Kindred’s Special: The Rochester Royals–When the Sport was King in Rochester, NY

June 12, 2014

I remember the good old days when referees used their whistles for infractions of the rules, few as they were back then.  Basketball was slower by today’s standards.  Maybe that is why the Rochester Royals eventually left to take up residence in Cincinnati, Ohio.   But rules were pretty much followed which, of course, meant scores were often lower and skill at shooting came from the two-handed set shots so brilliantly done by guards Bobby Wanzer and Bobby Davies, two favorites of the fans.  Then there was Arnie Risen, perhaps one of the stellar centers of all time and rated by many old timers even today as one of the greatest in the business.  His hook shot was just part of his skill.  And the cadre of supporting talent was immense.  The team played the game by the rules and everyone contributed, so much so that the Royals won the NBA Championship in 1951.

Looking at the current championship series on TV is disheartening.  Of course there are many great players on both teams but the referees do not follow the rules strictly.  For example, the other night I saw super star after star double dribbling, carrying the ball several steps to the basket for a lay-up.  The fans love the fact that rules are meant to be broken by the stars of the game but there is something wrong when a basket made through an illegal move on the court adds to the victory and loss between two teams.  Thankfully the winning team was not the culprit.  I won’t mention the player who so often is seen bending the rules when baskets are needed to be made.  And I won’t point out the team because it serves no purpose.  The high spirit of the players have to be forgiven and the fans sure would not like to see too many whistles blown during the game.  There are enough fouls called to slow the game down and such infractions as I mention probably would destroy enjoyment for all–the teams and viewers alike.

One of the great men of the Rochester community was Bobby Wanzer.  He was born in Brooklyn.  He joined the marines (1943-46); during WWII, he was stationed at Guam in 1944 serving in both the occupation and defense against the Japanese.  After the war, he became a student at Seton Hall.

He was a star at Seton Hall University and joined the Royals where he helped them win the NBA championship in 1951.  He was recognized as one of the best ball handlers of his or any era.  He was a five-time all-star, served two years as player-coach and then as coach after the move to Cincinnati in 1957.  He returned to Rochester to take the coaching position at John Fisher College in 1962. He led the Cardinals amassing a record of 311 wins and 249 losses which spanned a 24 year career.

In 1987, he was inducted into the National Basketball Hall of Fame.

I met Arnie Risen when having lunch at George’s Restaurant we both frequented.  He said the Royals gave the Rochester fans a great run during an era that saw changes in how the game was played.  They played the game the way it was played during their era.  Eras change every game menu, create new stars and dynasties.  And those living those times all share a compassion and love for the pastime–BASKETBALL. 

 

Kindred’s Special: Stats from FBI Alarming but Predictable

June 11, 2014

The news media tries to catch up on all the cover-ups essayed at the helm of liberally leftwing fanatics through the past six years and can be held partly responsible for the mess created through the immigration crisis as well as the criminality that has been perpetrated at the Justice Department in attacks on our law enforcement officers trying to do their job defending Americans.  The leftwing agenda is alive and well in the towns, cities, and states at an ever-increasing geographic expansion across America.  I can best describe it as OUT OF CONTROL POLICIES OF THE WHITE HOUSE, JUSTICE DEPARTMENT, AND THE GENERAL LACK OF GOVERNING THROUGH THE CONGRESS, given its role as a watchdog over agencies of the federal government.

Recent statistics presented by the FBI are for illegal infiltrators through our borders:

  • 95 % of warrants for murder in LA, California
  • 83% of warrants for murder in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 86% of warrants for murder in Albuquerque
  • 75% most listed wanted criminals in all three above
  • 24.9% of inmates in California detention centers are Mexican nationals
  • 40.1% of inmates in Arizona detention centers are Mexican nationals
  • 48.2% of inmates in New Mexico detention centers are Mexican nationals
  • 29% (630,000) convicted illegal felons cost Americans $$1.6 billion tax dollars annually
  • 53% of investigated burglaries reported in western states are criminally due to illegal infiltrators
  • 50% plus of gang members from South American countries in Los Angeles alone infiltrate across the southern border through Mexico
  • 71% auto thefts apprehended in 2005 alone in southern states were by illegal infiltrators or “transport coyotes” as such driver are known.

The sad truth hits home when it is reported that on President Obama’s watch deportations of criminal elements has slowed to a dribble.  And the Justice Department policy is to shield the President from public scrutiny.  It is incredible that for the cover up to aid politics, our government employees in law, in finance, in military affairs and VA matters I find compound shortcomings in character, leadership, integrity and mostly honor that endangers the whole nation as never before.

How can I say this about our wonderful, most powerful nation in the world?  Well, look at history:  Germany, Japan, the fallen empires from the distant past.  They all shared the fallacies that are now apparently befalling my beloved America, our energetic world-saving capitalism, our compassion for others at home and abroad.

Many heroes have emerged throughout history.  Religious patriot Martin Luther who challenged the corruption of the Roman Catholic Church in the middle ages, bringing to the world the Holy Bible; the Rev. Martin Luther King brought healing to a nation long festering wounds from the days of slavery and what happened to the disenfranchisement of people through ignorance and built up fears.  These are but two from the religious world who in seeming extreme personal hardships never gave in  or listened to those who threatened their life work achievements.

Kindred’s Special: Chess Match Up Quiz

June 9, 2014

1.  What famous personality said in an interview:  I devote most of my spare time to chess, using my Velcro board? 1. Ray Romano  2. Raymond Keene

3.  Ray Charles   4.  Hans Ree   5.  Chevy Chase   (  1  –  2  – 3  –  4 – 5  )

2.  Whom did GM Miguel Najdorf call “a small gangster”? (  1. Alekhine   2.  Al Capone   3.  Nimzowitch   (  1  –  2  –  3  )

3.   Donald Reithel, the Kindred Spirit, studied Tarrasch’s The Game of Chess at the ages 12-13 while recovering from 1. a broken collar bone  2. broken leg   3.  scarlet fever  4.  pneumonia  5. whooping-cough  (  1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5 )

4.  True or False: GM V. Hort learned the moves for chess at age 6 while in the hospital recovering from jaundice.

5.  True or False:  Anatoly Karpov began playing chess at age 7 which he learned while recouping from whooping-cough and other ailments.

6.  True or False:  Who said in an interview: “I do not like to give interviews to people who do not know who Steinitz is.

7.  Korchnoi said when asked if his opponent played a surprisingly good move, he would, 1. leave the board, 2. offer a draw, 3. resign.   (  1 – 2 -3 ).

8.  John Montagu, the patron who helped Philidor publish the first great chess book is better known for having invented: 1- the thermometer, 2- the sandwich.  (  1  –  2  ).

9.  Cuba’s Che Guevara  once told GM Ludek Pachman that if he could do whatever he wanted to do Guevara would  1. play like Pachman  2. Flee to Florida   3.  Make a revolution in Venezuela  4.  Give Fidel Castro “pawn and move”.   (  1  -2  – 3 – 4  )

10.  First edition copies of Bobby Fischer’s Chess Games were marred because  1. his name was misspelled as Fisher  2. two moves in his Game of the Century were transposed  3.  the person identified as Fischer in one photo was not of Fischer )  1  – 2  – 3

Please let me know if you enjoyed these ten and would like to see more in the future.  Answers will be given on this page at a later time.  Enjoy!!

Kindred’s Special: NY Conservatives battle progressives in 1994 and again in 2014

June 7, 2014

The New York Conservative Party is alive and well.  In 1994, it refused to surrender to the highly financially backed progressives and then Governor Mario Cuomo machine and its get out the vote helped dethrone elected officials to restore sanity to state government.  Like so often happens, when good governors retire, party control changes by American belief that change is good for the soul.  After a string of corruption, the voters of New York, largely through New York City and eastern region of NYS put in the same old political machine, this time headed by Andrew Cuomo, the son of Mario Cuomo.

Once more the political press in NYS says taking on Governor Andrew Cuomo and his fellow progressives is not worth the fight.  But they’re wrong and I have the feeling they are worried because of the beliefs held and pushed by the conservatives which call for commonsense approaches to solving scholastic issues, to pave or repair roads, bridges, and cut waste.  This year, for example, we have the hype for casino gambling largely run by the Indian tribes.  There is a debate as to casino history to promote gambling, the financial benefit to State coffers  versus a poor record of harming families and creating a social form of slavery. What evidence, if any, gives proof that such income improves the health and education of the various tribes in the United States?  The cry is always, “Oh, there go the conservatives again, trying to stop progress which is the heartbeat of the progressive movement that only looks at a potential financial gain for the STATE  TREASURY.  During this, the conservatives called for developing known reserves of natural gas, plentiful in the Southern Tier.  So far as I see, Governor Cuomo is unsure how to enrich himself, his friends, and the state. I suspect if the landowners offered bribes, such approval would come along like a bird on the wing.  Studies indicate that such recovery of natural gas is safe and not a danger to land, water, wildlife or humans.

The Democrats run on the belief that government policies do best that are liberal and progressive.  It has long belittled the fruits and labors of the conservative movement which duly conducts an agenda of our nation being a republic rather than a democracy in its purest form.  The Democratic Party is really The Democrat Party.  Why the deception?  It requires a little understanding which my readers probably agree that Americans have little interest in government just so long as they get what they hope to get.  I choose my words carefully.  I said hope to get because the powers have little interest in what you and I want to happen or need.

Not too many need to obtain citizenship.  But go to the Federal Building and see what goes on.  At some point you see those asking what party they should join. It is the Democratic Party (sic) that makes sense to the new incoming citizen or family.  That hype is ingrained into the minds of new voters, who knowing little about our country and politics, go along with the crowd.  And the news media, the darling of the Democratic progressive movement (now there is another way that Professor Alinsky and Illinois crook used to brainwash the public by that rather new identity, “progressive”.) He was quite proud of that leftwing cover, “To sway the dumb American public of our leftist real agenda.”

I’ve been asked why I support that little NYS Conservative Party.  I am not afraid to call myself conservative in most things, liberal in a few but then always with a conservative commonsense approach to a problem.  I respect the leadership by the NYS Conservative Leadership of Michael R. Long.  Of course nationally I support the views of leaders on public policies I examine and share or dismiss based upon my “feel for truth”.  I like politicians who stay the course by worthy debate on issues of national importance.  It makes the country stronger.  I follow with interest the TV programming where discussion and debate can be heard without rancor. For me, the soundness of arguments, whether won or lost, show the strong backbone of those who have reached a position and willing to defend or explain it with clarity and forthrightness.

 

Kindred’s Special: Growing up with New York State Apple Orchards

June 5, 2014

Traveling the roads of rural New York State, I discovered a great increase in orchard expansion with new plantings that just may bring the State closer to being the largest Apple producer in the country.  Most family farms have incorporated and have expanded their orchards and crops where the future for farm employment has become very attractive.  The modern tractor and hauling methods for reaching many markets has managed to take on the transport of apple volume.  It has meant a greatly increased opportunity in the job market for those who enjoy laboring in the outdoors.

One idea that seems to be attractive is that farm workers by and large feel themselves independent while at work.  They often are given tasks which take them into work areas that rely upon following orders, getting the job done, and having relative freedom with a high degree of self-achievement.  The relationship between worker and manager or farm owner is built on respect and dependence because the goods produced usually have a rather tight framework from orchard to factory and diverse enough to include a host of outlets from the farm to the customer.

APPLES  HAVE  A  RICH  HISTORY

    1. The average American consumes about forty-five pounds of apples annually.
    2. The biggest apple picked so far weighed in at three pounds.  Many varieties go from tiny to large and flavor and use vary from eating to cooking.  A number of dishes come out of the kitchen to the dining table with cooks swearing by their favorites having the best flavors.
    3. A neighbor, Mrs. Frank Beneway, used to have a contest to see who could produce the longest peel.  I was doing great with a peel of two yards or more when it broke.  I did not win but a lady turned in a peel nearly doubling mine.  Anyway, the world record was created by Kathy Wafler Madison on October 16, 1976, in Rochester, NY, creating a monstrous 172 feet, 4 inches long!
    4. Apple trees have a long history in New York State going back to colonial times and perhaps earlier as Indians raised fruit.
    5. New York farms have produced many varieties through experimentation and have supplied to the public a huge number of fresh fruits, grains, and vegetables in addition to dairy and meat products.

If you have a weekend or even a day free, try taking a trip through the rural areas of New York State.  Such a trip is both educational and enjoyable especially for families with young children.  There are a good number of fruit and vegetable stands as well as farm markets and local restaurants.  Do a little research for places to visit.  You do not have to travel thousands of miles to find good life happenings and memories.

 

Kindred’s Special: Hillary Clinton is no Margaret Thatcher

May 31, 2014

I guess the heading says it all.  While I have read writings of Mrs. Clinton as well as Margaret Thatcher, the difference in both personalities and writing talent for retained value is like night and day.

The most compelling words I read in Margaret Thatcher’s speech was: “Without law, without the institutions of civil society, without religion, without the values that promote rather than discourage self-restraint, that darker side will prevail.  Half the countries claim to be democratic, but being democratic is not enough, for a majority cannot turn what is wrong into right.  In order to be considered truly free, countries must also have a deep love of liberty and an abiding respect for the rule of law.

“The history of mankind reveals that progress is not preordained.  So far, it is only free nations that have discovered the secret of continual advancement.  Why?  Because they are the only ones to subscribe to Western values, to respect private property, to develop a reliable rule of law, and to create political order in which competing views and interests are peacefully and productively reconciled.”

I do believe Hillary Clinton is laying the groundwork for a presidential run.  She has been hailed by admirers who seem willing to overlook many of her shortcomings.  Whereas Margaret Thatcher was a leader of a great nation and guided her through perilous times, Hillary failed to excite me in like fashion and performed using her State job toward a personal end to have my confidence.  Her talk reminds me of THE FIVE — commentary that lacks substance and just put out there for show when we need leaders who have deep insight into the problems of all the todays and tomorrows.  She has too much baggage, leaving a host of problems for Secretary Kerry to tackle.  It seems to me the people of America need to have the truth told as to  just what her credentials are for the highest office in the Land, other than all this hype that she is the smartest woman in the world.  I guess to Bill, she probably is.  Then, again, one might ask what is the meaning of the word is?

I hope that truth, honor, integrity and justice prevails in the coming days.  Do you, my readers?

KindredSpirit’s Kaleidoscope: Historic Joys vs. Money–Will it Give the Elite of Golf Pleasure

May 30, 2014

So the LPGA tour stop in Rochester will bow to the wishes of the PGA of America, KPMLG, and NBC Golf Channel.  Most look forward to better national and international coverage, bigger purses, greater attraction of the golfing elite female players.  It is hyped as a “win-win” situation.  All I can say is that Stacy Lewis says the Rochester tour had a homey feel.  I can guarantee that homey feel will be missing because big somehow kills it dead. This country has long lived on two things:  greater publicity and money.  The trade here, is that homey feeling that Rochester brought to the pro and amateur alike.  Here, again, I offer a parallel by use of a personal story.

I reported years ago on a little farm chess tournament annually held over Labor Day weekend.  It attracted a small group who traveled to the event held by a farmer in his barn which he had made attractive and all had a great time.  There were an elite list of friends who looked forward to the annual menu and game play competition.  As the Region II Director, I had set up the rule that no open tournament could be organized that conflicted with the known events over any three-day weekend within the western NY state region.  It was to avoid conflicts and protect organized annual events.

The powers that be were bent on nailing down that weekend permanently, holding a huge regional event in Rochester, NY.  I was the lone NO vote and I gave my reasons before the group who simply said I  was standing in the way of advancement toward promoting chess because of this hick town event..  Well, you probably guess the result. Years later, and never getting any feedback from anyone who attended the farmer’s tournament, one chess master, who told me that my long time organizer and friend blamed me for letting this happen.  In fact, the master refused to attend any Rochester sponsored event since.  I made no attempt other than what I stated above to him that I was outvoted.  You might now wonder what the result was from all this.

This led to my being removed as a NYSCA rep and USCF Director.  That is understandable given the power of size and money in America.  But do you know what?  I was glad to shed the teamwork I had thought I amassed in making chess a special place in society, especially with that word “integrity” and that word “honor”.  I devoted time to school, work and family enjoyment with gardening as a hobby. Today, only the Marchand Open event is a major locally. To me there is no honor or integrity left when size and money is involved.  I find that success today is measured strictly by material considerations.

I still support the Rochester Chess Center started by the Lohrman family.  My wife and I had proposed that the location was ideal for combining chess lessons with physical activity.  As my wife wisely said, “its promoting body and mind.”  Leave it to a wise lady.  I liked that idea and so did Ron. I am still a dues paying member and support the club  reporting on their activities.  Club chess instructors conduct lessons in many area schools and operate a school tournament schedule.  It has a knack for developing numbers of talented young players whether they play in tournaments or just for fun.  I have long ago given up playing tournament chess for health reasons.  As my wise mother told me when I was just a little boy, there is a time for birth, a time for growing, a time to enjoy the fruits of labor, and a peace that ripens with age.

My point is that the joy of golf is not dead in and nearby surrounding communities where the LPGA had developed a 37-year local fame.  Golf will prosper because it has a following of both area pros, scholastic programs, and club members that span a large region.  Having said that, I go back to what lady Stacy Lewis had to say about it, “The Rochester tour stop had a homey feel.”  I do hope when the LPGA goes to a new home in the New York City area that the elite pros will come away year after year with that “homey feeling“.  For some anyway, those who braved it to our little city tour stop will find New York City hospitality equal to Rochester.  Somehow, I rather think there will be something lacking until it builds a historic semblance of what Rochester brought to Ladies Golf.  And I hope those gals who played and entertained here will always cherish those tour stops and find reward and such friendships in years to come.

They will all come to find as I have, that life has many holes– many ups and downs.  With success and work ethic comes financial joy and knowing how to handle it with grace and fond memories emerges within the spirit and character of each.  Like I wrote many years ago, “Life is like a bowl of cherries.  It is full of pits!”

 

 

Kindred’s Special: The New-Old Generation–A Comedy Look

May 28, 2014

 

I saw on TV Fox News “The Bill O’Reilly” program showing the terrific breakthrough in wheelchair aid (treks) for returning injured troops who would find them essential for getting about.  Guess what?  This old man, 76 now, decided to put on his thinking cap and see just where this world was previously headed, is now headed, and will be headed if anyone grasps just what my current article touches on.  To say that my idea is original is both right and wrong; it was an article I spotted in a local edition of the Times of Wayne County which prompted this bit of tongue in cheek wisdom and comedy like how the movies portrayed that rascal and demented soul, Herr Adolph Hitler.  This local newspaper has gained enormous coverage throughout the towns it serves and has some very talented writers and I have become a reader.

Chuck Wells, TC, says the military is all wrong.  Right on, baby!  What he suggests is that we old guys should be the ones to go to war.  The logic of his assertion is just this:  We are cranky, irritable, impatient. We love guns.  After all, many are vets and know how to shoot.

Fact is that with our tendency to have the shakes, I can imagine the spray of these modern machine guns would lay down a threatening barrage that few of the enemy could live through.  It may just make them think that our outfit had more sharpshooters then we do.  Shooting these terrorists would not bother us a bit because we classify them as mere garbage.  It might even help our miserable temperaments improve.

There is nothing worse than a screaming, angry, constipated, Viagra loaded, prostate fighting machine!  In all, there would be controllable fear because in the final analysis we would know we lived in the best of times and know in our hearts that those “good old days” were far better than these damned “golden years” crap the psychologists and medical boards have been feeding us for years.

Boot camp would be a toss with us experienced fighters of old and us guys and gals that came out of the trenches of corporate America, the bountiful farmlands.  Our captains would be leaders of great experience in the world  with lots of innovative ideas for combat type arms in the hands of our old time inventors.  And we would be used to grumbling about the “shit on the shingles breakfasts and bad coffee.”  We wouldn’t need much exercise and our training might encompass new uses for wheelchairs, canes, crutches, and our laundry would be made up of paper panties which would save on the water supply and drying time of our uniforms. Heck, we would not require many showers because we got used to the smell of not washing regular. The idea of obstacle courses would become obsolete because our odors combined with firepower would outrun the terrorist bastards.

What information could be given an enemy if captured?  Lets face a hard truth–we old guys have short memories if any at all.  Besides, for some of us, the marriage battles through the years would be spouseful verbal defense so no training would be required if interrogated.  The experience on the playing field of life, whether it be golf, fishing, chess battles, or whatever, would give us a shield of defense that would be hard to crack. And this would be bolstered by us guys who were vets.

We would have little thought for sex like young soldiers do and able to concentrate on military logistics requiring little physical discipline.

There would be no problem arising for a new day.  We piss so much that we are up a lot during the night with the prostate blues,  visiting the commode.  “Yes, sir!  We’d have no problem eating our oatmeal and going out and shooting a terrorist and send him to the virgins. There is nothing more terrifying for us, sir, than the prospect of facing a bunch of eager virgins.”

We can endure long marches because we don’t need potty stops as our Depends wear don’t readily leak.

We old guys will be more aggressive tracking down terrorists as we know our best days are behind us.  Maybe Obama taught us about following from behind! Anyway, what enemy would want to face this 100,000 made up of thousands of small units of pissed off old guys carrying automatic weapons and hand grenades who hate everyone and everything and have nothing to lose? Besides, the idea of death panels in ObamaCare only increases our desire to kill terrorists before they kill us.  So, if we die on the field of battle, let  it be remembered that our courage gave us lasting peace.

 

 

 

Kindred’s Special: The Revival of Women’s Chess

May 27, 2014

Centuries ago found that women played chess when it had slightly more quiet strategy and rules.  At that time, it was regarded as a social function and its popularity among women was seen across kingdoms that especially had a strong woman Queen at court.  The game was pursued by the elite at court who found it most appealing for both an entertaining challenge as well as a means of finding time for love and affection.  In Jewish communities mothers would educate their children in the art of chess play, emphasizing the value as an educational tool toward success.

In Medieval times women had made chess part of aristocratic life.  It served as an important bond among Christians, Jews and Muslims, particularly in Spain. But beyond that, it afforded the courtship and opportunity to play a game that lasted for hours giving the lovers an opportunity to be socially seen together.

A change took place with the increased power of the Rook and Queen pieces.  It is likely that game results being shortened eventually led to less amorous affections being possible so that interest for ladies began to wane.  What chess had done to equalize men and women intellectually and romantically as a social value lessened.  Male players put more emphasis in winning a game and creating works of art in tactics.  You can see it in the modern development of tournaments and growing feeling that chess was a masculine struggle for supremacy in social circles.

There is the age-old thought of self-gratification that began to surface in recent decades.  Girls began to study chess as did boys with a desire to attain a level of skill and attain a club and national ranking.  This spirit which exists in both boys and girls sharpened where it was a learned and practiced level of achievement not only for chess but many endeavors.  This commitment to excellence varies with ability. This makes life interesting. And I suspect chess still carries with it the romance of two souls who find each other sharing such values.

 

 

Kindred’s Special: The Political Scene–All about power

May 22, 2014

Friends who follow my articles know well my often chastising President Obama as early as his decision to run in 2007 if not before, liking him to a Pied Piper leading the young astray.  Perhaps more accurately would have been to qualify that with a pompous build up of his popularity through the media where he blossomed quickly as some journalist proclaimed–as mighty as Jesus Christ himself. For whatever it is worth, I must say he brought the youth of America into the political arena.   Yes, he was the Savior of all that troubled the world and he was the saint who was to bring about finally the liberal utopia vision of President Johnson and erasing the political and warring blunders of the Bush administration–in other words, wiping out the GOP power base and replacing it with the dream state long sought by the liberal establishment.  Note I clarify this by the words “liberal establishment” that goes beyond the realm of political parties cooperating into one that simply said: YOU NEED NOT APPLY.  Indeed, for six-years of his Presidency, the power of critical thought was erased from the public sector, replaced instead by blinders put to use much the way Nazism and Communism, seen in previous world powers, collided while America continued to sleep in a state denial until it was awakened by the attack on Pearl Harbor months after bombing of European nations that finally culminated in the vicious air attack against England.  The politics reigned even in those turbulent times because President Roosevelt and the political powers of that scream “for peace in our time,” following in step in the weakness of the Chamberlain belief that negotiations would retain that fallacy.  Thankfully, the wisdom of Sir Winston Churchill was a leader emerging to save the English Empire with the foresight of a brilliant designer of the British Spitfire and government backing to put it into mass production.

Today the public places blame on the antics of the Tea Party emergence into a giant conservative movement, one based upon the constitution which was often abused under the dictates of liberalism.  Liberals simply saw the Tea Party as a bunch of simpletons who were emerging to play a hand in politics but were scoffed at much the way the elite always opposed any who have opposing views and, in their superior mode, dismiss any attempt to contribute to returning America to greatness.  This scoffing was not new.  They scoffed at President Ronald Reagan when he denounced the Soviet Union which was for the elite a veiled ally in the world of political adventure of just getting along to avoid any possible mistake which might spur a world nuclear war.  The elite liberals were startled and angry that the President had called their comrades in the stalemate over decades as an evil empire.  The power of the Papacy coming out of Vatican indirectly supported the President’s description label and follow up with rebuilding the military and modern tech war devices for outer-space turned the tide and returned the world to a sane state for the moment.

Don’t get me wrong.  I am angry with the GOP under George Bush and mostly the State Department that told GM Robert Fischer that he was banned from playing the chess match with Boris Spassky in 1992 which I wrote extensively on in previous articles.  The Yugoslav GM Gligoric was instrumental in finally getting Fischer and Spassky once more to cross swords in battle–a twenty year lapse in Fischer’s long absence from the chess world.  As I reported, I predicted Fischer would return to chess exactly 20-years since his departure.  How I knew this was that he was a student of history and was aware of Lasker’s similar return many years before after retiring from competitive play.  He was a avid student of chess history.

And this was not the only slap in the face of Fischer who loved America.  He was denied by the US State Department from traveling to Cuba to play in a great tournament in honor of Jose Capablanca.  Cuba allowed him to participate from NYC which probably tired him.  Still, he finished in brilliant fashion taking 2nd place.  Here, Spassky beat him with his King’s Gambit which prompted Fischer’s article in the American Chess Quarterly as his famous “Bust to the King’s Gambit” which in subsequent articles were challenged by King Gambiteers.  Fischer never responded. As I wrote earlier on this, THE KING’S GAMBIT continues to be a potent if speculative weapon for the tactical player.

As a conservative by nature, I believe in political debate and that such debate gives the conservative a chance to display his or her critical thought given issues concerning whatever argument is discussed.  I do not think all liberalized views are bad nor are those of conservative views always right.  The elite call conservative viewpoints as “the right-wing” of the Republican Party.  The liberals have been tagged rightly or wrongly as left-wing.  You know, I hate those simplistic terms.  In fact, I think those labels are the cause of long term hard headedness that undermines compromise — a tool of some historical adventure in government working for the people’s interest.  History has proved that compromise is a governmental necessity because no group sees eye to eye on every issue.  And every nation requires a strong leader capable of giving direction to the affairs of State.

WASHINGTON by Ron Chernow had to exist in the Revolution at the whims of the Congress which did their best to conduct financial needs of the revolt but also it came to be seen necessary to give the Commander-in-chief national power to wage a successful campaign as he envisioned it.  Even in those times, the leader was often opposed by dissidents favoring states’ rights as well as supporters in planning operations which often had differing consequences.  He came to understand the need for a strong central government.

But a leader has to be able to communicate and respect those having different political affiliations. This revelation Washington truly understood. And those political groups must be prepared to work together or things become messy which is a by-product of stubbornness and inability for government to function with wisdom.  With Obama, I see a man who possesses enormous talents but also weaknesses, of which he will forever deny, and this is where deceit and lying cover-ups cause disunity today with those politicking within the body politic.

Elections are a long way off, especially for the Presidency.  We do not know what evils lurk or what blessings are to behold in the months ahead.  But Congress is given the power of investigation into study and resolving problems and bringing about remedies and the political parties should respect that role given Congressional oversight that includes the President and White House staff.  It is not the responsibility of individuals or even party hacks to call for resignations that defame those in the halls of government.  In most cases, such attempts are driven by political power. Personally, I despise such behavior before allegations are backed up by sound reasoning and factual evidence.  This should always be the purpose and goal of our laws–timely justice.


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