Archive for April, 2016

Don’t Tread on Me with Half-truths

April 29, 2016

While I was tied to the house, I got a book from my library called THE SHIP OF FOOLS. It appeared in Germany in 1494.  It is a classic everyone should read.  It remains one of the great books in the formation of the modern world.

That book reminds me of current times.  It’s poetry brings forth the whole of our times and points a bit to the characters that engulf a truism: things rarely ever change.  In some ways, it reflects the very essence of what makes up the human race–never mind the evolution of time, ideas, and experiences of the main characters.

In the analysis of the moment, it is understandable the state of politics that come across our screens everyday and every night.  It befuddles the political experts, journalists,  TV talk show banter.  Still, the emergence of something new and different, of controversial topics once thought taboo hit the fan when Donald Trump announced his interest in the debates, his own funding of his candidacy and strong independent surge of truth telling that shocked the whole of audiences that for too long have been fed the bull of the leftist policy makers.  There is a word for it, folks.  MAVERICK.

That is something long lacking in our digestive buds.  It is inspiring. It is cut to the chase because it has taken guts to stir the embers that have for too long been moisture dead.

Don’s Look at Life

April 29, 2016

Tip of the Day –  When age creeps up on you, three things occur.  Your memory starts to go and I just cannot remember the other two.

Aries –  Take a non-confrontational stance when communicating with others.  Avoid if you must.  Defer if you can.  Sweetness and kindness wins the day and leads to a gracious exit.

No Cards, please.  I was in hospital two days.  My Lord gives me strength. I am finally back in the saddle.

Blondie –  Stress is on the mind of both Herb and Dagwood.  That is some serious whittling you got going Herb. I like to whittle when I am stressed out.  I’ll go fetch a knife and join you.  Yeah, while you are at it, bring some more lumber.

Pickles –  You know what I’d like to do?  Take a walk across America.  A journey of discovery!  A way to see and experience the spirit of the Hobo.  A lot of sights to see.  Yep, a trek along the highways and bi-ways, I’d be taking stock of America, the people and learning more about myself. Either that or learn to play the ukulele.

Beetle Bailey –  Sir, your wife is on the phone.  Does she sound mad?   Well, I hear a lot of snarling and growling.

For Better or Worse –  Look Paula!  I got my ears pierced.  Now I can wear earrings just like you.  Everything you got, I got too!  Check this out, Liz.  I just got a new pair of nylons.

The Family Circus –  You know babies no longer get delivered by storks.  Now, the new trend is by drones.


Don’s On Eve of the NY Vote

April 11, 2016

Aries – You already know a handful of subjects to entertain and connect over. New topics and  activities will be looked for.

Blondie– Blondie stops at a greeting card shop.  I am looking for some nice stationery to write a letter to a dear friend.  Oh, my goodness!  Are you all right?  Yes, I’m fine thank you. It’s just been so long since anyone has asked for actual stationery.

Pickles –  Nelson, you are my one and only grandson.  That makes you very special.  You are all that I leave behind after I am gone.  Don’t listen to him.   I’ve  been picking up after Grampa for years what he leaves behind.

Hagar –  Hagar, you must give up your sinful ways!  Okay! I guess I can give up killing, stealing and drinking!  First, give up LYING!

Aesthetic Value –  It has been a long time since the chess world sought the answer to: Can the computer beat a human?  Now the question has become: Can a chess computer create chess ART?  Pal Benko answers that question on page 30, Chess Review, 2016.

Don’s Adventure into Robots

April 11, 2016

When I was little, I remember a pal of mine suggesting to our teacher and class that someday the world may be ruled by robots and our world will be likened to something resembling the Flash Gordon comic strip.  For some reason I can’t recall her response other than to say he had a very imaginative but really wasteful use of his time with make believe tales.

Years later there came first rockets that put man in space, then a Presidential directive to land a man on the moon.  Maybe it was the cold war with the Soviet Union that pushed our scientists and government to ever increase funding for such what that lad had innocently perhaps envisioned.  But then I thought it was such kids with imagination that would turn loose the brainpower to believe that nothing was impossible.

Today we see private business venturing into a whole field of investigative research and development in the quest to unlock the whole of the universe, even the Bible refers to the latter days where all mysteries of life itself will be made known.

Even growing up in the 50s,  the social studies teacher had us debate the effects of automation in the our world.  And the pros/cons filled the  blackboard.

Robots replace the human workforce?  The lust for the main goal of greed to wealth and personal prestige in both private and public venues has seen an ever increasing  debauchery raping the human spirit and our very future as a historical record.

Our whole life support rests with the vast record of electronics.  So it behooves us to understand the value of literature, of the value of library contents.  If mischief can create regional, national and international hysteria and both government and private business find it ever a greater threat and challenge–Well?

We have come to embrace and depend upon the machine world.  It has given us, with man’s blessing, a world class chess and other game wizardry where human superiority has been stripped away.  It has created a multi-class world where technical perfection supersedes any and all accounting of the human condition.  If the robot can ever be programmed to replace human brainpower, then it will either control or destroy the human spirit that makes humans individually special and likely that of the animal and plant world.





Faith and Blessings in War

April 7, 2016

Address to the American people by President Franklin D. Roosevelt

Almighty God: Our sons, pride of our Nation, this day have set upon a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our Republic, our religion, and our civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity.  Lead them straight and true; give strength to their arms, stoutness to their hearts, steadfastness in their faith.

They will need Thy blessings. Their road will be long and hard. For the enemy is strong. He may hurl back our forces.  Success may not come with rushing speed, but we shall return again and again; and we know that by Thy grace, and by the righteousness of our cause, our sons will triumph.

They will be sore and tried by night and by day, without rest until the victory is won. The darkness will be rent by noise and flame. Men’s souls will be shaken with the violence of war.

For these men are lately drawn from the ways of peace. They fight not for the lust of conquest. They fight to end conquest. They fight to liberate. That fight to let justice arise, and tolerance and good will among all Thy people. They yearn but for the end of battle, for their return to the haven of home.

Some will never return. Embrace these, Father, and receive them, Thy heroic servants, into Thy kingdom.

And for us at home–fathers, mothers, children, wives, sisters, and brothers of brave men overseas–whose thoughts and prayers are ever with them — help us, Almighty God,  to rededicate ourselves in renewed faith in Thee in this hour of great sacrifice.

Many people have urged that I call the Nation into a single day of special prayer. But because the road is long and the desire is great, I ask that our people devote themselves in a continuance of prayer.  As we rise to each new day, and again when each day is spent, let words of prayer be on our lips, invoking Thy help to our efforts.

Give us strength, too — strength to our daily tasks, to redouble the contributions we make in the physical and the material support of our armed forces.

And let our hearts be stout, to wait out the long travail, to bear sorrows that may come, to impart our courage unto our sons where ever they may be.

And, O Lord, give us Faith. Give Faith in Thee; Faith in our sons; faith in each other; Faith in our united crusade. Let not the keenness of our spirit ever be dulled.  Let not the impacts of temporary events, of temporal matters of but fleeting moment, let not these deter us in our unconquerable purpose.

With Thy blessing, we shall prevail over the unholy forces of our enemy.  Help us to conquer the apostles of greed and racial arrogance. Lead us to the saving of our country and, with our sister Nations into a world unity that will spell a sure peace–a peace invulnerable to the scheming of unworthy men.  And a peace that will let all live in freedom, reaping the just rewards of their honest toil.

Thy will be done, Almighty God. Amen.

Something Old, Something New-

April 4, 2016

A new tactic was seen coming out of the London 2015 Chess Classic game between the two super stars  Anish Giri and Hikaru Nakamura. So, set up your pieces and lets Tango!

l. Nf3  d5 I like HN play into the center here. 2. g3 Nf6  3. Bg2 e6 4. O-O  Be7  5. d3 O-O 6. Nbd2 c5   Here, Aronian has tried 6…Nc6 which is another set up aiming at a pawn center with e5.

7. e4  Nc6  8. Re1  Qc7  9. Qe2  b5  10. a4 b4  11. e:d5!?

A new move introduced into this position but nonetheless a common play in this type of set-up.  Still, it seems to offer nothing if one thinks about pressure chess.

11. … e:d5  12. Nb3  Re8  13. Bf4  Qb6  14. a5  Qb5  15. Qd2

An interesting idea might be 15. …a6 with the idea to swing the Rook to the center/kingside via Ra7.

Be6 16. a6!!?

One might look at this as a s/c injection into the position using the a-pawn as a lure in part to get in a more effective Bg5 as a future target.  In the same view, now …Rad8 which fits my s/c theory suggests itself. But Black now walks off in a different direction, eventually leading to a big plus s/c for White.

16. … Bf8 17. Ne5  N:e5  18. B:e5  Nd7  19. Bf4  Qb6  20. c3  Rac8  21. Qc2  d4  22. Nd2  h6 23. h4 d:c3  24. b:c3 b:c3  25. Q:c3  Nf6  26. Nc4  Qd8  27. Bb7 Nd5  28. Qd2 N:f4  29. Q:f4 Q:d3  30. Ne5  Qd6  31. Rad1  Qc7 32. N:c6 Q:c6 33. B:c6  R:c6  34. Qa4 Rec8  35. Rd8 c4 36. R:c8 R:c8 37. R:c6 f:e6  38. Qd7 Rc5  39.Q:e6+ Kh7 40. Qf7 Bd6  41. h5 Rg5 42. Kg2 c3 43. f4 c2 44. f:g5 c1Q    45. g6+ Kh8 46. Qe8+ Bf8 47. Q:f8#.

Part of the above sequence was adjudication analysis by Giri.  It reminds one to never give up the ship.

















































































Don’s Comic Shorts

April 4, 2016

Aries –  The one who makes you feel that you must perform in order to earn love is not giving love at all.

Leo –  The answer to one problem is a seed to another problem.  Avoid  the attempt to solve until letting it digest for awhile.

Thought of the Day –  Did you get fooled by someone on April lst this year?  The truth is to believe nothing and trust nobody–just like any other day!

A Private Time Dinner Date – Lets order dessert. Shh, not so loud. What do you mean.  Well, bless my soul!  Imagine meeting you two here!

Pickles –  I was knitting a scarf for cousin Hazel when I remembered that she was dead. I think I forgot because I still see her Facebook photo all the time. Oh, you mean it haunts you?  Creepy.   Oh, I don’t really mind because she has a lot of great recipes!

Shoe –  I didn’t like your latest column.  Well, I asked my subscribers and they said they both did.

Left Out Feeling –  I didn’t like your mystery tale at all.  It was too short.  You are no A. C. Well, my space allows no book.