Saturday, March 26, 2022

FREE STUFF - The Rogersville Review 2-9-2022 Opinion by Ralph Petersen (published 3-26-2022; updated 3-27-2022; article #311)


Well, I hope that y'all endured another work week well enough. On 3/26/2022, at 4:30 PM, as I begin to write, the high pressure system provides crisp, blue sky. The wind, however, is trying to move the foundation of our house!

Mrs. Appalachian Irishman is watching, very concernedly, the Tennessee Lady Vols “Sweet 16” basketball game, against the Louisville someones. As a “Lady Vols widower,” I begin to write. By the way, several years ago, my wife and her father attended almost every Lady Vols home game – even on a work day. I started calling myself a “Lady Vols widower,” back then.

My father-in-law attained age “8.3,” on Thursday, 3/24/2022. My wife saw him. I called him, after having worked at the office that day.

Free Stuff (2/9/2022, by Ralph Petersen)

We get my hometown newspaper, The Rogersville Review, by paper deliver and by “Interweb” access. We pay for it. It's worth the cost.

I have had this article in rough draft, since 2/9/2022. I might as well finish and publish it – while I wait to see if the Lady Vols win or lose. Mrs. Appalachian Irishman's moans or hollers will give me updates, as I write.

You must have a paid subscription, to see The Rogersville Review, Wednesday, 2/9/2022, Midweek Edition, page 4A, Opinion column, “Always Right, Sometimes Wrong: Free Stuff,” by Ralph Petersen. In that article, Ralph Petersen wrote, “When their personal suckling places, at the government sow’s teats, are in danger of drying up, they will usually vote to keep their milk flowing.” He added, “this country is in danger of economic collapse.” I like Ralph Petersen's writing style! It reminds me of mine! I am sure that he speaks as he writes, as I do.

By the way, the Rogersville Main Street website mentions many fine businesses, in my home town. Ralph Petersen's Olde Towne Emporium (open Wednesday - Saturday, 11 AM to 5 PM) is listed as one fine business. If you stop by, tell him that the Appalachian Irishman sent you! I may have to drop by there, on a Saturday, one of these days.

I have cited US Debt Clock and USA Debt Clock several times, in many articles. Watching those debt numbers increase, by the second, makes my head spin! The Monopoly money spending spree continues by the second – as this once great nation advances rapidly toward “Socialist Utopian Oblivion.”

I coined “Socialist Utopian Oblivion,” at the conclusion of my article, “5/2/2021, SUNDAY: POLY-TICS SMORGASBORD CATCH-UP (#2).” Do a “Gaggle” search of “Socialist Utopian Oblivion.” It will show links to two of my website articles – only. Y'all are welcome to use my coined phrase.

Ralph Petersen is a wise and educated man. His columns make sense. I have read and will continue to read each one. One article that caught my eye was in late October of 2021. He wrote a pithy article, titled “Grammatical Gender Confusion Disorder.” I wish that I'd saved the PDF or the print, of that edition. The Rogersville Review website search feature is rather cumbersome to use. Basically, he argued, as I have done, that a person has either an innie or an outie. An innie is a girl. An outie is a boy. There are no other options. Ralph Petersen made hay, about how some folks use “they,” incorrectly, when meaning “he” or “she.” That improper use of grammar makes my ears hurt!

If Ralph Petersen's e-mail address is valid, I will e-mail him, after I've published this article – to brag on him and to let him know that my website has mentioned him.


That “Sweet 16” basketball game is about half way done, as I can figure. I'm finishing up this article – in my home office. Mrs. Appalachian Irishman is a stone's throw away – in the living room. I have not heard a sound from her, as I have been writing.

Free stuff means that folks, who vote for the ones who provide the milk, suck the udders of the “cows” that feed them. That's been going on far too long, in this once great nation. It will lead to the utter end – eventually.

Y'all figure out that last paragraph. The wise will.

Update 3-27-2022

Now that I have more time, I have “beefed up” this article. Y'all like beef? “It's what's for dinner.”

For subscribers to The Rogersville Review, the link – at The Rogersville Review, Wednesday, 10/20/2021, Midweek Edition, on page 4A, in the Opinions Section – to the article, by Ralph Petersen, is: “Always Right, Sometimes Wrong: Grammatical Gender Confusion Disorder”.

Note: by “live article view,” the 10/24/2021 date is not correct. In “replica view,” the article is in the Wednesday, 10/20/2021, edition. One may select either “live article view” or “replica view.”

By the way, the Lady Vols did not have a “Sweet 16” win yesterday. I'm glad that “March madness” is winding down! Mrs. Appalachian Irishman seemed to think that the Lady Vols would lose. She didn't do any “cussin'” or “fussin'.”

Don't suck too much on the “govrmint” tit. The utter end is coming – perhaps sooner than we realize. The Monopoly money will run dry – eventually.

Friday, March 25, 2022

TECHNICAL DIFFICULTY -- E-MAIL NOTICES (published 3-25-2022; updated 9-4-2023; article #310)

9/4/2023 addendum: Website analytics show that this 3/25/2022 article had two views, in the last 24 hours. I'd wondered what I'd written. This website now has a “Free Email Subscription” section that works! By the way, happy Labor Day! Today, in 1901, my maternal grandfather, Aby William Wood (9/4/1901 - 3/14/1983) was born. Yesterday, in 1959, Mom (Betty Lou Wood Ferrell, 11/24/1932 - 12/27/2000) and Dad (Earl Ferrell, 9/17/1927 - 1/25/2008) were married. Yesterday afternoon, Mrs. Appalachian Irishman and I, in our '06 Frontier, visited my youngest brother and his family. I joined the table tennis match! As well as I recall, that was the first time that I'd played table tennis, since about 1993. The game came back to me quite quickly. If I'd play it more often, I might regain the ability that I'd had back then.


Technical difficulties are always so much “fun.” My website is having one.

“Sorry we are having Technical Difficulties message on a black keyboard,” ID 213434845 © Karenr | Free photos, public domain.

E-Mail Notices

The “Get E-mail Notices When I Post - I Won't See Your E-Mail Address” section of my website is down. Blogtrottr is not working, as it had been doing. I had been getting e-mails to myself, when I published articles. That’s my internal check, to ensure e-mails are being sent, to those who subscribe. I can’t see e-mail subscribers names or e-mail addresses -- not even my own!

I haven’t received e-mails on my last several published articles. Today, I e-mailed Blogtrottr, which replied. Blogtrottr and I are working on the correction.


This technical difficulty will be overcome! Technical “fun” still makes me think back on my 3/9/2006 article, “Give Me a Horse and a Dirt Road!

I’m looking at another option, on SendPulse. We will see. Stand by!

Sunday, March 20, 2022

2022 SLAVIC WAR: THE RUSSIAN INVASION OF THE UKRAINE – DAY 25 (published 3-20-2022; article #309)


On International Women's Day (3/8/2022), I published “2022 Slavic War: the Russian Invasion of the Ukraine.” I wish that 300th article had not been a sad one. It was.

This article marks day 25 of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Various media sources are filled with daily and sad details.

The Moscow Times

When Mrs. Appalachian Irishman and I lived in Moscow, Russia (10/1/1994 - 9/30/1999), we enjoyed picking up and reading free issues of The Moscow Times. We probably still have paper editions, stored in the basement. Anyone may sign up for weekly emails, from The Moscow Times, to read articles. That source has not yet been shut down. Anyone, who wishes to do so, may contribute to their work.

Among several informative articles, I will reference one. It is “‘My Father Said I’m a Traitor Who Should Be Shot First’: War in Ukraine Splits Russian Families,” The Moscow Times, by James Beardsworth, updated March 15, 2022. The internal conflict in Russia is often generational. The Russian media, which Putin dictates, are propagandists, not neutral commentators.

That article contains a link to a BBC News Russian website article, titled “Поддерживают ли россияне войну в Украине? Смотря как спросить,” 8 марта 2022. The article has several very good informational details. The English translation is available. I read the original Russian, admittedly slower and with more difficulty than I could have done in English.

That BBC Russia article links to the website Do Russians Want War? (English version). The website contains volumes of excellent information. The “about” section contains the following:

The research project "Do Russians Want War?" has been designed by a Russian opposition politician Alexei Miniailo and the like-minded (sociologists, analytics, data-analysts). Our aim is to speak up on how the war with Ukraine is being perceived in Russia. To give reliable, truthful, verifiable information, we hold regular polls, focus groups, social media research. We analyze the results, discuss them with the best Russian independent researchers and share them with you. We plan to release updates every couple of weeks.

The Do Russians Want War? website links to a TAZEROS LLC online source that contains an information dashboard. The website has details on several subjects, not only the Russian invasion of Ukraine.


I pray that the 2022 Slavic War will end soon, in peace. Brothers should not fight brothers. Vladimir Putin and his minions need to go directly to the Hadean Realm as quickly as possible, before even more die. Ukraine was not without its faults; however, that nation does not deserve Putin's atrocities.

Dear Lord, I have the will, but not the power. Will You use Your omnipotence to stop this Slavic War? This is my prayer, in Christ's name. Amen.

SSG. RYAN KNAUSS - THE WHOLE IN THE WORLD RE-VISITED (published 3-20-2022; article #308)


The first four articles today were either boring or very funny. This fifth article today, along with the next (or final) article, are serious. I hope that you are still with me!

This article is further commentary on my article “The Whole in the World (published 8/29/2021).” I have seen the memorial before. Yesterday, I paused to take two photographs. The memorial is near the north entrance to Weigels Store #39, where we buy gasoline that costs a brick of gold.

The Two Photographs

No further commentary is needed.

The above photograph captures the American flag, almost fully extended. The wind was blowing from the west.


The 8/29/2021 article did not mention SSG. RYAN KNAUSS by name. I state his name now. Our small community was still in shock, when I wrote that article. Now, folks are getting along well enough – despite all the bad news that we see and hear.

Yesterday, during one errand, I passed an older man. He was wearing a Vietnam veteran cap. I stopped. I said, “Cap.” He understood. I looked him in the eyes. I said, “Thank you for your service. Welcome back.” He replied, “Thank you.” We parted and continued our separate errands.

SSG. RYAN KNAUSS, I did not know you. Thank you for your service – and for your ultimate sacrifice for this country. I wish that folks, in this once great nation, would live in honor of your sacrifice.



The weather yesterday (Saturday, 3/19/2022) was mostly cloudy. Mrs. Appalachian Irishman and I did the usual errands and chores. Amazingly, she “felt her oats” well enough to shop vacuum the basement condominium for Molly (our ol' puppy)! She even helped a cousin set up his new semi-intelligent phone (which is similar to ours).

After another best clip haircut, at Tony's Best Clips, my '06 Frontier had a good hand wash, at Synergy Auto Wash – Halls. Then, I managed to find enough items for Molly, at the Tractor Supply. I had to use one of our bricks of gold, to fill up my truck. Even at the half-full mark, it cost me a brick of gold! “I am not kidding, folks.” (Who says that? Isn't it the first President of the USSA?)

UnUnited States Post Office ( Email

The Ununited States Postal Service (USPS) website provides an option to sign up for free emails, which inform folks of postal mail that will be coming. I signed up months ago.

Yesterday, at 8:37 AM, USPS emailed me about the mail that we'd get that day. Mail arrives as early as 11 AM or as late as 2 PM. Usually, the mailman delivers at about 12 PM. The reason for the variations is unknown.

The email indicated that the arriving USSA government mail would tell us how to get free at-home COVID-19 tests! I was very excited! Don't worry! My sarcastic tongue is placed firmly in my cheek!

I kept wondering when the mail would arrive. We were already back home, after the errands. Finally, at 4:29 PM, the mailman arrived! That set the record for the latest delivery ever! The USSA advertisement for free at-home COVID-19 tests wasn't there! I thought that we had been robbed!

I opened the USPS email again. Earlier, I had not read the fine print. The image below is from yesterday's USPS email. Can you read the fine print?


We were not robbed! The USPS email had included a federal government advertisement that offered free made-in-China test kits, to test for the China virus! The fine print states, “No physical mail is associated with this notification.”

Okay, y'all, keep laughing! Laughter is good for the soul!

TENNESSEE “BLUE PLATE SPECIAL” LICENSE PLATES – 180 OPTIONS! (published 3-20-2022; article #306)


Are y'all still with me? This third article, of six today, is the halfway point! Hopefully, this one gets a bit more interesting and entertaining!

This is a follow-up to my 9/21/2021 article, “Rate the Plates is On! (published 9/21/2021).” That was a funny article, if I do say so myself!

Blue Plate Special

Sadly, despite my valiant efforts, on 9/21/2021, the vote early and often gang won. The Tennessee Department of Revenue has announced the winning plate design. It was the “blue plate special.” The image, below, is from the TN Department of Revenue, Automobile Plate (In God We Trust) page.

The minority of atheists out there have the option to remove “in God we trust.” I suggest that atheists figure out how to trust the Good Lord, before it's too late!

For Tennessee readers, I am sure that you either have the plate on your vehicle or have seen the plate on vehicles. Our 2008 Honda Civic has to get a new plate next month. Our 2006 Nissan Frontier has to get a new plate in December.

License Plate Options!

Most folks, whom I know, do not care for the “blue plate special.” There are other options!

The good ol' TN Department of Revenue offers “over 100 specialty license plates.” (That's a quote from their website.) They even have a YouTube video, to brag about the options. (You can click, to skip the advertisement.)

“Over 100” is an understatement! I counted 180 specialty plates! Mrs. Appalachian Irishman is selecting the specialty plate for her car.

I have four specialty plates in the running for my truck: American Eagle Foundation, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Friends of the Smokies, or Support Our Troops. The list is in alphabetical order.


I smell a conspiracy! I speculate that, somehow, the Tennessee Department of Revenue picked the ugliest plate of the original options, for which they wanted anyone -- legal, illegal, in state, out of state, in country, or international -- to vote.

The Tennessee Department of Revenue hoped that many folks would pay extra, to get those nicer “specialty plates.” That's what Mrs. Appalachian Irishman and I will do! We will donate to a couple of good causes, just to avoid the ugly “blue plate special!”



This is an update to my article of 10/2/2021, “Knox County Schools: Corona Myopia Psychosis Gone Insane! (published 10/2/2021).” The insanity may be winding down, finally.

From 9/24/2021 to 3/14/2022

The Knox County Tennessee Schools website has a page that tracks the history of this masked insanity, from 9/24/2021 to the most recent entry of 3/14/2022. The information is available at The following quote is from 3/14/2022.

U.S. District Judge Ronnie Greer granted on Monday, March 14, the joint motion to lift the mask mandate while the Board of Education and the plaintiffs are undergoing the mediation process.

This means that when students and staff return to school on Monday, March 21, masks will not be required, until further notice. However, students and staff may still wear a mask if they choose.


On Monday, 3/14/2022, while I was working from home, my thoughts were on Papaw Aby William Wood (9/4/1901 - 3/14/1983). He was, and is still, my maternal grandfather. Searching this website finds several articles that mention Papaw Wood. I wear his middle name proudly.

The masked insanity in Knox County Schools should never have started. The total lack of common sense has been appalling!

MARCH MADNESS 2022 – IF ANYONE CARES (published 3-20-2022; article #304)


Howdy, y'all! Are your minds and eyes engaged, to read for a while? Despite the warm and sunny weather, I prefer to write and not hike. I have six articles to publish today! This is the first one.

The articles will become more profound, starting with this “if anyone cares” article, as the least profound. I apologize to readers, who are Tennessee college basketball fanatics -- including Mrs. Appalachian Irishman!

Tennessee Basketball in March

The men's team, on Friday, March 11, 2022, won the SEC Tournament Championship. They beat Mississippi State, 72-59. That was the first SEC Championship that the men's team had won in several years or decades. I don't keep track of that stuff.

The men entered the “March Madness” tournament. On Thursday, 3/17/2022, St. Patrick's Day, they won Round One: #3 Tennessee 88, #14 Longwood 56. Happy belated St. Patrick's Day, by the way, to y'all!

For Round Two, yesterday (Saturday), March 19, 2022, they lost: #11 Michigan 76, #3 Tennessee 68. That was one of those bracket-busting upsets. Once again, Tennessee has no “Sweet 16” appearance.

Mrs. Appalachian Irishman is fond of the Lady Vols. They didn't win the SEC Tournament Championship. I have forgotten the date and which team beat them. Mrs. Appalachian Irishman remembers.

Yesterday, however, the Lady Vols won Round One, of their “March Madness:” #4 Tennessee 80, #13 Buffalo 67.

Round Two will be tomorrow, at 7 PM. The Lady Vols will play #12 Belmont. I reckon that the television will have to be on whatever channel for the game -- not on the Gunsmoke channel, as usual.


From courtside, this is the Appalachian Irishman signing off, from his March Madness update. I thought that you might be bored. I was, while writing this article!

Let's move on to the second article, of six in total, today!

Saturday, March 19, 2022

“SUNSHINE PROTECTION ACT OF 2021" (published 3-19-2022; updated 3-20-2022; article #303)


Howdy, y'all! I hope that my readers are doing well. In the last seven days, my viewer total is: national (USSA 214) and international (Sweden 46, Germany 16, Russia 7, Canada 6, India 4, China 2, Singapore 2, Ukraine 2, Czechia 1, France 1, United Kingdom 1, Italy 1, Portugal 1). That is 304 national and international readers, in the last seven days – as of 3/19/2022, 4 PM.

My national and international viewer total is: this month, as of 3/19/2022, 4 PM, 1063. (The March total keeps increasing). February total was 1635. March is on track to match or be higher than February. I have two other website accounts. I can track viewers on one of the two accounts.

I wish that my analytics tracked my USSA viewers by state. It doesn't. I know, however, that I have many readers in Tennessee. Now that I have established my credibility, again, I will engage the topic of this article.

Sunshine Protection Act of 2021"

What? How can the USSA federal “govrmint” protect sunshine? Only the Good Lord can do that! is the official website for U.S. federal legislative information.” (That's a quote from the website, folks!)

On 3/9/2021, Senator Marco Rubio (“Republicant,” Florida) introduced, in the USSA Senate, the “Sunshine Protection Act of 2021” (S.623), in the 117th Congress (2021 - 2022). I had not heard about this insanity, until a day or two ago.

On 3/15/2022, Tuesday, the USSA Senate passed that bill (S.623) by unanimous vote. Every Senator voted in favor of this insanity!

See, for proof! The USSA Senate is fiddling, while Rome burns? Really? I am stunned!

Y'all can read the text of the bill at I read some of it, until I became bored.

Tennessee Senators Blackburn and Hagerty - Shock!

For my Tennessee readers, did you know that Senators Marsha Blackburn and Bill Hagerty are two of the eighteen co-sponsors? Hagerty co-sponsored on 3/9/2021. Blackburn co-sponsored on 3/16/2021. The proof is at

Until now, I have agreed with Senators Blackburn and Hagerty. They are trying to stop, or slow down, the USSA (started 1/6/2021) slide into Socialist Utopian Oblivion. (See my 1/11/2021 article on the start of the USSA.)

Today, I had a delayed shock, by Senators Blackburn and Hagerty! They co-sponsored this insane bill, in March of 2021! I did not know – until today!

Action Today

I will publish this article today! Afterward, I will send emails as follows.

(1) To Senator Marsha Blackburn, via Her Senate website, Washington DC address, and phone number are:

357 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-3344

(2) To Senator Bill Hagerty, via His Senate website, Washington DC address, and phone number are:

248 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-4944

My two emails will link to this article and include my strong words of opposition to this insanity!

(3) To Congressman Tim Burchett, via His House website, Washington DC address, and phone number are:

1122 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-5435

My email will link to this article and include my strong words of support to stop this insanity from passing the USSA House!

Further Action

On 3/21/2022, Monday, I plan to send postal letters, to the above stated three, to their above stated Washington DC addresses. Also, I plan to call each of the above stated three phone numbers – to stand my ground!

This Appalachian Irishman will not back down! The insanity is far too blatant! The USSA Senate, at least, is fiddling while Rome burns! I will do all that I can to stop the insanity!


Earlier today, as I did my Saturday errands, I spoke with various folks on this topic. None of them had been aware of this insanity – until I told them. I asked each one to check my website article today (once published) and to take action. To a person, everyone agreed with me, agreed to read my website article, and agreed to take action with me.

I plan to call Phil Williams (on News Talk 98.7), at 865-656-8255, on 3/21/2022, Monday. I'll take a five-minute break, on my work-at-home day. (Yes, I still do the same job, working at home Monday through Wednesday but at the “Hadean Realm” office on Thursdays and Fridays. I've been doing this since 2/1/2021.)

I have only begun to fight the insanity! Papaw Marion Ferrell (4/13/1880 - 11/21/1970) hated “govrmint” time. He left this world when I was age ten. I remember. I wear his first name in honor. (He had no middle name.)

In December and January, do y'all want to arrive at work – in the dark? Do y'all want to know that children arrive at school – in the dark? “Daylight Savings Time” is a lie! It does not “save time!” It only moves the sun forward one hour. Now, the morning hour is darker for about a month. The evening hour is longer. Do y'all want that insanity to continue? I didn't think so!

STOP “govrmint time!” Don't even use the “spring forward” then “fall back” insanity! End “govrmint time!” Y'all can research the origin of “govrmint time,” as I have done. I won't go into details now.

Please, to my USSA readers, help me stop the insanity! The win or loss is unknown. I, for one, will fight this trivial insanity as hard as I can. The USSA “govrmint” does NOT need to fiddle while Rome burns! I have spoken! I will continue to speak!

Sunday, March 20, 2022 ADDENDUM

On March 20, 2022, I have added the following addendum. The information is from If you check that website, you will be able to find data by month and year, as I did. I reviewed November 2021 through March 2022 data.

Remember to add an hour, from November 7, 2021 to March 12, 2022! The USSA ran on STANDARD TIME from 11/7/2021 through 3/12/2022.

If the “Sunshine Protection Act of 2021" becomes law, then, for example, the sun would not rise until 8:47 AM, from January 1 through January 11 – of any given future year.

Do you want school-aged children arriving at school in the dark? Do you want to work almost an hour before the sun rises? I did not think so!

Check the website I referenced, if you doubt me. I have saved the raw data in a document on my personal computer.