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playground player
Member since Oct-01-06 · Last seen Jan-24-15
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.

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   playground player has kibitzed 4488 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jan-24-15 playground player chessforum (replies)
 
playground player: <optimal play> It may not be as satisfying as murder and arson, but there's something to be said for a "human rights" agency that can destroy or impoverish anyone whose beliefs offend you. Our American "human rights" industry has its eye on "rehabilitating" ...
 
   Jan-24-15 Phony Benoni chessforum
 
playground player: Ernie Banks brought a lot of joy into a lot of people's lives. I had the privilege of seeing him play at the Polo Grounds, as the Cubs and Mets tried to iron out which of them was the worst time in baseball. Unfortunately I was too young to appreciate the historical value ...
 
   Jan-21-15 hms123 chessforum
 
playground player: <hms123> In 2011 there was a rash of TV personalities uncontrollably speaking gibberish while on the air. You'll find some video in here: http://vigilantcitizen.com/latestne... In 1957, in one of his Rick Brant Science Adventures, <The Electronic Mind Reader>, ...
 
   Jan-12-15 E Parr vs E Gullaksen, 1995 (replies)
 
playground player: This doesn't look to me like the best way to play the Polish Opening. You'd never catch Yurij Lapshun winding up like this--or Sokolsky himself.
 
   Jan-04-15 jessicafischerqueen chessforum (replies)
 
playground player: <OCF> The guy's a peach, all right. I hadn't known it was possible to get up to so much mischief in chess.
 
   Dec-31-14 OhioChessFan chessforum (replies)
 
playground player: Happy New Year, <OCF>!
 
   Dec-25-14 YouRang chessforum (replies)
 
playground player: <YouRang> Merry Christmas, kimosabe! Your guest appearances on my page are always among the highlights.
 
   Dec-24-14 Kasimdzhanov vs E Najer, 2014 (replies)
 
playground player: "Good Rustam, merry gentleman, let nothing you dismay..." ? "Najer here nor there..."? Sorry: don't do puns, as a rule.
 
   Dec-16-14 W Sahlmann vs K Junge, 1941 (replies)
 
playground player: There is something a touch bizarre about a chess tournament calmly being played nine days after Pearl Harbor, in a country whose dictator had invaded Russia and just recently declared war on the United States.
 
   Dec-14-14 M L Nicholson vs E Saglione, 2008 (replies)
 
playground player: <Five Easy Pieces>--one of the world's great slapstick tragedies. Almost as inane as <The Jewel in the Crown>.
 
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Jan-21-15  cormier: Gospel: "Is it lawful on the sabbath , to save life or to kill ?
Jan-21-15  cormier: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings...
Jan-21-15
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  playground player: <WannaBe> When I was teaching, not that many years ago, the typical high school home room, while the Pledge of Allegiance was coming over the intercom, resembled a penguin rookery, only not as orderly.

I say this from experience: our public schools teach children to have contempt for America. The role of the government, the administration, is played up--especially as the source of free stuff. But the idea of America, her history, her special contributions to the human race--these are despised and hated by teachers' union members. If a student were so incautious as to reveal any affection or admiration for his country, or any loyalty to it, he'd be lucky if he got off with a public mocking in front of all his classmates, performed by the teacher.

So of course the man was barred from school events for interfering with students' show of disrespect for their country.

But boy! If those kids had ever carried on like that during an Obama speech, or some kind of tribute to transgenderism, their butts would be in serious hot water.

Jan-21-15
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  playground player: <Esteemed Colleagues> Wanna see something weird? In 2011 there was a rash of TV reporters (plus Judge Judy, but we don't have video for her) suddenly talking gibberish while on the air.

http://leeduigon.com/2015/01/21/whe...

There was no convincing explanation for this, at the time.

But in 1957, maybe there was...

Jan-21-15
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  optimal play: <playground player> <When I was teaching, not that many years ago, the typical high school home room, while the Pledge of Allegiance was coming over the intercom, resembled a penguin rookery, only not as orderly. I say this from experience: our public schools teach children to have contempt for America ...>

You mean like this?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9xO...

(Bart's Pledge of Allegiance)

Is that really how it goes?

Anyway, <pgp> I hope you had a merry Christmas and that 2015 is a good one for you!

Jan-21-15
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  OhioChessFan: Who didn't know this was coming? People who want the big bad government to do their dirty work never seem to grasp it can work against them next time.

<A Denver bakery owner said she is facing a complaint of religious discrimination because she refused to write an anti-gay message on a cake.>

http://www.thedenverchannel.com/new...

Jan-21-15
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  optimal play: <OhioChessFan> <Last year, the Colorado Civil Rights Commission ruled that another bakery, Masterpiece Cake Shop in Lakewood could not refuse to make a wedding cake for a gay couple, calling it discriminatory. Now, some anti-gay activists claiming to be exposing hypocrisy are ordering "Gay Marriage Is Wrong" cakes from gay-friendly bakeries.> So the battle over gay rights in America is being fought out with pastry and icing sugar?

Wouldn't that necessarily favour the gays? ;)

Anyway, what the heck is a gay-friendly bakery as distinct from a gay-unfriendly bakery?

The whole thing is laughable!

Jan-21-15
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  OhioChessFan: It's not laughable that the government would interfere in the first place.
Jan-22-15  cormier: Gospel: " The unclean spirits shouted, " You, you are the Son of God! "But he strongly forbade them to make it known "
Jan-22-15  cormier: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings...
Jan-22-15
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  jessicafischerqueen:

<Lee: Border Patrol>

I thought you might have an observation on "automatic customs check in machines."

I noticed when I last came in to Vancouver Airport that the majority of punters went through customs by using these machines.

I prefer to look customs agents in the eye, so I went through the "human" lineup.

She gave me a whole battery of questions designed to make sure I wasn't bringing Ebola into Canada.

Question: How were the automatic custom machine users being interrogated about Ebola?

Seems well out of order to me.

On a similar topic- whilst on the airplane, we have to fill in a "customs card."

The card consists of a series of questions. Highlights are:

1. Are you a terrorist?
2. Do you have a machine gun in your carryon bag?
3. Do you have heroin in your bag?
4. Do you plan to overthrow the Canadian government?

I exaggerate, but not by much.

QUESTION: Who would check the "yes" box on such questions?

OBSERVATION: Doesn't this make the survey card a waste of trees and taxpayer money?

Jan-22-15
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  playground player: <optimal play> Thanks for your good wishes, and the same to you, my friend.

Actually, what I used to see in the classroom every day was somewhat worse than what is shown in the Simpsons cartoon. They won't shut up and they won't stay in their seats.

And, no, it's not so funny when someone forces you to use your skills and your resources to promote a message that you firmly believe is sin, with the idea that the government will destroy your livelihood if you don't.

<OhioChessFan> You don't understand. Opposition to gaydeology is "hate," but opposition to Christianity is "celebrating diversity." Diversity meaning uniformity of thought.

<jessicafischerqueen> Our Glorious Rulers protect us by doing asinine and wasteful things. It allows them to create more public employees, who form public employees' unions and funnel their dues into political campaigns that keep Our Glorious Rulers in power.

When I go to Heaven, the folks who are up there already will make fun of me for having lived in this age.

Jan-22-15
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  YouRang: The world has gone insane.

<Denver baker sued for refusing to write anti-gay slogans on cake

Two years after a judge determined that a Lakewood, Colo., bakery had discriminated against a gay couple by refusing to sell them a wedding cake, another Colorado bakery is now facing accusations of religious discrimination this time for refusing to make a cake with an anti-gay message. >

http://news.yahoo.com/denver-baker-...

Jan-22-15
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  WannaBe: Oy vey.
Jan-22-15
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  playground player: <YouRang> Well, people will go running to judges or bureaucrats every time they encounter something they don't like.
Jan-22-15
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  optimal play: <YouRang: The world has gone insane.>

<Denver baker sued for refusing to write anti-gay slogans on cake>

<Two years after a judge determined that a Lakewood, Colo., bakery had discriminated against a gay couple by refusing to sell them a wedding cake, another Colorado bakery is now facing accusations of religious discrimination this time for refusing to make a cake with an anti-gay message.>

Has anybody yet asked for a cake with a frosted picture of Mohammed on it?

Then we'd *really* see some insanity!

Jan-23-15
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  playground player: <optimal play> I used to work for a Hindu-owned company, most of whose employees were also Hindus. In their warehouse they had a straw idol (I don't mean the word offensively, but I don't know what else to call it) with swastikas chalked on the door and walls to indicate where it was kept. On various holidays they liked to display their greeting cards, many of which were embellished with swastikas.

This could easily be misunderstood, especially by persons not knowing that the swastika was used as a religious symbol by several cultures long, long before the Nazis hijacked it.

I wonder if their harmless religious expressions would get them into trouble today. Enter the "human rights" industry! "We don't care if these hateful symbols are part of your religion! Of course your religion is great and wonderful because it isn't Christianity--but you aren't allowed to create a hostile work environment by having all these Nazi signs!"

"But none of our employees are complaining..."

"Aha! Gotcha! It so happens that a non-religious person who recently had occasion to visit your premises--he has complained! He was made to feel uncomfortable--"

And so on.

Meanwhile, you're welcome to try ordering a cake with icing that depicts Mohammed.

Let us know how it turns out.

Jan-23-15
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  YouRang: A daring bakery might make you a Mohammed cake under the strict condition that you tell no one where you got it.
Jan-23-15
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  playground player: <Esteemed Colleagues> I heard a radio ad today that takes the cake.

http://leeduigon.com/2015/01/23/glo...

It seems we won't have to worry about cakes anymore because we're all gonna die in a global catastrophe.

Jan-23-15  cormier: Gospel: " Jesus called those he wanted to be with him"
Jan-23-15  cormier: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings...
Jan-23-15
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  optimal play: <playground player> <... you're welcome to try ordering a cake with icing that depicts Mohammed. Let us know how it turns out.> No thanks.

I think we all know just *exactly* how it would turn out!

http://www.theguardian.com/world/20...

In order to teach the infidels due respect for the religious sensibilities of Muslims, the bakery would probably be machine-gunned and murderous mobs from the Middle-East to Pakistan to Africa would go on rampages burning churches and destroying Bibles.

But at least they don't bother about complaining to <the "human rights" industry>

:D)

Jan-24-15
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  playground player: <optimal play> It may not be as satisfying as murder and arson, but there's something to be said for a "human rights" agency that can destroy or impoverish anyone whose beliefs offend you. Our American "human rights" industry has its eye on "rehabilitating" Christians by forcing them into sensitivity training until they admit that Biblical morality is wrong and its opposite, invented a very few years ago by academic pin-heads and "gay" activists, is right.

That clipping from the Guardian--Muslims murder a bunch of people in Niger to protest Charlie Hebdo cartoons--what in the world did those poor villagers have to do with the contents of a sophomoric French magazine?

<Esteemed Colleagues> Substitute blogger today, taking me apart:

http://leeduigon.com/2015/01/24/how...

Jan-24-15  cormier: Gospel: "People from his claimed : He lost his head"
Jan-24-15  cormier: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings...
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