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, 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.


Thursday, July 31, 2014

C-SPAN Follies

Today I spent a lot of time watching C-Span1, 2 and 3.  If I had to recount all the stupidity I saw and heard I think I'd throw up.

The House spends two or three hours on a bill regarding the proposal by Mutt that they give him 3.7 billion for the border/child problem.  No resolution, no vote, no common sense from any participant.  Same with the Senate.  And I discover that, true to Washington, they can't pass up adding items to what should be a clean bill.  This one carries millions for fire suppression in the West, millions+  for the Israeli Iron Dome , and then whatever is left for the border/child situation.  But the money for the border/child situation doesn't even speak to the border, it is all about babysitting services once the kids get here.

You know, I may not have a lot of smarts, but even I know that if you cut the head off a snake it can no longer bite you.  But do our bleeding heart senators and representatives even think of that?  No, they're too busy campaigning for re-election already, and spit out the same old bullshit we have heard for the past six months, each one with their own little claim staked out and, by golly, don't you dare question my motives.

And then they talked about federal highway funds.  And they talked, and they talked.  I got so sick of seeing Nicky Joe standing there blustering, and saying nothing, I finally turned it off.  Then I find that the former second in command of the Palestinian whatever was speaking, and again, blah, blah blah.

I gave up and went outside and read on  a book.

Sounds like a good idea now.


So, we all make mistakes.  In my last post I stated that the GDP had dropped for the past six months.  That was wrong.

Fact - the GDP fell , not only fell but went negative, in the first quarter of 2014.  But came back positive in the second quarter according to figures posted yesterday by the government.

The negative percent in the first quarter was 3.9% when first announced.  I never saw or heard of any adjustment but yesterday the government posted it as 2.1%.  The second quarter was +3.9%, again according tho the government.

But who can believe those people?  For a period of about 19 months running, the government touted the number of new unemployment filings, and consistently, a week or two later, revised them downward, usually by rather startling amounts. 

And the actual unemployment rate they shout about?  That is a totally fictitious number.  They calculate it by calling about 1100 people and asking them if they are working, and if not,  if they have looked for work within the past four weeks (or months, I can't recall right now.)  How's that for an accurate number?

I simply do not have any faith in any numbers the federal government throws out, maybe 30%  to 40% of what the state pitches, and not much better for local government.

Again, oops, sorry, I don't often make 'em but when I do, I 'fess up. Can you say your government ever does that?

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Checking In

America will survive.  And prosper.  And re-establish itself as the premier nation of the world.

And the people of America, and the world, will again have confidence in America's leadership.

If and whenever the American people wake up and decide that they have had enough of this (insert your own descriptive term) that they voted in six years ago.

I decided about a year ago to cease cursing.  I am having a terrible time holding to that vow.  Even as a cock-eyed optimist. But, nevertheless, I am confident that change is in the air.  Not hope and change, just change.  The good change.

But the way is going to be hard when:        we have the Minority Leader of the House say, and  say again,    that HAMAS is a humanitarian group;  when:  There appears to be no difference whatever, other than party label, between the Majority Leader and the Minority Leader of the Senate, as neither is willing to move any kind of sensible legislation through the Senate;  when:     the Speaker of the House is unwilling to even listen to requests to pursue impeachment of the Mutt we have in the White House - or any other appointed Washington official;      when:      The US president does not object to Russia devouring Crimea and (insert your own area of the world);  when:    the Press in the US continually tout the great RECOVERY in the US economy, when as a matter of fact, the GDP has fallen for the past six months;  when;   by all reasonable standards, the world is going to hell in a hand basket, the US president and Congress feel it is correct to take off on an undeserved vacaction for three to six weeks .

I could go on, but what is the use, those who care agree with me and just nod their heads and those who disagree aren't intelligent enough to understand.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Vice President 'they gonna put you back in chains'


I voted five times for Opus and he didn't get snot!

I mean, after all, he was the executive assistant to Steve Dallas for a long time.  Anybody holding that job could certainly be the vice president to the pile of dogstuff that is in the white house now.

I knew that Bil the Cat was a lost cause, especially after he followed Jackson in that skin lightening bit, but I thought surely the electorate would see the necessity of dropping ol' 'they gonna put you back in chains' Biden.

And then I found out that if someone voted for dogstuff, they were voting for 'they gonna put you back in chains' too. Damn, what a letdown.

Oh, well, only 1,496 days until we are delivered from old dogstuff.

Unless the Mayans were on to something.  Then only five days!

Tanstaafl Non Grata

The following was in my Draft File.  I thought I had deleted it long ago.

It's original date was 16 Sep 2011.

I'm publishing under today's date, just to let those who never knew just what happened that I wasn't posting to the HD anymore.

Over the course of the past several months, I have had a dialog with an editor at the Herald-Dispatch concerning the deletion of large numbers of my posts on their now defunct Forums, and their current Article Comments area. These have not been pleasant items of correspondence, nor have they been elucidative of usable information.

I was accused of using a racial slur concerning the President of the US (I used the name Mutt for him - as he did himself in well-documented videos and print reports - actually published in the H-D as a matter of fact.) I was told that my post was too long (but those of another with whom I was having the discussion was some eight hundred words longer than mine and his was not deleted.)
And when I questioned that particular explanation, I was told that the editors did not know what the problem was and offered to republish my post IF I would retype it into the system.


So, the days creep slowly by.  The acrimony became more and more intense.  And I finally said to myself, "Let's get it over with."

There came a day when about six different comments were sent and all were removed by the editors, except one ,  which did not meet their "rules".  I sent an e-mail congratulating them for removing all but the one which plainly did NOT meet their rules.

I received a nasty e-mail back, and the war was on.  I knew I would lose access, but I didn't give a damn.

So I checked the paper the next day, and there was a comment on a letter which took the paper to task for boosting Tomblin as Governor and Kessler for Senate President. I sent in a comment that "One damned Democrat was as bad  as another."  Of course, it was removed, but not until it had been there for a day and a half.

I hee-hawed to myself and re-posted it verbatim.  Removed.  Re-posted.  Removed.

By this time I was tired of them not doing anything and sent a post - cannot quote exactly but gist was- "go ahead and remove it again, get it over with, ban me from posting.  Come on, do it, that is what you DUMBOCRATS want anyway."

I got my requested action.

But then I began sending in letters to the editor - and every one that I sent was published.  But I got tired of that pretty quick, and the election blarney was beginning to heat up so I just stopped.

Holy Jumpin' JHC Amighty

Just back on line, trying to get back to this blog--took about four tries, three e-mails and one broken pencil (I got a leetle teed-off!!).

I fail to understand why these geeko's think that changing everything around is an improvement.

I went through their switching to gmail, their changes related to first one thing and then the next, but I cannot say that any of those changes made anything any faster (indeed, it slowed everything up) or easier to use (contrariwise, everything is now on a hunt for a button system that only geekers are familiar with.

I don't use Undo or redo - Hell, I type it the way I want it to begin with!

I don't give a rat's red  ruby rear end what font it is I am using - just plain old typing is fine with me.  If someone wants to juggle with it, let them be the one who needs to know how!

Now, bold, italic and underline are usable, for most author's.  I don't use them however, but they don't get a diss from me.  Not yet, anyway.

But, strikethrough?  What in the name of good billy Hell is that for?  If I need to strike through something, I'll just edit it out completely.

Color or background color?  Useless as teats on a boar hog.

Images?  Videos?  Never use'em.  Never have, never will. 

Jump break?  Useless to me!   Alignment?  I do it myself, I'm a middlin' good typist. 

Numbered list - bullet list?  What in Hell for?  Are people REALLY that damned lazy?

Quote?  Hey, it is right there beside the internal ENTER key.

And, remove formatting?  You know, tabs, space bars, etc. have a purpose.

And even worse, CHECK SPELLING!  Jesus, if you cannot spell, your writing is not good enough to read anyway.

But the very worst was, that the system did NOT remember my correct log-in or password.  I had to remind it.

Please, if you geekies are gonna make more changes to BLOGGER, let us have a vote first.

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Just a Word of Warning

This is an election year.

I am a deep, dyed-in-the-wool conservative when it comes to finances and political leanings, but a relative conservative when it comes to social programs.

Sometimes almost a liberal on some social programs, even.

I know. 

It is difficult to reconcile these views.

But I don't try to reconcile them.

I am not ever to be found guilty of political correctness.

I intentionally harm noone.

But the fallout can sting.

Be warned.

This is not an easy blog to swallow if you have leftist leanings.

If you are an 'occupier' by nature, you are gonna get pissed off.

I do not restrict any replies to this blog.  Say what you will.  It will be published   ---   unless I think it may harm some innocent persons.

And I am the boss on this blog.  

And there will be no religious activity here, unless it is me who leads the discussion.

And my current best candidate for president is Bill the Cat!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

Monday, May 07, 2012

Squt II

Now I realize just why I seldom if ever post anymore - I am getting to be an old man and do not really have the spare time to wait fifteen minutes for this  to load every time I feel like posting.  It is a heckuva lot easier to just grin and bear it.  Like all those servicemen who were asked to shoulder their own insurance costs for service -related ailments a while back.  What do you mean, you don't remember all that hoopla?  Jeez, you musta just crawled out from under a rock.

Well, anyway, to refresh your memory, our revered leader (pardon me while I puke!!), was called to task because he felt, justifiably so to himself I guess, that if you volunteered, you volunteered all the way.  When chastised for his outrageous view, here is his defense - as NBC is wont to say, "In his own words..."

"Look, it's an all volunteer force," Obama complained.  "Nobody made these guys go to war.  They had to have known and accepted the risks.  Now they whine about bearing the costs of their choice?  It doesn't compute..."  "I thought these were people who were proud to sacrifice for their country, " Obama continued.  I wasn't asking for blood, just money.  With the country facing the worst financial crisis in its history I'd have thought that the patriotic thing to do would be to try to help  reduce the nation's deficit...I guess I underestimated the selfishness of some of my fellow Americans."

You know, if every American would keep nothing in mind except the above when they step into that polling booth in November, America would have such a rejuvenation of patriotism and right thinking that the Democrat Party would be a thing of the far distant past forever.  Even hard-core liberals would shrink away from such utter idiocy as the man shouts.

But, unfortunately, only about five, maybe ten percent of the American people have even heard this diatribe, as the lame-stream media sure as heck did not publicize it.  I saw and heard it on Fox, but was unable to get it down in writing at the time.  I am indebted to another source which is unaffiliated with any media for the actual verbiage.

 Nobody made these guys volunteer for the armed services, but the line and staff of the military services DID make them go to war.  Sure, they knew and accepted the risks, because they were patriots and because they recruiting staff did such a great sales job on them, why they actually promised them that the Veterans Administration and the Federal Government WOULD take care of any medical and rehabilitation bills they might encounter as a result of their sacrifices.

NOW THEY WHINE, etc.    False
That is not a whine, you silly goose, that is the growing anger of a group of patriots and their compadres in civvies who have just about had enough of you and your idiocy.  Good God, Obama, even a kid knows how wrong you are to try to stick the very patriots who went to war for this country with the total costs of their own medical and rehabilitation expenses, especially after being promised that the national government would do so.

Yes, you were.  For money is the very lifeblood that keeps this country, and by extension, all its citizens healthy.  When you ask for money. you are asking for the butter on the jam on the jelly on the peanut butter on the toast that sustains the American economy.  You know, for a street organizer, you just aint got too many smarts, here, Obama.

You did.  But the selfishness is not with your fellow Americans, it is with you.  I know, Jeremiah Wright told you different.  But he was wrong.  Just as you are wrong on so many things.  Indeed, I haven't forund one single thing that you have been right about since you first popped on the scene.

Look, Obama may be a great Dad, a good husband, an all-round good fellow, BUT, he is also the worst walking disaster that the USA has ever known, at least among all those that I have had any current knowledge of (read that as while I have been alive.)  Great God Almighty, FDR was bad, Carter was worse, and Truman, Kennedy, Johnson, Clinton were no great shakes, but this, this, this, poseur of as President is going to take the whole darned country to Hell with him, unless the American people do wake up and carry such diatribes as that posted above with them, discuss such idiotic ravings, understand what it means to the American public as a whole. 

Remember that the president represents you in all foreign countries as well as here at home.  Are you proud of America as it is today?  Can you project four more years of this dedication to American destruction?  Could you actually go into the voting booth and vote for him?

I am only one who is pissed off.  Wonder how many more agree?

Monday, December 05, 2011


Interesting e-mail I received this past Sunday from my brother.

It is a forward and has been making the rounds for a few months. I was beginning to wonder if I was going to get an unexpurgated copy, after receiving expurgated ones.

So I pass it on via this blog, giving full credit to the original editorial author, Matt Patterson.

Quoth the e-mail>>>>>

Amazing that the Wash Post would actually print this re Obama.

The Washington Post

August 18, 2011


by Matt Patterson (columnist - Washington Post, New York Post, San Francisco Examiner)

Years from now, historians may regard the 2008 election of Barack Obama as an inscrutable and disturbing phenomenon, a baffling breed of mass hysteria akin perhaps to the witch craze of the Middle Ages. How, they will wonder, did a man so devoid of professional accomplishment beguile so many into thinking he could manage the world's largest economy, direct the world's most powerful military, execute the world's most consequential job?

Imagine a future historian examining Obama's pre-presidential life: ushered into and through the Ivy League despite unremarkable grades and test scores along the way; a cushy non-job as a "community organizer"; a brief career as a state legislator devoid of legislative achievement (and in fact, nearly devoid of his attention, so often did he vote "present") ; and finally, an unaccomplished single term in the United States Senate, the entirety of which was devoted to his presidential ambitions. He left no academic legacy in academia, authored no signature legislation as a legislator.

And then there is the matter of his troubling associations; the white-hating, America-loathing preacher who for decades served as Obama's "spiritual mentor"; a real-life, actual terrorist who served as Obama's colleague and political sponsor. It is easy to imagine a future historian looking at it all and asking: How on earth was such a man elected president?

Not content to wait for history, the incomparable Norman Podhoretz addressed the question recently in the Wall Street Journal: To be sure, no white candidate who had close associations with an outspoken hater of America like Jeremiah Wright and an unrepentant terrorist like Bill Ayers, would have lasted a single day. But because Mr. Obama was black, and therefore entitled in the eyes of liberaldom to have hung out with protestors against various American injustices, even if they were a bit extreme, he was given a pass.

Let that sink in: Obama was given a pass -- held to a lower standard -- because of the color of his skin.

Podheretz continues:

And in any case, what did such ancient history matter when he was also so articulate and elegant and (as he himself has said) "non-threatening," all of which gave him a fighting chance to become the first black president and thereby to lay the curse of racism to rest?

Podheretz puts his finger, I think, on the animating pulse of the Obama phenomenon -- affirmative action. Not in the legal sense, of course. But certainly in the motivating sentiment behind all affirmative action laws and regulations, which are designed primarily to make white people, and especially white liberals, feel good about themselves.

Unfortunately, minorities often suffer so that whites can pat themselves on the back. Liberals routinely admit minorities to schools for which they are not qualified, yet take no responsibility for the inevitable poor performance and high drop-out rates which follow. Liberals don't care if these minority students fail; liberals aren't around to witness the emotional devastation and deflated self-esteem resulting from the racist policy that is affirmative action. Yes, racist.

Holding someone to a separate standard merely because of the color of his skin -- that's affirmative action in a nutshell, and if that isn't racism, then nothing is. And that is what America did to Obama.

True, Obama himself was never troubled by his lack of achievements, but why would he be? As many have noted, Obama was told he was good enough for Columbia despite undistinguished grades at Occidental; He was told he was good enough for the US Senate despite a mediocre record in Illinois; he was told he was good enough to be president despite no record at all in the Senate. All his life, every step of the way, Obama was told he was good enough for the next step, in spite of ample evidence to the contrary.

What could this breed if not the sort of empty narcissism on display every time Obama speaks?

In 2008, many who agreed that he lacked executive qualifications nonetheless raved about Obama's oratory skills, intellect, and cool character. Those people -- conservatives included -- ought now to be deeply embarrassed. The man thinks and speaks in the hoariest of cliches, and that's when he has his TelePrompter in front of him; when the Prompter is absent he can barely think or speak at all. Not one original idea has ever been issued from his mouth -- it's all warmed-over Marxism of the kind that has failed over and over again for 100 years.

And what about his character? Obama is constantly blaming anything and everything else for his troubles. Bush did it; it was bad luck; I inherited this mess. It is embarrassing to see a president so willing to advertise his own powerlessness, so comfortable with his own incompetence. But really, what were we to expect? The man has never been responsible for anything, so how do we expect him to act responsibly?

In short; our president is a small, and small-minded man, with neither the temperament nor the intellect to handle his job.

When you understand that, and only when you understand that, will the current erosion of liberty and prosperity make sense. It could not have gone otherwise with such a man in the Oval Office.