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optimal play
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   Apr-20-18 Kenneth S Rogoff (replies)
 
optimal play: <HeMateMe: Oz warships travel through the south china sea: <http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world... Well done Aussies! All the democracies will have to stick together to keep china from shutting down this part of the world. How short sighted the Chinese are.> Yeah, the ...
 
   Apr-20-18 twinlark chessforum (replies)
 
optimal play: <visayanbraindoctor: <optimal play: Yes, those who never experienced the war crimes perpetrated by the Japanese in WWII can be rather smug in their condemnation of Truman> Well.. If you are implying that you think I am one of those, rest assured I am not.> I was ...
 
   Apr-18-18 playground player chessforum (replies)
 
optimal play: <Off Yourself in Style April 16, 2018> <at the annual Amsterdam Funeral wingding, an “euthanasia activist” from Australia displayed his hot new suicide machine> Philip Nitschke aka "Dr Death" is a very controversial figure down here and I'm pretty sure his latest ...
 
   Apr-17-18 technical draw chessforum (replies)
 
optimal play: <saffuna: I always turned to "The Lighter Side of..." first.> I used to start at the end of "The Lighter Side of..." without looking at the heading and then try to guess what the subject was for that issue as I read each cartoon.
 
   Apr-17-18 optimal play chessforum
 
optimal play: <morfishine> Thanks for your input. Apologies for my delay in replying but I've been away on holidays. Your comments seem to reflect the attitude of most supporters of the Second Amendment who value their rights and liberties whilst acknowledging the responsibilities ...
 
   Apr-04-18 W H Jonas vs G W Baynes, 1905
 
optimal play: 6...Nb4?! was a novelty. 10.e5! 15.f5! 16.fxe6! 17.Rf5! This game is from the 8th round of the New South Wales state championship played in Sydney on 29th August 1905. The final standings were:- Spencer Crakanthorp 9/10 William Henry Jonas 7/10 Thomas Mason Bradshaw ...
 
   Apr-03-18 thegoodanarchist chessforum (replies)
 
optimal play: Thank you. Just to update the survey: a) Do you own any guns? <playground player> No. <OhioChessFan> No. <thegoodanarchist> No. Intriguing result so far.
 
   Apr-03-18 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
 
optimal play: Attention American supporters of the Second Amendment! I'm presently conducting a survey on chessgames of American supporters of the Second Amendment. The survey question is this... As a supporter of the Second Amendment: a) Do you own any guns? b) If so, how many? c) What ...
 
   Mar-27-18 World Championship Candidates (2018) (replies)
 
optimal play: <Petrosianic: <optimal play>: <Has an Italian ever been World Champion?> Depends if you count Salvio and Greco. But Fabian isn't Italian, unless Italy annexed Miami when we weren't looking.> Thank you for that correction. I recall Fab was Italian Champion, ...
 
   Mar-26-18 Wesley So (replies)
 
optimal play: Good effort by Wesley to hold Karjakin to a draw. Of course a win would have been better but nevertheless, this may end up being instrumental in keeping Karjakin from winning the tournament. Anyway, good luck Wesley with the final game against Lev in the battle of the ...
 
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Mar-14-18
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  thegoodanarchist: Thank god for our first amendment, which protects our freedom of speech in the US.

That doesn't stop people from trying to censor, though!

When Obama nominated Merrick Garland to the SCOTUS, I was a bit incensed that the Senate blocked him.

But now, after learning how free speech is under assault in other countries, I am glad we have Gorsuch in there.

Future generations of Americans, those being born now, may have a different situation when they reach mid life.

Mar-14-18
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  optimal play: <thegoodanarchist> So your first amendment would prohibit the sort of law introduced in Canada making it illegal to refuse to refer to a transgender person by their preferred “gender pronoun”?

I'm encouraged by just how much support Jordan Peterson has received down here. Hopefully people are becoming more aware of the insidious Cultural Marxism creeping into our society and will put a stop to it before we go down the path of Canada and Sweden.

Mar-14-18
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  thegoodanarchist: <optimal play: <thegoodanarchist> So your first amendment would prohibit the sort of law introduced in Canada making it illegal to refuse to refer to a transgender person by their preferred “gender pronoun”?>

Well, if it can protect pornography and flag burning, then it can darn well protect people who call a boy a boy and a girl a girl

Mar-14-18
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  optimal play: <thegoodanarchist> Does the following contravene the first amendment?

<The California Senate recently passed a bill to fine and even imprison nursing home workers who fail to address patients by their preferred pronoun. Meanwhile, the New York City Commission on Human Rights issued a “guidance” to business owners requiring them to use a person’s preferred pronoun or face a fine of $125,000 for “misgendering.”>

https://www.crisismagazine.com/2017...

Pornography and flag burning are propagated by the Cultural Marxists and thus protected by free speech.

Calling a boy a boy and a girl a girl is normal and therefore an affront to Cultural Marxists, who consider it not free speech but hate speech.

Mar-16-18
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  thegoodanarchist: < optimal play: <thegoodanarchist> Does the following contravene the first amendment?>

Well, in all honesty, the biggest variable is how good of a lawyer you can hire.

I try not to think about that too much.

Mar-20-18
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  tpstar: <Minnesota officer charged with murder in Australian's death>

https://www.yahoo.com/news/minnesot...

Mar-20-18
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  optimal play: <tpstar> Yes, that led the news down here.

It took long enough just to get him charged.

Let's hope there will be justice for Justine.

Mar-29-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  optimal play: Happy Easter to all!

"And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, 'This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.'

Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, 'This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.'"

- Luke 22:19-20

Apr-03-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  optimal play: Attention American supporters of the Second Amendment!

I'm presently conducting a survey on chessgames of American supporters of the Second Amendment.

The survey question is this...

As a supporter of the Second Amendment:

a) Do you own any guns?

b) If so, how many?

c) What type?

d) Have you ever shot anyone? (optional)

Thanks in advance to all who choose to participate in this survey.

Apr-03-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  thegoodanarchist: <optimal play: Hello <tga>

I'm presently conducting a survey on chessgames of American supporters of the Second Amendment.

The survey question is this...

As a supporter of the Second Amendment:

a) Do you own any guns?>

No

<b) If so, how many?>

NA

<c) What type?>

NA, but if I did, I would own a 9 mm pistol, a shotgun and a rifle, as powerful as I could get for a reasonable price.

And then the answer to (b) would be 3, instead of zero.

<d) Have you ever shot anyone (optional)>

No.

<Thanking you in advance for your participation in this survey.>

Apr-03-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  optimal play: Survey update...

<Apr-03-18 HeMateMe: <I'm presently conducting a survey>

No, 4x4. I have owned guns, but no longer.>

<Apr-03-18 WannaBe: a) No (Currently)

d) No

It is rather interesting, while President Obama was in office, gun companys' stock went up. Because people feared regulations and restrictions. The opposite have happened with Trump. (You can google this...)

WannaBe: As a side note to my answer(s)...

California requires you to pass a basic proficiency test, and it is actually quite simple and logical. Just have been very lazy and not done it yet. And the background check. However, if worst comes, I have a good friend that lives close, and he have a lot of guns (ex-Air Force) and shoots pistols in competitions. So, if any Zombie apocalypse break out, I'm getting into my car and drive over there. Provided that my friend have not turned into a Zombie, yet. =))>

Still early results, but very interesting so far...

a) Do you own any guns?

<playground player> No.

<OhioChessFan> No.

<thegoodanarchist> No.

<HeMateMe> No.

<WannaBe> No.

That's five no's without a yes so far.

Apr-04-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  thegoodanarchist: So the advertising slogan practically writes itself:

"The Second Amendment - it's not just for gun nuts anymore"

Apr-04-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  diceman: <optimal play:

Still early results, but very interesting so far...

a) Do you own any guns?

<playground player> No.

<OhioChessFan> No.

<thegoodanarchist> No.

<HeMateMe> No.

<WannaBe> No.

That's five no's without a yes so far.>

See this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Mi...

Liberalism is a lie, that always has:

Plan A,
Plan B,
Plan C,

and so on.

I'll comment more after you watch.

Apr-04-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  thegoodanarchist: <diceman: See this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Mi...

I watched it, but really didn't need to. I live in NY state (fortunately not the city) and it is not nearly as bad, but still very difficult, to purchase a handgun upstate.

I feel like NY (both city and state) are violating the rights of their citizens.

But it takes a lot of time and money to fight the scum who run this state and suppress people's rights.

I'd love to see Trump send the US Justice Department after the "great" state of NY.

In fact, I might write to him and suggest it.

Apr-04-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  optimal play: <thegoodanarchist: So the advertising slogan practically writes itself:

"The Second Amendment - it's not just for gun nuts anymore">

lol

That's pretty good!

You ought to send it to the NRA's PR department.

:D)

<diceman> That youtube video seems to indicate that strict gun laws don't contravene the second amendment, otherwise New York couldn't get away with such stringent gun restrictions.

All Stossel and Martinez said is that they wanted to carry a gun "for protection"?!

That's kinda vague.

Maybe if they'd said "we need a gun to form a militia against a tyrannical government", they might have had more success?

The real issue is if these gun laws are reducing shootings in New York?

Anyway, as I've previously made clear, I have no opinion either way regarding gun laws in the USA since it doesn't affect me, but I was hoping my survey might clarify some issues regarding gun ownership in relation to the second amendment.

Apr-05-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  thegoodanarchist: <<diceman> That youtube video seems to indicate that strict gun laws don't contravene the second amendment, otherwise New York couldn't get away with such stringent gun restrictions.>

No, you are looking at it from an honorable, non-cynical point of view. Thinking that NYC (or any gov't entity) is trying to comply with our Bill of Rights, because it is the right thing to do.

What you need to know is, this is an <intentional> constitutional violation by NYC. And government entities do this stuff all the time!

They do it in hopes of changing the legal understanding or interpretation of the constitution.

If the courts rule for the government entities, then it sets case law precedent, and basically becomes the new paradigm. In the meantime, if no one takes it to court, then NYC basically gets to have it their own way, without respecting the constitution.

And it happens across the political spectrum. Liberal NYC is trying to get a court to make a stricter interpretation of 2A, but they aren't the only ones trying such tactics.

Folks attempting to outlaw abortion have done the same thing, passing very restrictive abortion laws in very conservative states. One of the Dakotas even banned abortion legally, IIRC. With the very intention of getting the law reviewed by the Supreme Court.

Most politicians are like this, despite swearing oaths to support and defend the constitution.

Apr-05-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  optimal play: <thegoodanarchist> I would guess the NYC local government believe their local gun laws don't contravene the federal constitution just as the Dakotas believe their local abortion laws don't also.

I'm only guessing of course but it seems to me that they believe that if and when their local laws are contested before the US Supreme Court, they would be vindicated, otherwise why would they knowingly pass unconstitutional laws in the first place only to see them struck down shortly thereafter?

That would make no sense!?

Surely opponents of gun legislation and abortion restrictions would rush to the Supreme Court and get those laws overturned?

I suppose "swearing oaths to support and defend the constitution" means supporting and defending your interpretation of it!?

Apr-05-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  optimal play: Okay, I don't think I'm going to get any further responses to my survey so here are the final results:

The survey question was...

As a supporter of the Second Amendment:
a) Do you own any guns?
b) If so, how many?
c) What type?
d) Have you ever shot anyone? (optional)

Answers:

a) Do you own any guns?

No (5)

<playground player>
<OhioChessFan>
<thegoodanarchist>
<HeMateMe>
<WannaBe>

Yes (2)

<TheFocus>
<Bobsterman3000>

In response to (b), (c) & (d) apparently nobody owns any military-grade assault rifles or has shot anybody.

Based on these results we can conclude the following:-

1. Support for the Second Amendment appears quite weak since out of all the Americans on chessgames only seven responded.

Now that's not to imply that no other Americans on chessgames support the Second Amendment. They simply may have not been bothered or interested to respond, or didn't see the survey, or perhaps were ashamed to admit it?

Nevertheless, there wasn't a wave of patriotic Americans showing their support for the Second Amendment, which is telling.

2. Over 70% of supporters of the Second Amendment don't own a gun, and of the less than 30% who do, none admitted to having a military-grade assault rifle.

This would be of great concern to those Americans who believe that they all need military-grade weaponry to defend their freedom against a tyrannical government gone rogue.

Apparently there's not going to be very many patriotic Americans sufficiently armed against the US government when that time comes!?

3. Supporters of the Second Amendment are a small minority, and of those supporters, gun owners are a small minority, and of those gun owners, military-grade weaponry is held by only a tiny minority of the populace.

Very interesting results.

Thank you to those seven chessgames members for your participation in this survey.

Apr-05-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: North Dakota did not ban abortion, they approved 6-week ban:

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/north-...

Arkansas have a 12-week ban (See above link) Mississippi may pass 15-week ban:

http://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/20...

The way U.S. law works is this:

Federal government pass(es) a law, the state, then county, even city can impose their own law, as long as it does not violate (higher) law.

So, by higher, I mean Federal (highest), state, county, city (lowest).

Example, in this case, Federal law prohibits abortion, or, in case of guns, banning guns.

So, what do states do? They pass their own law(s). You can own guns, but only non-automatic and the magazine can only hold 10-rounds (e.g. California).

Or in the case of abortion, it's legal, as long as its before 6-weeks, or 12- or 15- weeks of pregnancy.

See, legal, <BUT> it has to be before a certain week! Not in violation of federal law.

California passed a law in 2017, to buy tobacco (of any kind, cigarette, pipe, chew, or snuff) you have to be 21.

All other states, as far as I know, is 18. Not in violation of Federal Law.

Now, in theory, states, or county or city in U.S. can pass a law, only single shot derringers allowed.

That would be OK, it does not violate the (federal) law of owning guns, but it places a heavy restriction of what you <CAN> own.

Apr-05-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  optimal play: <WannaBe> That is exactly the situation in Australia, also a union of six states with a federal government, governed by a federal constitution with a federal High Court.
Apr-06-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  optimal play: Just an update to my survey.

Normally I wouldn't allow additional input after closure of the survey, however because <tpstar> is a good mate of mine, I have allowed his additional input in this instance as an exception to the rule.

Just a reminder, the survey question was...

As a supporter of the Second Amendment:
a) Do you own any guns?
b) If so, how many?
c) What type?
d) Have you ever shot anyone? (optional)

Answers:

a) Do you own any guns?

No (6)

<playground player>
<OhioChessFan>
<thegoodanarchist>
<HeMateMe>
<WannaBe>
<tpstar>

Yes (2)

<TheFocus>
<Bobsterman3000>

In response to (b), (c) & (d) apparently nobody owns any military-grade assault rifles or has shot anybody.

My earlier conclusions drawn from these results caused some consternation, therefore I will leave any possible interpretation open.

I will just note however that supporters of the Second Amendment, at least among chessgames members, appear to be very peaceful and non-violent people.

Thanks again to all who participated.

Apr-06-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  thegoodanarchist: < optimal play:

Surely opponents of gun legislation and abortion restrictions would rush to the Supreme Court and get those laws overturned?>

No, you cannot "rush" to the SCOTUS. You would have to take your case to a district court first, then an appellate court after that, if either side want to appeal.

I am neither a lawyer nor a judge, so I am not 100% certain of the order here. But to finally appeal to the SCOTUS takes several steps, and they may even decline to hear the case.

But in any event, you are talking years of time and huge legal fees.

Apr-08-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  morfishine: Sorry <optimal play> I was slow to your poll

a) Do you own any guns? <Yes>

c) What type? <A variety including 2 old shotguns my Dad left me, two .22 caliber varmint rifles, a deer rifle, a recreational black powder pistol, and two self defense pistols>.

d) Have you ever shot anyone? <No>

I support the 2nd amendment but believe stricter regulations are called for. I don't believe assault rifles should be so easily accessible. Just like any other thing in this society that requires licensing/verification/qualifications etc., owning a gun should also require strict qualifications.

Elderly people especially need self defense weapons for obvious reasons

*****

Apr-08-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  morfishine: Also <optimal play> I would like to add that while I support the 2nd amendment, I am not a huge fan of the NRA. I was forced to join the NRA when I was a member of the local gun club, but dropped membership when I left the club 5 years ago (club dues doubled).

Over time, I got the feeling the NRA is just running a huge fleece job, hiding behind the 2nd amendment. Time after time, we'd hear the news how the NRA "Won another battle", but "The war continues" blah, blah, blah.

You see, with them and congress, this is a never ending "war". Its all propaganda, a perpetual motion machine designed to perpetually fleece everybody who happens to support them.

Thats why I ended my membership at the gun club and the NRA

*****

Apr-17-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  optimal play: <morfishine> Thanks for your input.

Apologies for my delay in replying but I've been away on holidays.

Your comments seem to reflect the attitude of most supporters of the Second Amendment who value their rights and liberties whilst acknowledging the responsibilities which come with gun ownership.

It appears the NRA is becoming a refuge for "gun-nuts" who want to accumulate an arsenal of military-grade assault weapons for some upcoming war with their own government.

These paranoid "gun-nuts" who make up the NRA claim that their right to own an arsenal of military-grade assault weapons comes from the Founding Fathers, whom they are only vaguely familiar with, even claiming British Prime Minister William Pitt the Younger as one of them in their desperation to bolster their argument for unlimited, unrestricted, all-out free-for-all firearms access to any lunatic who wants to go to war against Washington D.C.

So anyway, just to update the survey:

As a supporter of the Second Amendment:
a) Do you own any guns?
b) If so, how many?
c) What type?
d) Have you ever shot anyone? (optional)

Answers:

a) Do you own any guns?

No (6)

<playground player>
<OhioChessFan>
<thegoodanarchist>
<HeMateMe>
<WannaBe>
<tpstar>

Yes (3)

<TheFocus>
<Bobsterman3000>
<morfishine>

In regard to (b), (c) & (d) it seems nobody owns any military-grade assault rifles or has shot anybody.

I will say that my survey has been very revealing in showing that the overwhelming majority of supporters of the Second Amendment are not even remotely "gun-nuts" but responsible citizens who care about individual rights and freedoms.

This is borne out by evidence that most Second Amendment supporters don't even own guns, and of the minority who do, they are not members of the NRA and support sensible firearm legislation.

No-one who took the survey has any military-grade assault weapons and don't appear to be hunkering down for a war against a tyrannical American government.

As to the tiny minority of "gun-nuts" out there who would never respond to my survey, they obviously don't speak for the majority of those Americans who support the Second Amendment, and who do not consider it necessary to even own a gun, let alone an arsenal of military-grade assault rifles for some imaginary war against their own government.

Thanks again to those nine respondents.

Your input to this important issue has been of great value and very enlightening.

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