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playground player
Member since Oct-01-06 · Last seen Sep-18-14
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,

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. Full Member

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   Sep-18-14 playground player chessforum (replies)
playground player: <optimal play> I had to laugh at those videos; the only alternative was to cry. But that depth of ignorance is the cumulative effect of American public education and American pop culture. Here at <Chez PGP>, our newspaper of choice is <The Guardian>, a ...
   Sep-09-14 Sax vs Keene, 1972 (replies)
playground player: Like the Zulus at Rorke's Drift, Black ran out of men to sacrifice.
   Sep-08-14 D Daniels vs G Yzhow, 2014 (replies)
playground player: I could not find any way to sacrifice my Queen. But there must be one!
   Sep-07-14 B Tuvshintugs vs Koneru, 2014 (replies)
playground player: Why is it un-PC to call Mongolia Mongolia?
   Sep-04-14 cormier chessforum (replies)
   Sep-03-14 jessicafischerqueen chessforum (replies)
playground player: <Boomie> Very likely you never heard of Tannu Tuva, or the Tuvan SSR, unless you were into stamp-collecting a long time ago. Tuva's oversized stamps, representing a place some people weren't sure existed, were always in demand. Feynman and a few of his friends became
   Aug-24-14 Karpov vs Kasparov, 1984 (replies)
playground player: Did Kasparov ever amend or retract his comment about Karpov being some kind of embodiment of evil?
   Aug-21-14 Lasker vs Nimzowitsch, 1934 (replies)
playground player: <Once> What in the world was that video? "The Music of Chess"--do the moves somehow generate the notes that are played? Play a really sweet game, and it comes out as Mozart?
   Aug-21-14 Phony Benoni chessforum (replies)
playground player: I'll never forget that pine tar game. I thought George Brett was going to have an apoplexy. Anybody got video of that?
   Aug-15-14 Judit Polgar (replies)
playground player: <Esteemed Colleagues> All right, I stand corrected. But they still would've made a fortune on the match.
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  OhioChessFan: <A security officer at a Michigan high school told an Army lieutenant Tuesday that he could not enter the school because he was wearing his uniform and "may offend another student," reported...The superintendent, Robert Shaner, himself a Marine veteran, apologized to the family.>

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  optimal play: <OhioChessFan: <This week, a DCPS teacher created a worksheet to assign as homework which asked students to compare and contrast President George W. Bush and Adolf Hitler> Thank you for posting the link to that interesting article...

<Henderson said the teacher has been *ordered* to apologize to the class.> Or else!

<Marc Thiessen, who worked for years as Bush’s speechwriter, said the teacher should be terminated immediately.>

<Some critics are now calling on district officials to identify and terminate the teacher.>

<“Has the "Bush/Hitler" teacher been terminated? That sort of derangement is a danger to children,” one Twitter post read.>

Do they mean that the teacher herself <should be terminated immediately> or just her employment?

I expect Hitler & his Nazi thugs would actually terminate the teacher herself...

But precisely the <termination> these Bush acolytes and their hysterical Fox toadies want carried out on the teacher remains somewhat ambiguous.

Anyway, I think I could have a go at that assignment...

1. They both started an unnecessary war

2. They both liked painting

3. Hitler had a moustache and Bush didn't

4. After the French surrender and Dunkirk evacuation, Hitler announced “Mission Accomplished!”


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Regarding this outrage:

Bear in mind that my own politics lean to the left, if anything.

I thought the notion of instructing children to compare President Bush to Hitler was an outrage, but my blood really started to boil when I read what D.C. Public Schools Chancellor <Kaya Henderson> wrote as an apology on behalf of Washington DC public schools:

<“No DCPS curriculum says 2 make these comparisons in any way,” Henderson wrote. “Teacher used poor judgment & will apologize.”>

I do understand the idiom of "Twitter," but


Not everyone writes their "tweets" in the idiom of an 11 year old. Not by a long shot. What poor judgment by this no doubt highly paid government official to indulge herself by employing such an idiom. Was she trying to sound "hip" or something?

And don't give me any "there's a limited number of characters permitted in a given tweet" defence either.

Here's a rewrite that actually uses fewer characters:

<No DCPS curriculum says to make these comparisons,” Henderson wrote. “The teacher used poor judgment and will apologize.”>

Here is another "tweet" quoted in the article by an outraged person. Notice how the outraged person doesn't write in the idiom of an 11 year old:

<“Has the "Bush/Hitler" teacher been terminated? That sort of derangement is a danger to children,” one Twitter post read.>

I can only imagine what "qualifications" this sloppy DCPS Chancellor earned in order to garner her post.

None, would be my guess. Sadly, I'm sure she has some degree from a trendy, avant garde, "do what you feel" kind of "educational" institution.

Along with the offending teacher, "Kaya Henderson" should be terminated immediately.

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  playground player: <jessicafischerqueen> Well, what have I been saying about public schooling? And not only is this illiterate ignoramus being paid far above her merits: she can retire at 50 or 55 and be paid a lavish pension for the rest of her life. All out of the taxpayers' pockets!

<optimal play> Compared to what we've got in the White House now, George W. Bush was King Arthur.

But, see, this "Bush = Hitler" mantra, so popular among persons who only use their brains to stop the wind from whistling through their heads, is a natural for public "education." It's right up there with "You can be a boy one day and a girl the next, depending on how you feel!"

Why is it that the more money we spend on education, the worse it gets?

Sep-12-14  SugarDom: When there is no faith God, everything becomes worse.
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  playground player: <optimal play> What "Fox toadies"? Oh! You mean all those people who would just naturally be libs 'n' progs if only Fox News wasn't fooling them! Man, we'd be clamoring for a carbon tax, and demanding third, fourth, and fifth terms for Obama, and just banging down the doors for more transgender whatsits in public office, if it weren't for Fox News.

If conservatism were ice cream, I would describe Fox News as store brand vanilla.

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  cormier: <<<<<<<<NM 21:4B-9>

With their patience worn out by the journey,
the people complained against God and Moses,
“Why have you brought us up from Egypt to die in this desert, where there is no food or water?>

We are disgusted with this wretched food!”>

In punishment the LORD sent among the people saraph serpents, which bit the people so that many of them died.> Then the people came to Moses and said,
“We have sinned in complaining against the LORD and you.>
Pray the LORD to take the serpents from us.”>
So Moses prayed for the people, and the LORD said to Moses, “Make a saraph and mount it on a pole,
and if any who have been bitten look at it, they will live.”>
Moses accordingly made a bronze serpent and mounted it on a pole, and whenever anyone who had been bitten by a serpent looked at the bronze serpent, he lived.>

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  cormier: <<<<PHIL 2:6-11>

Brothers and sisters:
Christ Jesus, though he was in the form of God,
did not regard equality with God something to be grasped.>
Rather, he emptied himself,
taking the form of a slave,
coming in human likeness;
and found human in appearance,
he humbled himself,
becoming obedient to death,
even death on a cross.>

Because of this, God greatly exalted him
and bestowed on him the name
that is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus
every knee should bend,
of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue confess that
Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.>

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  playground player: <cormier> The Israelites held on to Moses' brass serpent for a long time, until King Hezekiah (2 Kings 18:4), in his reforms, had it broken up because it had become a kind of idol.

This is a pattern repeated many times in Church history.

<optimal play> So when are you going to read <The Cellar Beneath the Cellar>?

I'm almost done with the book I'm currently writing, #8 in the series, <The Temple>. I almost hate to finish a book--leaves me wondering what to do with myself.

It's so nice to be writing about a world in which current political issues have no relevance whatsoever.

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  cormier: <<<<<<< >> Gospel JN 3:13-17> Jesus said to Nicodemus:
“No one has gone up to heaven
except the one who has come down from heaven, the Son of Man.>
And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.”>

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.> For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him.>

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  playground player: <Esteemed Colleagues> Wow! [trumpet fanfare] ***The Peoples Climate March*** is set for Sept. 21 in New York City!

Their press release is exquisitely refined, 99.99% pure left-wing crapola. I have quoted from it today.

Well, I guess if anyone's a big enough butterball to believe the government can control the climate, they might as well believe the government can make everybody equal, too. And give us all good jobs--no more bad jobs for anyone. Or, if we just don't feel like working, the government can provide a guaranteed annual income to parasites who just play video games all day.

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  optimal play: <<playground player> <optimal play> Compared to what we've got in the White House now, George W. Bush was King Arthur.> And America Camelot? lol!

I think you're confusing Dubya with JFK ;)

Kennedy was one your greatest Presidents who saved humanity from World War III

Dubya was your worst ever President who plunged you into a pointless war, created the Global Financial Crisis, and left us all with the legacy of Iraq as a failed state which the world is still having to deal with!

<<playground player> <optimal play> What "Fox toadies"?> Murdoch's minions!

You know, those unthinking, ultra-extreme right-wing robots who are programmed to obey their glorious leader, King Rupert!

We're infested with them down here as well!

<<playground player> <optimal play> So when are you going to read <The Cellar Beneath the Cellar>?> I'm looking forward to moving onto your second book if I ever get time ;)

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  playground player: <optimal play> JFK was a mediocre president who was built up into the greatest president ever--a real cult of personality. His handling of the Cuban Missile Crisis is greatly overrated. But don't take my word for it. Read Seymour Hersch's expose, <The Darker Side of Camelot.>

Still, JFK wasn't that awful, either.

I voted for President Bush twice, and considering the alternatives, would do it again. I was disappointed in his second term, but tremendously relieved to be spared a John Kerry presidency.

What we've got in the White House now is a national disgrace.

Obviously we are never going to agree on this. I'm sure we can find other things to talk about.

I will just never be able to understand why people believe in Big Government and the messianic pretensions of soft-core marxism. But then I think there are some folks around here who are into hard-core marxism.

<Mrs. PGP> has just finished <The Widows of Broome>. Have you gotten around to that one yet?

But of course you should read <The Cellar Beneath the Cellar> first. :) Guaranteed politics-free...

<Esteemed Colleagues> (with a special wink to <hms123>) I have discovered a series of Young Adult fiction which you will probably want to avoid: <The Goddess Girls>. I have no idea why anybody writes stuff like this.

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  optimal play: <playground player> <... His handling of the Cuban Missile Crisis is greatly overrated ...> ???

Just imagine if Tricky Dicky had won in 1960

Would you rather have had that guy dealing with the Cuban Missile Crisis?

Based on his attitude to Vietnam he would have ordered air-strikes and that would have been the end of everything!

JFK represented the best and brightest of America ... so they killed him!

Nixon and Dubya represented the worst of America, but at least they had the good sense to kick Nixon out!

<I voted for President Bush twice, and considering the alternatives, would do it again. I was disappointed in his second term, but tremendously relieved to be spared a John Kerry presidency.> At least Kerry was a genuine war hero, unlike Dubya and his chicken-hawk off-sider Cheney, both of whom dodged going to Vietnam, but then couldn't wait to send other young men and women to fight and die in some god-forsaken war in the middle-east just to pursue their neo-con agenda.

<Have you gotten around to that one yet?> I'm still trying to get hold of <The Barrakee Mystery> but I haven't had much time for reading lately anyway.

<cormier: > I'm not sure why you posted that link, but like many other people, I was fascinated by the discovery of Richard's bones in that car-park.

That has to be one of the greatest archaeological finds of all-time!

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  playground player: <optimal play> In fact, JFK initially wanted to order air strikes, but his brother Bobby talked him out of it.

For his opposition to communism and his willingness to lower taxes, JFK today would be cast out of the Democrat Party.

But they might let Nixon in! He made friends with Red China and experimented with wage and price control.

As for the bombings, Democrats only object when Republican presidents do it.

John Kerry, "war hero"--three Purple Hearts, not so much as a single hour spent in the infirmary. I can't think of a more contemptible figure in American politics.

I would like to abandon this food fight and go on to something that I'm much more interested in. I hope you don't mind answering these questions.

Americans seldom take an interest in Australia and don't know much about it. Few of us have any opinions about Australian politics.

You're the only Australian I talk to, so please tell me--is your interest in American politics typical of Australians?

I have also noticed you have a slight left-wing bias. Does that have anything to do with the way you get your information about American politics? Do you rely on American "news" media, or do the Australian media devote time to American politics?

We Americans are often portrayed as ignorant about the rest of the world. I'm not sure we can help it--our conventional news media very seldom reports on what's happening inside other countries. Our "educators" don't teach us much about the rest of the world.

I'm very interested in the rest of the world--but if an American wants that kind of information, he really has to dig for it.

Is it any different in Australia?

PS--I'm old enough to marvel at and appreciate easy communication with persons in other countries. I remember when the only way you could do it was by regular mail--and how long that took.

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  optimal play: <playground player> <... JFK initially wanted to order air strikes ...> I would have to question that? But anyway, we'll leave that debate alone for now.

<... is your interest in American politics typical of Australians?> It’s not especially unusual, and since American politics affects the rest of the world so much, it’s hard to ignore.

<I have also noticed you have a slight left-wing bias. Does that have anything to do with the way you get your information about American politics? Do you rely on American "news" media, or do the Australian media devote time to American politics?> I don't rely on American news media at all, only what is re-broadcast via Australian media, although I do like Michael Moore's documentaries.

The Australian news media does cover American politics, especially our public broadcasters whose news and current affairs are more international.

I don't read the Murdoch press because it's so biased, but their national broadsheet would cover American & world politics.

<We Americans are often portrayed as ignorant about the rest of the world.> You mean like this...

and this...


<Is it any different in Australia?> There's no difficulty down here finding out what's going on in the rest of the world unless people choose to remain wilfully ignorant.

PS — Yes, the internet makes the world a smaller place, and if used properly, can help everybody to understand each other a bit better.

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  playground player: <optimal play> I had to laugh at those videos; the only alternative was to cry. But that depth of ignorance is the cumulative effect of American public education and American pop culture.

Here at <Chez PGP>, our newspaper of choice is <The Guardian>, a product of the United Kingdom (which may have become disunited by the time you read this). We don't care for The Guardian's editorial slant, but their news reporting is far superior to what we'd get from any American source. And, unlike the case with our home-grown news media, it's not hard to separate The Guardian's editorial comments from the actual news. Why can't The New York Times learn how to do that?

<Steamed Colleagues> So, here's the college that wants to find out about your sex life.

What kind of numbskull actually believes the answers he gets in this kind of survey?

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  optimal play: <playground player> <Here at <Chez PGP>, our newspaper of choice is <The Guardian>> Yes, we have our own Guardian online newspaper down here which is affiliated with the UK Guardian, and is a very good source of news and information, with a well-balanced editorial...

It’s far superior to the disreputable, biased, propaganda and outright lies spewed out by the Murdoch press!

Anyway, I've just caught up with reading your bloggs and would like to comment on <Incredible Beliefs> <September 17, 2014> ...

<They sneer at us for believing Adam and Eve really existed> The vast majority don't sneer, but simply scratch our heads and point again to the science behind Darwinian evolution and the spiritual meaning of the Genesis story.

<“John Kerry was a genuine war hero.”> That's mine! <Sep-17-14> ;)

It never ceases to amaze me how American conservatives love sending young men and women to war, but vilify these same veterans if they don't toe the conservative party line (e.g. Kerry), but when conservatives avoid having to go to war through the power and influence of their family (e.g. Dubya & Cheney), they then go on to positions of power themselves and are idolised by these war-loving conservatives!

<“Creating gigantic government bureaucracies will protect us from Global Warming.”> No-one advocates that.

<“Hillary Clinton is a genius.” “Al Gore is a genius.” “Barack Obama is a genius.”> Compared to Dubya! :D

<“Communism would be a big success if we gave it half a chance.”> No-one advocates that.

<“Rachel Maddow is an oracle of truth.”> Don't know who she is.

<“A strong government can create Income Equality throughout the city/state/country/planet/galaxy…”> The opposite of extreme wealth and power in the hands of a few is not income equality, it's common wealth for the common good...

A very Christian concept!

I hope you don't mind my posting this reply on your chessgames forum rather than on the <Leave a comment> page of your blogg, but that seems to be reserved for comments from right-wing nutcases who want to kill all the liberals with their guns and send Obama to hell! :0

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