Don’s Comic Update

August 23, 2016

Life without humor would pain me.

Aries  – You’re so charismatic that people tend to do as you wish without even considering if it is best for them.  Luckily you’re kindhearted and have their best interests in mind–variety is the spice of Life!

Blondie and Dagwood – Dag gets a teeth cleaning checkup.  Dental/ We use the newest materials for improving patients smiles. They are awesome!  Let me show you what you would look like with new space-age choppers. Let me turn on our NuFace Virtual Digi-tooth image.  Dag/ Yikes! Dental/ Of course, we would have to fine-tune the fit.

Pickles – Earl takes his dog for a walk and come across a tree.  Go ahead boy, do your thing. Come on now, boy, we talked about this.  No response from his pooch brings out Earl’s frustration.  Okay!  Okay. Fine, have it your own way. I fully understand.  I have a shy bladder, too!

Watters World –  Watters meets Hagar and his Mermaid marooned on a rock in the ocean with sharks floating nearby.  Lucky you don’t live in my world says Hagar.  Everyday is dangerous and treacherous!  Yeah, adds the Mermaid. Lucky me?!

Dilbert – I heard that you self-identify as a woman.  No! I don’t!  Well, I need you to do that so the company can be supportive and win some awards.  They installed for me my own restroom?! 

From My Games — Dr. Max Euwe

August 23, 2016

This chess book was not my first but was in every way a revolutionary achievement in style and introduction of my then limited library of a truly remarkable chess player and writer by the name of Fred Reinfeld.   Chess publishing has produced many books featuring games, problems, openings, endgame studies, tactics, attacks and defense, I remember it being the first book that really stirred my appreciation of how a chess book should be organized.  In this regard, I am sure that Dr. Max Euwe, the fifth world champion, had much to do with its format structure which set the standard for chess literature to follow.

Garry Kasparov’s My Great Predecessors, Part II,  I place equally and in many ways superior in depth and quality of the concept for literary brilliance as a creative chess  artist, writer and author.  His style is unique and his pen will establish him forever on the literary scene at the very top for creative genius as player, journalist, and author.

 

 

 

Current Works By Media Are “Dastardly”

August 21, 2016

THERE IS NO OTHER WORD TO DESCRIBE IT!!  WE AMERICANS HAVE BEEN GIVEN THE SHAFT ALONG THE WHOLE ROUTE OF “POLITICAL CORRECTNESS” CRAP.

They have attacked Donald Trump with — observation, truth, half-truths and just out and out lies.  In a word: SHAFTING IS THEIR LOGO IN THESE TIMES OF GROWING PERIL.

This whole idea of parading a hero family before the public by the Democrat Party on the surface was quite nice.  However, yours truly goes deeper than the sham of it fed to the public.  When a father goes before TV cameras and holds up the copy of the Constitution and raves almighty hell at Donald Trump, I somehow know it was all set up on purpose to draw a sharp response.  I have never seen a man so viciously attacked by an individual who by all accords of people who know Trump’s brash behavior of never defending but counter attacking which is a good idea in a chess battle.  And believe me folks, this whole campaign has been one hell of a chess endgame struggle.  Notice how the media jumped on this completely dropping any investigation news on Clinton or the Clinton Fund.  Nice cover-up news media.  Only Fox News covered both campaigns honorably and thoroughly and continue to strike blows at the corruption and as Bernie Sanders said during their individual run for the nomination — Hillary Clinton cannot be president of the USA, citing specific reasons I am not going to rehash and backed up by a number of key personnel in both parties.  But to go back to this one instance, I think I hit the nail on the head which no newscaster is willing to tackle.

Running for President is not a celebrity toy. He was a successful businessman who traveled occasionally abroad meeting many powerful people in business or government with a solid reputation as a leader who demanded quality but also gave workers incentive and pride in their workmanship, personally meeting many on work sites–men and women both!

He loves America.  He loves his family, job, and devoted to his wife and children giving them as a father should, strong character and support toward their independence and life goals.  Somehow this seems to be a sore spot with the liberalistic progressive movement where quality is forsaken for mediocrity, blaming others for failing in tasks and shirking responsibilities as parents as government and social studies have stressed.

Yes, that news media shortchanges the American family in so many ways.  It turns a light on the evils of our socialistic tendencies of Democrat control of most major cities, schools, and  bureaucrats seem often to skirt the edge of improprieties or just plain corruption. This revelation has just begun to find light cast on why the American people have such a despondent feeling about federal, state, and city governments in Washington,  and across America.  The disrespect shown our congress and senate has shed a poor light for the world to witness as well as tuned in citizens interested in government and how it functions.  Is there any wonder why our allies especially look less and less approval of American policies and governance?  But the good point is that we are a free people who so far have been able to express our beliefs based upon our joint integrities and character as a People.  Scoundrels no longer can so easily work in the dark shadows of back street allies and behind closed doors thanks to the American philosophy of free enterprise and the American way.  Countries need to periodically cleanse themselves because corruption begets corruption and that is the way I see it.

Seeing the behavior and malpractice of good governance at every level, I sometimes feel like shucking the whole thing  but for the joy of being an American  and my readership.   For that I am blessed with living in a free society, one of Christian biblical or other religious belief which remain vigilant in light of that communist devil Saul Alinsky to whom I say: ” I hope you enjoy shoveling coal in the ovens of Lucifer so admired.”

Kindred’s Analysis Connection With Past & Present Times

August 19, 2016

I try to get away from politics but it sure ain’t easy!  No, Americans are fed a line of bull by the Democrat Party and other left wing ideologists lacking the ability to find an argument for a debating subject or having done so by plagiarizing opponents views as their own which defines a copycat.  Often, with politics, this has become mainstream of those supporting one candidate at the expense of another.  For which now, I have one very sharp rebuke: LIAR, LIAR, LIAR!! and; it grows harder and harder for journalists these days to provide cover-ups.  It is working less and less before the public who now recognizes the deceitful manipulation of a media that was once thought to be the watchdog for a “who cares” generation more attune to instantaneous gratification than to good citizenship.

Be it otherwise, there would be no purpose of my writing this article.  But I feel compelled with having several decades of being largely just an ordinary citizen in mind which proves all wrong–I, you and every American wherever you live and whatever your interests — family, friends, work, play demands, yes demands, our personal attention to what goes on in our communities, our local schools, and our tiers of government agencies where today, because of this lack of concern or caring, leave it to a bureaucracy set up during citizen inattention to what goes on in government that is characterized by specialization of functions aimed at policy, fixed rules, a hierarchy of authority filled with red tape and unelected bodies seen as a growing proliferation of control over the whole population.  That is wrong for a Republic to abide for long.

It started, if you even care, with deception, half-truths which each fits my terms LIES and LIARS.  Hide the truth and you wind up shortchanging yourself, loved ones, friends, and associates. Lies beget lies.  The more you fib, the easier it becomes but you face the danger of having your integrity and character always suspect no matter the circumstances.  And you find your own conscience troubled.

Sometime ago I suggested that Hillary should retire, spend her time and interests on being a good mom, grandmother and wife.  I add to it those politicians who think only of themselves, their personal power as well as power base without real care for our nation.  And now I confess I have to add a growing list of frauds who hide in the dark shadows of the news media.

In days of old, there were crooked folks, too.  Cheats, liars, criminals going back ever since man and woman sinned.  Human nature has never been better and yet maybe now even more evil having no fall back on blaming it on lack of morality and education.  The more civilized we have become, the more corrupt and clever the deceivers. The world globe turns and it seems to be the same wherever it is viewed.

Perhaps, in the final analysis, my current column goes to prove to my audience that there is much to be learned from study of the Bible and the Ten Commandments.  Just to think; just to wonder at the texts, the wisdom offered to each who open hearts gives hope for eternal happiness and joy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Newsmakers in US Chess

August 14, 2016

US CHESS VISION

Our vision is to enrich the lives of all persons and communities through increasing the play, study, and appreciation of the game of chess.

Climbing the chess ladder in USA chess after exiting European tournaments successfully, the new US Women’s Chess Champion, Nazi Paikidze, hopes to promote chess for girls in America.

Chess Life magazine gives the American chess public a picture of this talented and charmingly beautiful lady in the cover story: Chess, Gym, Eat, Sleep, Repeat which title refers to her work ethic that combines training with diet, exercise and health.

Rising Star in Princeton, New Jersey

I want to be very good at chess before middle school is over.

Young Winston Ni tied for first place at the National Amateur Championship.  The sixth- grader gained 60 rating points to move into the USCF expert class and jumped on the US Chess Top 11 Age Group list. He attends the chess camps run by coach Jon Edwards, now vying for the World Correspondence  Candidates  Championship held by the International World Chess Federation (ICCF).  I  think playing chess is fun and cool.  Chess has taught me that I need to work hard to be good.  Winning the under 12  section of the Manhattan Open when I was six, I was given a check.  I was disappointed and asked, where is my trophy? I learned a little about taxes that day!

Kindred speaks to readers of Kindred’s Kaleidoscope

The game of chess is seen by many educators across America but also the world as a good training tool for child developmental learning.  It was recognized as early as the 1500s when Jewish mothers taught their children to play chess.  It was enriched by Europeans and given birth in the 13 colonies of North America, Canada in the 1700s and even earlier in South America. It reached total recognition with the development of the rating system, with the rise of Bobby Fischer versus Boris Spassky World title match, spread of in-state clubs, and expansion of organized tournaments at every skill and age level. This, in turn, led to growth by immigration of or visitations of foreign talents.  See my articles that appear on these early chapters on chess history.

Chess can be likened to military service where the individual through guidance and training can reach maturity with principles and personal goals where study habits and family support can be recognized as contributing to success.  This may be why Dr. Tarrasch many years ago was quoted as saying that chess, like love and music has the power to make people happy.

 

 

 

IT’S ALL IN A NAME

August 11, 2016

The term often seen describing the American patriot referred by the news media and politicians is forever seemingly molded in the term: DREAM–The American Dream. But I wonder if this fits the best term to place on such a pedestal;  my simple point is that growing up, the books I read seemed to point to a term like ADVENTURE–The American Adventure.

Perhaps the two terms are interchangeable in elegance.  Certainly one word or the other describes the beauty that emerges out of a positive description that describes the words DREAM or ADVENTURE.   One can be looked upon as passive beauty in thought; the other is aimed at a thought of uncertainty requiring exertion into uncharted waters where success and failure is more defined through our life’s walk if seen from my perch of the close relationship with a chess struggle.

This whole writing is of no real consequence other than to view it as food for thought.  One could wonder if it sounds like something coming out of a Supreme Court debate.

 

 

Earth Studies & Human Tinkering

August 11, 2016

Of the 719 articles I have written I sit here thinking: Humans forever will seek and embrace change.  I touched on climate change issues, the consequences of man’s tinkering with blinders on that have far reaching consequences.

A recent report on the placement of power turbines strategically to benefit from windstorms that the Obama administration so widely hail as a great blessing, embraced also by the power industry, now finds a two-year study as to the effects on the environment…  It is not good.  I said that but nobody listened.  Well, I guess I can put a feather in my cap but I don’t wear caps and I do not wish to say: I told you so.  But darn anyway. I shall for my own unhappy sight of this government study.

Bird wildlife destroyed is what the headlines should read.  It is now verified that bird migratory routes are loaded with these power turbine windmills meant for serving our electric power needs.  The havoc created for flight patterns of many bird species has seen a severe decline in population.  What is the effect on the migratory habits of those species?   And how does it effect natural control of insects that the birds historically help control.  As I pointed out before my pond-lake birds feast on thousands of insects daily but their return every year migrating to and back from Brazil has drastically cut their numbers.  Butterflies,  once the joy of summer gardens now see an almost extinction due to the interrupted migration to and from Mexico where turbines interfere with their migratory habits.  And finally, how does the government and regulatory bodies plan to get rid of the enormous number due to their size as they age and require replacement? No one seems to weigh in on this at all!!

Professional planners or political bureaucrats living in their ivory towers in Washington D.C. have given the American people one heck of a headache and eyesore.  The bureaucrats nor politicians likely won’t suffer any such ill-effects.

 

Giuoco Piano –The Italian Game

August 5, 2016

This opening has retained its value as a weapon from the earliest days of chess sport. Today it is still seen at the club level and in blitz play, even at the highest level.

GM and World Champion Magnus Carlsen adopts it here against GM Vishy Anand at the Leuven rapid tournament, 2016.

l. e4  e5  2. Nf3  Nc6  3. Bc4  Currently all the rage since the Berlin Defense has somewhat defanged the aggressive Ruy Lopez. Carlsen chooses a quiet line that suggests no real problem for Black.

3. … Bc5 4. O-O  Nf6  5. d3  d6.  Kramnik, Anand and Giri each chose after 5. …O-O 6.c3  d5 7. e:d5 N:d5 8. a4!?

6.  c3 a6  7. a4 Ba7  8. Na3  Ne7  9. Nc2  O-O  10. Be3  B:e3  11. N:e3  Ng6.  Perhaps 11. …a5 to stop the pawn advance  and gain Q-side space was more appropo.

12. a5!  Ng4  13. h3  N:e3  14. f:e3  Qe7  15. Qb3  c6  16. d4  Be6  Like many of Carlsen’s games, equal is relative.  Here, sq/ct. shows itself as White has more space and the placement of the two Knights tend to favor White as well.  Microscopic things like this are a byproduct of Carlsen’s depth of understanding.

17. B:e6  f:e6  18. Rad1  Rae8  19. Qb4!  Adding pressure on square d6.

19. …e:d4  20. c:d4  e5  21. d:e5  d:e5  22. Q:e7  R:e7   23. Rd6  Nh8  24. Nd2  A strong idea here is 24. Rd3 > Rfd1 >Nd2, which cause Black more problems.

24. …Nf7  25. Rd3  Ng5  26. Rf5  h6  27. h4  Nh7  28. Nb3  Nf6 29. Nc5!  Finally reaching its destination which reduced Black to passive defense.

29. …Rff7 30. h5   Perhaps an Alekhine would have dreamed up a King journey to the Q-side here but Carlsen’s idea is also  fruitful.

30. … Kh7  31. Rd8  Black suddenly finds himself in a position of zugzwang where he is forced to play the crippling …g6.

31. … g6 32. h:g6  K:g6  33. Rd6!!  Kg7  34. Ne6+ Kg6  35. Nd8  Rf8  36. g4!!  c5  37. b3  Ree8  38. N:b7  Resigns (1-0).  A typical Carlsen style victory!

Can’t Trust What You Read

August 5, 2016

Well, the headlines read CRIME RATE AT ODDS WITH PERSCEPTION.

STATISTICS SHOW GENERAL DECLINE, BUT MANY THINK THINGS ARE WORSE.

The FBI Uniform Crime Report shows that violent crime is on the decline starting from a high in the 1990s.  The number of homicides has dropped steadily by 40%, aggravated assaults by 36% and robberies cut in half.

Maybe that report is talking like a hot air balloon with the hope Americans will feel good. Yeah. Sure.  The public knows better because they live in the real world, not  in Washington,  DC.  They experience the violence everyday. This week a 30+year-old girl was found strangled in a park which was next to her home. Her dad was unable that evening to jog with her so she went alone. “I’ll be okay dad. Be back soon.”  Last words from her lips and hug.  Then there is the drive-by repeat shootings reported on the nightly news.  We had the Boston incident couple years ago.  And so many others across the country. Two ladies went to feed a neighbor’s cat while she was on vacation. Both were brutally murdered by a burglar who subsequently was caught.  Punishment?  Not to fit the horrible crime.  Crimes get solved; crimes are not solved.  That is the damned reality liberal s.o.bs. Oh, we feels so sorry for criminals who need a break.  We need to understand them. Yeah. Sure.  And this doesn’t take into account the cop who was murdered while pursuing a bank robber in Rochester, NY and the many slain in the service of their communities nation-wide. Maybe that needs a special classification.  Maybe the criminal needs a break because he or she was mistreated as a child or had no parental guidance that was worth a damn.  Too often, we see the blame, not on the criminal and act, but on the feel good desire to point fingers at the wrong being misunderstood.

 

 

 

 

Humor is Good for the Soul

August 5, 2016

Aries:  You have taken on this silly and funny responsibility which you promised in a more or less unlimited capacity.  At the time that promise was made, it did appear that you would enjoy this absolutely forever.  Being in its pursuit, you find joy and fulfillment.

Blondie:  Dagwood and Blondie decide to take in a movie. D/ How much for a large tub of popcorn? SC/ $9.00.  D/Hey, its only popcorn! SC/ Fine. Don’t buy any, but the aroma of hot butter during the movie will drive you crazy. D/In my heart I know he is right! as Dagwood and Blondie loaded down with a giant bag and soft drinks enter to find seats.

Pickles:  E/Do you really think it necessary to write your cousin a thank you note?  I mean she will feel obliged to thank you for thanking her for her thank-you?  This could go on forever. O/I hadn’t thought of it that way.  You’ve got a good point. E/Thank you.  O/ No…Thank you.

Hagar:  H/ I wonder if I am as strong as I was 10-years ago?  Oh, you are stronger, dear!  I can smell you from here!

 


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