Archive for December, 2014

Kindred’s Special: On Christmas Days and New Year Celebration

December 29, 2014

Enough is enough!  The Biblical records show that Jesus was born of the virgin Mary. Joseph and Mary had gone to pay their taxes and Mary rode on an ass because she was expecting.  They sought a room in an inn but it was full.  No room.  But they were allowed to bed down in the stable for the night.

The shepherds were tending their sheep in the mountains when the angel of the Lord proclaimed to them the birth of Jesus.

So taxes had to be paid.  The shepherds had not yet descended with their flocks from the hills.  It was historically proved that Christ’s birth had to be in our time of August/September.  Shall we say August 25th?  In any case, three wise men came to see the baby who had been born, guided by a star which led them to the stable.  So apparently, Joseph and Mary and baby Jesus had remained in the stable due to Mary’s condition following her baby’s birth.  Likely it would have been at least a week for her to recover by today’s standards.

No.  Jesus was not born on December 25th.  That date was established like most political events that are strictly political decisions.  I have reported on this in an earlier piece.  I shall only comment that it was the date that the pagans worshipped the sun as a god.

Lets face it.  December 25th was proclaimed centuries after Christ’s birth as his birthday. Sticklers argue for what purpose as to when he was actually born. The Bible describes the period of time when he must have been born as I note above.

We have through the ages since been blessed with wonderful stories about Jesus’ birth.  They came from those writers living in the snow belt regions of the Earth.  Christmas has really been commercialized as we know it today.  But is that any reason to remove the joy of the event those many centuries ago?  And Jesus was the Son of God; the angels came from the heavens to proclaim it to the shepherds tending their sheep.  And Joseph and Mary had previously been visited by an angel of the Lord honoring her of her virgin birth to come of God’s own seed.  A miracle YES!

In the simplest way possible, I have given my article to readers of my own research findings of wiser men and women than I who have lived through time with faith and belief in what the Bible says on the subject including the historical records of scribes and human history through the ages.

Not all Christmases are white.  There are also green Christmases depending upon where people reside.  But the joy of the holy season, the wonderment of joy experienced in praising the birth of the Christ child at Christmas cannot be stripped away by those non believers who possess no written records other than their dream world and pushed by the humanists.

In the end time, all things will be made known and Biblical truth given man, woman and child as a great and wondrous blessing will greet the coming of the Lord once more to our planet.

Kindred’s Special: Sometimes I Wonder About Justice in the Eyes of the Law

December 29, 2014

The newspaper headline reads: She stopped to rescue ducklings, and people died.  It is a sad story about a young woman in Canada named Emma Czornobaj who apparently stopped her car on a Canadian highway to herd a family of ducklings and their mother across the road.  Something is wrong with this story. But it is not a rare occurrence.  I know.

Well, in the above case, the incident brought about the death of two people: fifty-year old Andre Roy and his sixteen-year old daughter Jessie, on a motorcycle.  The court says she stopped her car to aid a family of ducklings (say up to15 + mama duck).  My question is, it sounds like a case of careless tailgating (or am I wrong)?  How did this driver not find it easy to avoid such a bad accident happening?  There is only one explanation.  It is a pet peeve with me for 68 years as a safe driver.

Now, two people are dead.  Miss Czornobaj has been sentenced to 90 days in jail and her license suspended for 10 years.

Why do I bring this up as a defense for this young lady.  She is an animal lover like me, perhaps.  But it truly is a form of natural motherhood by a duck or goose.  In the city of Rochester, NY, a bank had a natural set aside area which attracted a number of wildlife.  A mother duck had a brood of maybe 12 or so ducklings which she brought out onto the sidewalk of busy downtown Rochester.  She used her quack language guiding and instructing her ducklings.  They stopped at the crosswalk where she had directed them.  A policeman directing traffic at the Main St. and Clinton Ave. crossing, held up traffic even though the light was green for the main street traffic and blew his whistle and waved the ducks to cross.  Apparently the mother duck knew the cop was giving her help everyday in this manner.  The ducklings and mama duck crossed the street at their leisure pace and continued on the sidewalk down Clinton Ave.   No one was hurt.  No one had an accident.  Most people found the experience sort of human and wonderful.  And this was reversed later that day at the same crossing, every day until city workers had them cornered and picked up to transport them into the wild.

As a driver, I’ve come across hundreds of idiot drivers who tailgate so close that you cannot see their headlights.  I say idiots because they have no place to go anyway since I am following traffic ahead and speed with the flow of traffic.  These nuts who whip their vehicles (of various kinds and makes) out to pass and then give me a stare and cut in front where I shiver at having my front left fender smashed time and again.  I witness numerous accidents caused by careless driving–some multi-car pileups that include school buses.

Some of the cities in New York where drivers stink are Utica, Ithaca, Syracuse, Rochester and surrounding towns. If you don’t need to travel through them–don’t!

So, experience of this driver would guess that death came to such a pair in the above case.  She, of course was guilty of stopping to give ducklings a chance to cross a highway.  How else could they get to the other side.  Think about it. Ducks are and most wildlife deserve to share our land.  As compassionate humans, the local Rochesterians who use our sidewalks recognize the need to accommodate our feathered friends, and drivers need to obey the traffic cop on the beat.

Kindred’s Special News Update– COUNTRY DOCTOR OF THE YEAR

December 29, 2014

John “Rob” Marsh, a physician with the Army’s Delta Force was recovering in Germany from serious wounds suffered during an attack in Somalia known as the Blackhawk Incident–the fierce battle on the streets of Mogadishu that left 18 dead and 73 injured.  He had led the medical team who saved many of the 73 and was subsequently himself badly wounded.

His home town set up a 24-hour prayer vigil, he recalls and, “I turned the corner. …I survived.” Those prayers saved my life.”

The 59-year old Marsh retired from the Army in 1996 and decided to repay the 213 residents from the small community of Middlebrook, Va. Dr. Marsh, one of many decorated medical doctors, has been running the only medical clinic in Middlebrook. He recently opened a new and bigger clinic in the middle of a truck stop off interstate 81.

For his dedication and service to his neighbors in this rural local, now including a roving fleet of long-haul truckers–he has just been named Country Doctor of the Year!

That award is given by Staff Care, a physician staffing company. It is meant to recognize  the kind of rural doctors who still treat entire communities from cradle to grave– runny noses to failing hearts; the kind who still make house calls and, in their spare time, might fight fires, teach Sunday school and do farm chores with neighbors.

When he heard that the owner of White’s Travel Center wanted to include a medical center, just one of a handful of truck stop clinics nationwide, he saw opportunities.

He saw a way to treat truckers, a notoriously sedentary workforce known for bad diets, poor sleep and long hours driving. They are beginning to understand the need for better health. This will enable him to better pay for staff made up currently of a nurse practitioner, a physician’s assistant, medical students and a nursing staff that includes his wife, Barbara.

Today he is very busy.  More locals come to his clinic than truckers.  Eventually, he hopes to add another doctor.

It is stories of Americans like Dr. Marsh who reflect the character of our Land and people–The United States of America!

Kindred’s Special: Chess Like Music has the Power to Make People Happy

December 20, 2014

In my earlier article featuring one of the Berlin system type defenses, namely the Steinitz variation of this classic Ruy Lopez structure and championed by Emmanuel Lasker, I am reminded that there continues to be room for exploration where my square count theory can be illustrated.  Biel 2011 provides it in the contest between Alexey Shirov and Magnus Carlsen.

1. e4  e5  2. Nf3  Nc6  3. Bb5  Nf6  4. d3

AS avoids playing the popular ideas seen coming from the standard Berlin Defense.  This quiet line I shall coin The Boa Line because it reminds me of this snake’s manner of over powering and digesting its victim after squeezing it to death.

4. … Bc5  5. c3  O-O  6. Bg5  h6

A defensive act to chase away the Bishop.  After, 7. Bh4  g5, Black got a good position in Anand versus Topalov.  Carlsen chooses a different course perhaps to avoid some new twist found by his opponent in the meantime.  This is often seen as a reason for creating an alternative plan.

7. Bh4  Be7

The bishop blocks the pin.  Should one move a piece twice if not necessary?  In this case, the idea of tempo or tempi plays less a role because the white formation chosen appears slow so Black is able to use this to his advantage.   The continuation chosen avoids ideas like 8. N:e5 N:e5 9. d4.  Computer thinks 7…a5 or 7…Rb8.  I think Carlsen’s move is sound and logical.  Defensively speaking, it addresses some square count issues.

8. Nbd2  d6  9. Nf1  Nb8

The logic of this is that it is not a retreat but rather a redeployment.

10. Ne3  Ng4  11. Bg3  N:e3  12. f:e3

A bit of psychological warfare is going on.  AS is a player who likes complications and to attack. MC is tantalizing him.  Black shows no real weakness in pawn structure.  In assessing the position, I would favor Black whose pieces are prominent in the fight for board control as with the Lasker game strategy.  Now I am looking at 12. … c6, or Nd7 13. O-O or 13. d4 Bf6 14. O-O  Qe7 with a solid position free of weaknesses.

12. … Nd7  13. d4  Nf6  14. Bd3  Ng4  15. Qe2  Bg5  16. d:e5  d:e5  17. B:e5  Bh4+  18. g3  N:e5  19. N:e5  20. Nf3  Qe7  21. O-O-O

Warburton as I said before did not like castling Q-side but if AS had played 21. O-O Bg4 leaves Black okay and g3 might cause the white position of the King to be compromised. Square count now stands at 4/8 in Black’s favor.  Another feature favoring Black is his solid pawn structure of two islands versus White having three pawn islands and doubled pawns on the half-open e-file that should yield targets in the endgame.

21. … c6

21. … a6 looks like a tempo move, making a square count evaluation since the c-pawn can advance in one turn to c5.  I doubt Lasker would overlook this.

22. Nd4  a6  23. Rhf1  c5  24. Nf5  B:f5  25. R:f5  b5  26. Bc2  c4  27. Rfd5  Be5  28. Qh5 Rae8  29. a3 Qa7 30. Kd2 !

AS wisely puts legs on the King to leave the Q-side just in the nix of time as MC was eyeing Qb8 to back up a pawn storm in that sector.

30. … Qb8  31. Ke2  Re6  32. Qh4  Qb6  33. Rd8 R/6e8  34. R:e8  R:e8  35. Rd5  Qc7 36. a4?! Qb6  37. a:b5  a:b5  38. Qh5.

Again, the square count move idea would be 38. Rd7 and what is that saying about a Rook on the 7th? But then the question is to its historic value in this game?  Just a  thought!

38. … Qb8  39. Rd7 g6  40. Qf3  Rf8  41. Kf2  b4  42. Qe2  b:c3  43. b:c3  Qc8  44. Qd2  B:c3  44. Qd2  B:c3  45. Qd5  Qa6  46. e5  Qa2  47. Qe4  B:e5  48. h4  Re8  49.Kg2  h5  50. Kh3  c3  51. Rd5  Qa6  52. Bd3  Qc8+  53. Kg2  Bg7  54. Rc5  Qd7  55. Qc4  R:e3  56. Rc7 Be5_  58. Kf2  Q:c7  59. Q:c7 B:c7 60. Kf3 0-1

Shirov resigned having met the t/c with a second left.

Kindred’s Special: Dr. Emmanuel Lasker–Champion of Champions

December 14, 2014

Charles W. Warburton and I share the view that one of the most impressive games ever played was the titanic struggle from the 1910 Championship Match between Dr. Lasker and Carl Schlechter.  He played many games that exhibited a window as to how the good doctor approached the game; nothing fancy but just achieving a good central position from which many examples give merit to what I have found among the classic approach to chess play during his era.

Commentary by Donald P. Reithel

Here is game one from their match that the labor of love for the beauty coming from chess is evident in the hands of both players. White:  Carl Schlechter (CS) vs. Black: Dr. Emmanuel Lasker (EL)   Opening:  Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense

1.  P-K4  P-K4  2. N-KB3 N-QB3  3. B-N5  N-B3

It is important to play this instead of 3. … P-Q3 when White can delay castling.  In opening play would you not want to limit the choices from afar?  Most common today is the Berlin Defense but there is really nothing wrong with the Steinitz which Lasker vies for.

4. O-O  P-Q3  5. P-Q4  B-Q2  6. R-K1

White ignores trying to lure Black into the famous Tarrasch trap which he pulled off against Marco in 1892 at the Dresden tournament which is sprung by 6. N-B3  B-K2  7. R-K1 O-O?  8. B:N  B:B 9.P:P P:P  10. Q:Q  QR:Q  11. N:P  B:P  12. N:B N:N  13. N-Q3 PKB4  14. P-B3  B-B4+ 15. N:B N:N 16. B-N5 R-Q4 17. B-K7  and R move, then 18. P-B4 wins a piece. MCO 13.

6. … P:P

Schlechter considered this the best reply to his opening strategy, believing that White would benefit from 6…B-K2 by 7. P-B3  > QN-Q2 > N-B1 rather than attempting the well known line Tarrasch used against Marco and certainly would not be duplicated in this game.

7. N:P  B-K2  8. N-QB3 O-O

The St. Petersburg Tournament, found numerous games displaying this setup so the eventual popularity of 3. … P-QR3 and other alternatives had not fully taken root.  Many of the rising stars felt it lacked a complex enough nature when they desired to win not only with white but also the black pieces.  Today, with computer run tournaments, vast game production from growth across the world available, today’s elite have ventured back into history where they have uncovered new ideas in old systems.

9. B:N  P:B  10. B-N5

Cunning tactics by using Lasker’s own remedies in the opening!  It was thought in those days past that it was beneficial to seek exchange and simplify the position now by offering 10. …N-N5; but it fails because of 11. N:P.  It is interesting to see just how Lasker meets this variation he favored himself.

10. … R-K1  11. Q-B3

CS uncorks a new move to keep black from the above exchange idea which works on the normal Q-Q3 where the maneuver N-N5 > K4 is again met by 11. N:P.  Lasker is faced with a problem of how best to keep this strategy for exchange alive and hits on a solid plan to that end.

11. … P-KR3  12. B-R4  N-R2  13. B:B  Q:B  14. QR-Q1  N-B1!

CS achieves one of his opening goals–establishing Rooks on the central files.  Taking my square count theory, it suggests a big advantage.  Often, this is the case.  However, Lasker has contrived a powerful latent force imbalance to the position.  And here, Lasker shows his genius and possibly just one reason he was champion of the world at a time that featured so much diversity within the master ranks.  He certainly carried his message often that “chess is a fight.”

Why not choose 14. … N-N4?  The answer is that of “force”.  Force of options is a key ingredient of this game.  By choosing the Knight retreat, he prepares to reposition it either at K3 or N3 depending upon the circumstances that develop.

15. P-KR3

CS thought this might have been wrong, citing instead 15. Q-N3 >16. P-KB4 as having more energy. It would have been a ploy that my square count would suggest.

15. …N-N3  16. Q-N3  Q-N4  17. Q:Q  P:Q

The interest of this game is over.  That is what you might think.  It is a common thought to a player who looks for adventure and use of the powerful Queens remaining on the board.

18. P-B3  P-B3  19. K-B2  K-B2  20. N/4-K2  P-QR4

EL desires to increase control of squares and initiates play on multi-square sectors.

21. P-QN3  KR-QN1  22. N-B1  B-K3 23. N-Q3  P-QB4  24. N-N2  N-K4

But not 24…P-B5 because CS had prepared the nasty 25. N-Q5!

25. N-Q5 R-N2  26. R-K3  N-B3  27. R-B3!!

This brilliant concept would have been a delight to Nimsowitsch as a “mystery R move” example. EL now turns to the K-side and avoids a mistake playing 27…N-Q5 28. N:QBP R:N 29. R:N!!

27. … P-N3  28. P-QR4  P-B4  29. N-K3   R-K1  30. N/3-B4  R-R2  31. R-K1  Adjourned.

Lasker had to find a defense to P-K5, and analysis suggested White  stands better in position and mobility. He chooses to put another piece in the box since 31. …N-K4 runs into 32. P:P.

31. …B:N  32. N:B  K-B3  33. N-K3  N-K4  34. P:P  P:P

EL has eased the defense somewhat.  CS now turns to creating a passed pawn on the R-file and determined to score first in the match.  Again, I see EL chess as “A Fight.” in counter-defense mode.

35. P-N3  R-KR1  36. P-B4  P:P  37. N-Q5+ K-B2  38. N:KBP R-N2!

39. K-N2  P-B5  40. P:P  R-N5 41. P-B5  R:QRP  42. P:P  P:P

The tightrope dance started many moves ago has assured both an active imbalance where it proves out that the Gods have placed all into the ENDGAME. EL gets a passed R-pawn and activity while CS has stormed into the enemy guts.

43. R-B7+  K-B3  44. N-Q5+ K-N4  45. P-R4+ K-R3 46. N-K7  R-KB1  47. R-Q1  R-B2!

Time and again Lasker demonstrates why his long journey in the chess world was so successful.

48. R:P+ K-R2  49. R-K6  N-N3!

The last move before adjournment where CS sealed 50. R:N! and the saving move to hold.

White had nothing better.

50. R:N  R:N  51. R/N-QB6  R:R  52. R:R+ K-N3  53. R-B8+ K-N2!

Making the right choice.  53. …K-R4? 54. R-B5 wins the BP and point.

54. K-B3  R-K5  55. R-B5  K-B3  56. R:P  R-QB5  57. R-R6+ K-K4  58.R-R5+ K-B3  59. R-R6+  K-K4  60.R-R5+  K-B3  61. R-R2 K-K4 62. R-N2 R-B6+ 63. K-N2 K-B3  64. K-R3

One last try to axe out a win.  If 64….P-B5 65. R-N3  R:BP 66. R-KB3 achieving a “book win” position.

64. …R-B3  65.R-N8  R:P  66. R-N6+ K-N2  67. P-R5  R-B5 68. P-R6+ K-R2  69. R-KB6 R-QR5

Draw by agreement.

In writing my blog columns I have endeavored to show the beauty of chess. Anything worth doing is worth putting effort and time together in your projects.  I cannot satisfy or reach the lazy.  That is not my nature.  To achieve real satisfaction from any undertaking that you deem worthwhile requires work and experiencing appreciation of a topic discussed.  This article required my diligent study to create a work I hope my readers find worthy of their time and devotion given for the enjoyment of chess in all its facets.

Kindred’s Special: A Visit with Western Massachusetts Chess History

December 13, 2014

Over the years I have endeavored to not only find chess books featuring most of the famous players from the past, but also endeavored to find those written by amateur players, and devoted to regional history. Such a softcover is titled, THE CHESS GAMES OF DAVID LEES and authored by David Lees. I did a book review and recommended it, thoroughly enjoying the well prepared manuscript of exceptional quality.

It is a history of New England chess both as lived by the author, his own selected games that covered a period of chess growth nationally as well as regionally; his research, excellent assistants’ help acknowledged and written record of  Massachusetts gift to American fans everywhere.  I highly recommend this book to add to your own library.

White:  David Lees   vs.   Black:  Harlow Daly   Opening:  Sicilian Defense

Tournament:  Eastfield Mall Open, Springfield, Massachusetts, Date March 2, 1969

Notes by Don Reithel

During this era, malls sprang up across much of the country.  In Rochester, NY we had our own experiences with the early desire to attract customers. Our own experiences mirrored what David relates: steady decline in attendance and by 1981 (1988 here) such support ceased to exist.

I wonder if other malls across the country experienced a similar decline.

1. e4  c5  2. Nf3  Nc6  3. d4  c:d4  4. N:d4  Nf6  5. Nc3  e5

This was Dr. Emmanuel Lasker’s way to play the Sicilian and gained the name Pelikan Variation. Perhaps the most famous game known by American players was the manner with which Robert Fischer handled the white pieces during his own apprenticeship.  White’s next is considered the right way to play.

6. Ndb5  Bb4?!

Black chooses a course when he plays 3…e6.  Normal is 6. … a6 where White seems to keep a microscopic edge but play is very sharp.  Whole books have been written on this line.

7. a3  B:c3  8. N:c3  O-O

9. Bg5  h6  10. Be3  d6

Do you see why White enticed Black’s reply 9….h6?  Also notice Black kind of voluntary exchange of King Bishop to save perhaps a misguided tempo idea is risky.  The dark squares have been weakened.  White elects to complete deployment of forces prior to any invasion using a K-side pawn rollup.

11.  Be2  Be6  12. Qd2  Qd7

Harlow Daly was 85-years young and one of New England’s top players since 1901.  Like many elders who pushed wood across those 64-squares, Harlow was a great storyteller.  Perhaps such elderly players in our chess world today should enrich our chess life with their own reflections.

13. O-O-O

My chess correspondent, Charles Warburton, who I greatly admire for his skill said he was always of the belief that castling Q-side was weak in almost all cases and preferred castling K-side (O-O).  Here, however, David’s plan seems good because he gains room to expand and his King is safe on the Q-side.  But Black sees light with the events closing (e:d5) eliminating the backward QP weakness.  But is it an illusionary misadventure after all?

13. … Rad8  14. f3  b6  15. Qe1  Qe7  16. Nd5  B:N!!  17. e:d5  Nd4  18. B:d4  e:d4  19. Bc4  Qe5  20. Qd2  N:d5  21. B:d5  Q:d5  22. Q:d4  Q:d4  23. R:d4  23. R:d4  Rfe8  24. Kd2  Re6  25. Re1  R:e1  26.K:e1   Kf8  27. Kd2  Ke7  28. Re4+  Kf6  29. Kd3  d5

The White/Black struggle finds Black’s backward pawn turning into a QP isolani.  With the White King dominant, it seems only White can benefit.  The following endgame play reminds me of the famous endgame Russian star V. Smyslov.

30. Re2  Rd6  31. Kd4 Re6  32. Rf2  Rd6   33. a4 Ke6  34. Re2+ Kd7  35. Re5 Kc6  36. g3  Rd7  37. f4  a6  38. b4  Rd6  39. Re7  Rf6  40. Re5  Rd6 41. g4  g6  42. Re7  Rf6  43. Ke5  Rd6  44. R:f7  Rd8 45. Rf6+  Kc7  46. R:g6  d4  47. Ke4  Re8+  48. K:d4  Re2  49. R:h6  R:c2  50. g5  b5  51. a:b5  a:b5  52. g6  Rc4+  53. Ke5  R:b4  Black resigns before White’s follow up play.

David mentions that he finished with a 4-1 finish and in the next year’s event scored 4.5 – .05 behind a Dr. Erich W. Marchand 5-0, a famous mathematician who was champ of USCF tournament participation for many years, President of the Rochester Chess Club,  a Vice President of USCF and instrumental as a member of the committee appointed to create the USCF Elo-rating system.

We often times see upsets in many sports.  It happens in chess, too. I am not referring to an individual game result but what occurred at the Massachusetts Open of 1978 deserves mention as a just conclusion for my article on Massachusetts chess.  I have read similar tales coming from all across the country and most likely internationally as well.

As the 3rd round concluded, a chap by the name of David T. was in the lead with 3-0.  Having drawn with John Curdo, one of the most astute players coming out of New England chess, we each stood at 2.5 points.  Going to lunch, I expected David T. would be playing John Curdo, an obvious last round pairing while I would be matched with the highest 2-1 player provided we had not met earlier.  Well, I came back from lunch only to see that David T. had withdrawn from the event!  As he told me later, he reasoned that he would lose to Curdo who would surely tie for lst if I was to win or come lst if I drew or lost.  By sitting it out, David T. figured he would be in the money with a 2nd place finish with 3 points.  At best, if either of us drew, he would tie for part of the top cash prize.

As a tournament director over many years, I never came across this type of situation.  In fact, while Mr. T. might be smart to guarantee winning some dough, trying one’s best would make his tournament a great experience and show good sportsmanship.  Such generalship is hardly commendable.  To anticipate total failure simply assures failure.  Of course the old saying goes this way:  JUST FOLLOW THE MONEY.  In contrast, see a different outcome coming from self confidence.

Our most recent Marchand event attracted 6-grandmasters. I understand two withdrew.  GM Kamsky came to play and won the event.  But the surprise of the event was that one of our young club players tied for lst.  Of course his opposition was not as strong.  But surprise of surprises, he met and defeated a grandmaster in the final round!

Years ago, our Rochester tournaments were $5 entry fees.  Our opens were sometimes $10 and only much later raised to $20.  Ha! Ha!  At today’s fees, one probably would not draw many to come out.  The difference was that years ago players came to renew that bond with fellow chess players as regionals were few and far between.  We came to play chess and test our mettle.  Few cash prizes existed anyway so the spirit of achievement was the attraction. With today’s high entry fees, withdrawals are  rare but disturbing to me because the BUCK is why a few come. Enjoyment of good competition within their class of entries continues to be the honey that fills their joy!

Kindred’s Special: An Answer to this Week in the News

December 6, 2014

The greatest message, law, instruction ever taught for humans to ponder and think on is found in the Holy Bible.  When I study issues that I have no control over yet witness in the news, I turn to my Bible for reference–really the only reference that gives one guidance to truth and fact where lying can be chastised effectively without ruffling somebody’s feathers. Might I just point to Mr. Tax-cheat, who has the ear of our man of all seasons and reasons, President Obama?

Proverbs disapproves of a lying tongue.

There is a difference between telling a falsehood that is meant to buffer anger of the moment from that of falsehood involving stirring bitter hatred and instigating reprisals.  When a falsehood is expanded upon, then you find conditions that now exist on our TV screens that expose chaos among several cities where agitators simply want to be a part of some fantasy of giving ear and being a part that stimulates their need for instant gratification.  Thus, such lies can stir public outcry that is harmful to a civil society and does nothing to effect improving our lives.

The character of people is affected by having a lying tongue.  Children lie for any number of reasons that seem at the time to be innocent deflections from suffering guilty feelings by covering up childish misadventures that tend to evolve over and over. Wise parental upbringing usually will correct over time such misbehaving periods that sometimes comes from child rebellion where the child feels the need to use lying as a self-defense.  Here, the parent can defuse much by pointing out that telling the truth is hard sometimes.  But with truth comes respect and love. These lessons taught to children in a home where respect for a father-mother love is nurtured is important to how children behave into their teen and later years.  There is the rub.  Too many homes lack that bond and parental training.  Perhaps that is why we see the results now taking place.

In my own community state troopers and city policemen have lost their lives or been seriously injured in the line of duty. Most resulted from criminal investigations or traffic stops.  It is a sad reminder that faces every law enforcement family–never knowing if going to work will be the last day of life as they know it.

We are a law-abiding nation where generational change in social norms have evolved I think certainly for the better as well as for the worse.  The laws that govern are not perfect.  But when we see a flaw, can we not seek remedy without the discord seen?  And are we sure the laws that stand over time are not working?  I really have little respect for the tinkering by these so-called reformers that have emerged today to be any better than some from the past that screwed so much up.

What will really create good change on our life long journey and, that journey one way or another, we all walk may, in fact, come from people we have not yet met on that journey.

Some of our prohibition laws of various kinds, as an example, have been meant to be cure-alls but resulted in more problems than the supposed cure for their passage.  Our penal system has seen an expanse in construction of new facilities and a growth in incarceration over the years. It did not slow drug abuse. The remedy for rehabilitation may well come from families and friends of inmates who suffer a sad home life and difficulties of their loved ones having a chance for a normal life regarding employment and community acceptance.  Maybe one way to correct this is to have a rebirth of Jesus’ teachings.  A perfect group example is what such families and friends might form with former inmates of both sexes in rebuilding the trust and forgiveness that has tormented their souls.  Sounds simple enough, doesn’t it? Yet, a problem exists with the lack of opportunities experienced in the real world of employment.  Maybe if we  all pray on this forgiveness of past sins will lead to a better understanding by all  of us and lead to community spiritual rebirth. For Jesus performed miracles in public among his flock. Perhaps this points the way to a better result by our own efforts instead of imprisonment for minor crimes.