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playground player
Member since Oct-01-06 · Last seen Oct-20-17
NJ--no rating. Favorites, Morphy, Marshall, Anderssen. Played a lot as a teen, then let it go for 40 years. Trying to reconstitute myself as a chess player.

Meanwhile, let this forum serve as a refuge from wild-eyed loony leftism. Here there will be no admiration for Hugo Chavez, Castro, or any of the other tin-pot dictators admired by chess players from the safety of freedom-loving Western democracies. Here will be found a premise that most of the nations of the world today are governed by Godless fools. Ours, too, unfortunately.

I was also going to say some uncomplimentary things about Queen Pawn games, the Sicilian and the French Defenses, Semi-Slav games, and a few other chess matters. But as those are purely questions of personal taste, I have chosen to leave them alone.

Since setting up this forum, I have also had several novels published: "Bell Mountain," "The Cellar Beneath the Cellar," and "The Thunder King." For more information about them (and me), visit my website, http://leeduigon.com/

Update, much delayed: my fourth book, "The Last Banquet," came out last year, and my fifth, "The Fugitive Prince," I expect to be published sometime this Spring. For book covers and free sample chapters, visit my blog.

Update again: "The Fugitive Prince" is out now and the next project is "The Palace." Editing is well advanced, but we're still waiting for a cover.

Update: "The Palace" is in print now along with No. 7, "The Glass Bridge," with No. 8, "The Temple," waiting in the wings. The first seven are all available via amazon.com.

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   playground player has kibitzed 5736 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-20-17 playground player chessforum
 
playground player: Why I'd rather not compel jerkwater football players to stand for the National Anthem: http://leeduigon.com/2017/10/20/don...
 
   Oct-18-17 Anderssen vs Zukertort, 1865
 
playground player: I see the name of Adolf Anderssen, and I know it's gonna be great.
 
   Sep-22-17 jessicafischerqueen chessforum (replies)
 
playground player: <jessicafischerqueen> Here are the gumboots that you ordered, madam. Really! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDo...
 
   Sep-12-17 F Rhine vs D Burris, 1997 (replies)
 
playground player: I kept asking myself, "When's he gonna castle?"
 
   Aug-13-17 Big Pawn chessforum (replies)
 
playground player: <Big Pawn> "Alt-right" is a label made up by leftids to describe something that probably does not exist.
 
   Aug-03-17 Karjakin vs Morozevich, 2009 (replies)
 
playground player: Does this pun hark back to "Release the Kraken!" in <Duel of the Titans>?
 
   Aug-02-17 F Thorbergsson vs Tal, 1964 (replies)
 
playground player: The promo for Guess the Move used to say, "Can you play like Tal?" Could anyone say "yes"?
 
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Oct-15-17  optimal play: So <cormier>'s a Loretta Lynn fan?

I agree she's pretty good.

Here's an old Catholic hymn set to a contemporary arrangement and performed beautifully...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fyV...

Sweet Sacrament Divine ~ Marilla Ness

Oct-16-17
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  cormier: Gospel

"To this generation no sign will be given it, except the sign of Jonah."

Oct-16-17
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  cormier: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings...
Oct-16-17
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  playground player: <Optimal Play> I'm about to post "Sweet Sacrament" on my blog. We Protestants--for what that label is worth, anymore--have sacraments, too. We just can't name them.

I have also posted some remarks on the vandalized church. Look for **a lot** more of it if the Yessies win.

http://leeduigon.com/20017/10/16/no...

Oct-16-17  optimal play: <playground player> I like many Protestant hymns. I recall one you posted awhile back, John Bunyan's 'He Who Would Valiant Be', even though it sounds like an Orangeman marching song.

It's noticeable with the rise of atheist secularism, big sodomy and radical Islam, that various Christian churches; Catholic, Anglican, Orthodox & Protestant, are coming together to resist the forces of evil. For so long they argued amongst each other but now must stand united against their common enemies.

And the baby & the corgi are cute. The baby keeps tugging on the balloon to entice the corgi to try and get it but the dog keeps looking up as if to say "This is impossible". Great fun though, maybe this is why the Queen keeps corgis?

Oct-17-17
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  cormier: Gospel

"But as to what is within, give alms,
and behold, everything will be clean for you"

Oct-17-17
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  cormier: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings...
Oct-17-17
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  playground player: <Optimal Play> John Bunyan's hymn, "He Who Would Valiant Be," was originally titled "To Be a Pilgrim," and it's one of my favorites. In my blog archives you can find a knockout rendition of it by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band, posted on perhaps too many occasions. I hope you can find it and enjoy it.

It's long past time the various denominations of the Holy Catholic Church got together and worked together for good. God in this age has richly endowed us with enemies. I speak as a Protestant whose aunt was a nun: how I wish she was still around to talk to!

Did I tell you I got a hit yesterday, for the first time ever, from Vatican City? I must give a shout-out to Cardinal Raymond Burke.

Oct-17-17
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  playground player: <Optimal Play> Never mind the archives; here it is.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5yH...

Oct-17-17
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  OhioChessFan: https://answersingenesis.org/what-i...

<Those who claim America is brimming with science deniers usually point to the “denial” of two things—evolution and man-made climate change. Denying, or even questioning, these is considered a denial of science, as if somehow denying these models is equivalent to denying all of the scientific knowledge from a wide variety of scientific fields from particle physics to immunology to chemistry to forestry to obstetrics to space exploration to computer programming. This is a ludicrous claim.>

Yep, yep. That last line bears repeating:

<This is a ludicrous claim.>

If you do a search of this site of climate denial, you'll find the usual suspects making the same false claims in the very fashion cited.

Oct-17-17
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  playground player: <OhioChessFan> I think their position is that, if you don't believe in Climbit Change, and sea slugs gradually evolving into "climate scientists," you aren't allowed to believe in any Science. Because science is always right and always true, blah-blah. That's why they've got their little lawn signs that say "Science is Real" and "Black Lives Matter" and "I'm Still With Her."

Thank goodness there's never any politics involved in Science.

Oct-17-17  optimal play: <playground player: ... God in this age has richly endowed us with enemies.> You know, The Lord works in mysterious ways and it just may be part of His master plan that the rise of atheist secularism, big sodomy and radical Islam are intended to shake His followers out of their torpor & division, and revive their fidelity and devotion to Him.

<Did I tell you I got a hit yesterday, for the first time ever, from Vatican City? I must give a shout-out to Cardinal Raymond Burke.> Are you on friendly terms with a cardinal? Maybe the hit was from Francis himself?

<Never mind the archives; here it is. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5yH... It's a great song! Rousing and inspiring! The lyrics are non-denominational despite the picture at 2:00 ;) I've read 'The Pilgrim's Progress' and can appreciate it as a classic.

Oct-18-17
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  playground player: <optimal play> Here's another little treat in store for Australia, if you vote yes for pseudomarriage: A requirement that you ***must*** "affirm" gay marriage, or else lose your career. It has just happened to a colonel in the Air Force.

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017...

Funny, isn't it? Kazillionaire football players can't be forced to stand for the National Anthem, but the government can force a Christian to say things that lacerate his conscience.

Somehow the freedom to speak got pried loose from the freedom not to speak.

Leftids are so good at doing things like that.

Oct-18-17
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  diceman: <OhioChessFan: https://answersingenesis.org/what-i...

<Those who claim America is brimming with science deniers usually point to the “denial” of two things>>

Only two?

I'm a government competence denier.
I'm a government is honest denier.
I'm a government cares denier.
I'm a government is benevolent denier.

With decades of lies and failure, at a cost of trillions. 30 year computer models aren't required.

After all, budgets exist.
Doesn't mean the government will be balancing one anytime soon.

Oct-18-17
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  Robed.Bishop: <optimal play: You know, The Lord works in mysterious ways and it just may be part of His master plan that the rise of atheist secularism, big sodomy and radical Islam are intended to shake His followers out of their torpor & division, and revive their fidelity and devotion to Him.>

Why do you qualify your statement by saying "may be a part?" It either is or it isn't. If it is, well then it's God's will. If it isn't, well how does that happen?

All knowing means He knows it is occurring but doesn't act. Knowing that He has the power to act but doesn't strongly implies that He, for whatever reason, is allowing it to happen.

When you couple "all knowing" with "all powerful" one must conclude that when God created Earth, He knew the outcome.

Oct-18-17
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  playground player: <Robed.Bishop> Oh, He knows, all right.

But God does not act hastily. If He did, there'd be none of us left.

Oct-18-17  optimal play: <playground player: <optimal play> Here's another little treat in store for Australia, if you vote yes for pseudomarriage: A requirement that you ***must*** "affirm" gay marriage, or else lose your career. It has just happened to a colonel in the Air Force. http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017...

Funny, isn't it? Kazillionaire football players can't be forced to stand for the National Anthem, but the government can force a Christian to say things that lacerate his conscience.

Somehow the freedom to speak got pried loose from the freedom not to speak.

Leftids are so good at doing things like that.>

These concerns have been raised repeatedly by the "No to same-sex marriage" coalition and are always dismissed as "scaremongering" and "alarmism" by the "Yes to same-sex marriage" lobby.

When the Coalition for Traditional Marriage points to specific examples in the USA and Europe, such as the one you identified, the "Yes" group simply responds "Oh that won't happen here!" and continue on with denunciations of their opponents as bigots and homophobes.

<Robed.Bishop: <optimal play: You know, The Lord works in mysterious ways and it just may be part of His master plan that the rise of atheist secularism, big sodomy and radical Islam are intended to shake His followers out of their torpor & division, and revive their fidelity and devotion to Him.>

Why do you qualify your statement by saying "may be a part?" It either is or it isn't. If it is, well then it's God's will. If it isn't, well how does that happen?

All knowing means He knows it is occurring but doesn't act. Knowing that He has the power to act but doesn't strongly implies that He, for whatever reason, is allowing it to happen.

When you couple "all knowing" with "all powerful" one must conclude that when God created Earth, He knew the outcome.>

I think I know what you're getting at, which is the distinction between free-will and predestination.

I recall a discussion concerning this topic involving Calvinism on another forum which unsurprisingly ended inconclusively.

If God has a master plan then there's nothing anyone can do and history will just unfold accordingly.

If we all have free will then there is no plan and everything happens randomly.

We don't have a solution to that conundrum so we qualify any speculation with "The Lord works in mysterious ways" and "it just may be part of His master plan".

Of course this assumes that there is a master plan and yet we all have free will which apparently contradict each other.

If God is all-powerful and all-knowing and all-good then we assume there is a master plan which somehow incorporates human free will which allows evil and suffering.

Hence we must always qualify our statements when commenting upon "God's plan".

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Oct-18-17
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  cormier: Gospel

"The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few"

Oct-18-17
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  cormier: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings...
Oct-19-17
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  cormier: Gospel

"Therefore, the wisdom of God said,
'I will send to them prophets and Apostles;
some of them they will kill and persecute'
in order that this generation might be charged
with the blood of all the prophets
shed since the foundation of the world,
from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah"

Oct-19-17
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  cormier: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings...
Oct-20-17
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  playground player: <Steamed Colleagues> Meanwhile, it looks like the ol' trigger warnings might be turning into an impediment to education.

http://leeduigon.com/2017/10/20/tri...

Gee, what's the problem? You just delete from any Shakespeare play anything that might conceivably cause anyone at all to feel uncomfortable, and then study what's left.

That won't take long.

Oct-20-17
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  cormier: Gospel

« Even the hairs of your head have all been counted »

Oct-20-17
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  cormier: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings...
Oct-20-17
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  playground player: Why I'd rather not compel jerkwater football players to stand for the National Anthem:

http://leeduigon.com/2017/10/20/don...

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