are travelling, too.  Do we do that?  Very few do so.  And so, we have innumerable rear end collisions.  But does anyone learn from these accidents?  Emphatically no!

Stupidity is not the same thing as ignorance.  Ignorance I can live with.  Stupidity I can't abide.  Ignorance can be abated with education and training.  Stupidity can't.

So, the next time you scrape through a situation that you maybe should not have, stop and think.  Were you guilty of being stupid again?

Lesson's over.  Get back on your Harley, or your ATV or your hang glider or start texting again.  The only one you have to blame is yourself.