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I think one of the most sickening memes I see around here is the one of 11 dimensional chess.  That the actions of this President are so arcane and inside a game really complicated that few people actually play.

Well it’s not 11 dimensional chess it’s just chess.

I happened to have taught myself to play chess.  I learned on the internet chess server, and I’ve played to a consistent level of 1800 and spend months over 2000.  So, let me introduce you to a few basic concepts from JUST CHESS from a dude who didn’t even need a lesson to understand it.

CONTROL THE CENTER

The king lives there.  You can mess around on the wings if you want, but most likely what’s going to happen if you do that is your opponent is going to smash up your middle and checkmate you.  So the first thing you want.  The first thing you fight for.  The last thing you want to give up is the MIDDLE.

THE KING IS THE GAME

In the middle there is a piece that is the actual focus of the game.  You may sacrifice down to just two pieces and if those two pieces checkmate the opponent.  You win.  Lots of people love to get hung up on this idea.  Oh no’s my queen is in danger, oh no’s my rook is gone, let me ever so hard fight to keep those things on the board, oops check mate.

YOU HAVE TO THINK

Now even I have to admit I hate long chess games.  My mind wanders, I want things to move, move, move, so I tend to personally play games that have 3 minutes per side per game, and to be honest I prefer a 1 minute game.  That’s me being lazy and not wanting to think.  Picking targets and places to attack are dynamic in a game, and every move will make you have to reassess the value AND ASSUMPTIONS BEHIND everything on the board.  You have to ponder, there can be no snap judgments unless you want to lose, or you have memorized 1000’s of patterns or have some savant like ability to assess.  Or you can take the time to THINK before you start making moves.

I suppose what troubles me about the meme is that it assumes what happens is unknowable.  It’s not.  There is no need to ascend to higher plains to know what’s going on just sit down and think about the game.


Originally posted to An Adept's Journey on Wed Jul 13, 2011 at 09:07 AM PDT.

Also republished by Pink Clubhouse and DKOMA.

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  •  Tip Jar (48+ / 0-)

    "I honor the place in you where Spirit lives I honor the place in you which is of Love, of Truth, of Light, of Peace, when you are in that place in you, and I am in that place in me, then we are One." Namaste friends!

    by Adept2u on Wed Jul 13, 2011 at 09:07:36 AM PDT

  •  Nicely done. (10+ / 0-)

    "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

    by lgmcp on Wed Jul 13, 2011 at 09:09:58 AM PDT

  •  I prefer Scrabble to chess (5+ / 0-)
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    Adept2u, lgmcp, WheninRome, raina, JoanMar

    There's nothing more enjoyable than getting a bingo 7-letter word across a triple word score :-D

    I work with B2B PAC, and all views and opinions in this account are my own.

    by slinkerwink on Wed Jul 13, 2011 at 09:12:44 AM PDT

  •  It's never chess (6+ / 0-)

    It's always poker. All the cards are never visible.

    (Except when it's Fisbin.)

  •  thankyou thankyou thankyou (20+ / 0-)

    I've been trying to drive this home for a week or so.  thanks for fleshing it out.

    to me, everytime someone drones on about 11-D chess they're telling the rest of us they don't have the slightest grasp of strategy, in any form.

    there seem to be precious few actual chess players on here lol.

    "I be the first to set off sh*t, last to run." ~Clifford Smith

    by mallyroyal on Wed Jul 13, 2011 at 09:14:18 AM PDT

    •  from a comment I made earlier this morning: (13+ / 0-)
      I've had it up to here with the "11-D" chess (45+ / 0-)

      thing.  REGULAR CHESS is a game of strategy and tactics wherein you don't telegraph your moves and think several moves ahead, predicting the behavior of your opponent.

      Jesus, does anyone here actually play the game?  it's not star trek.  it's a game actual humans have been playing for more than a thousand years!

      and on here, whenever anyone mentions a tactic or strategy we're derided as believing in "eleventy billion dimensional chess".  LOL it's stupid.

      "I be the first to set off sh*t, last to run." ~Clifford Smith

      by mallyroyal on Wed Jul 13, 2011 at 09:17:04 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Shit... (3+ / 0-)

        I'm still convinced he was playing Spades...  It's all about the books, dawg.  I got mine.  What about you?

        "Jesus, does President Obama start anything on time anymore? It's like being in a club and waiting for Lauryn Hill show to being."- The Rude Pundit live-whiskey blogging Obama's Big Damn Middle East Policy

        by lcj98 on Wed Jul 13, 2011 at 09:50:09 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

      •  Agreed (10+ / 0-)

        My take on it is that when someone decries it as "11 dimensional chess" they're either saying that we're beyond genius because we DID come up with that strategy - or that the President is stupid, because he somehow can't.

        By the way - it's not just chess, it's not just poker - it's CHILD PSYCHOLOGY. The President is an active parent, and as any parent knows, when reason doesn't work with a willful child, sometimes you have to use psychology.

        My parents did it, my grandparents did it, I did it, my son does it... it's a time-honored tradition (and sometimes the only way to get kids to listen).

        Hell, it works pretty well most of the time, especially on three-year-olds. Even if the three-year-old is a GOP jackass in Congress.

        "We have only the moral ground we actually inhabit, not the moral ground we claim." - It Really Is That Important

        by Diogenes2008 on Wed Jul 13, 2011 at 09:51:22 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  Can't speak for others (5+ / 0-)

          But my coinage of the term was a response to arguments that the President was playing a game we mere mortals could not understand.

          It has nothing to do with the "President is stupid." It was a response to the argument that we are too stupid to even try to understand the deep genius behind the President's strategies.

          It also was a response to the notion that much of what the President was doing was somehow new, as opposed to just old fashioned triangulation.

          An important development that is overlooked in this diary is that the President himself is no longer defining the Left Flank of the political argument.

          To wit, opposing the President from the Left has actually improved the chance of Defining the Center in a more progressive direction.

          •  The usage here (2+ / 0-)
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            trashablanca, Adept2u

            Has been to scream "11 dimensional chess!" whenever anyone points out a strategy that the President might be using.

            As I said: If we can think of it, so can he. And he's quite a strategist.

            Most here who use the term use it to denigrate the man, and to ridicule the idea that he might actually be able to think several moves ahead of the average human being.

            THAT is what pisses me off.

            "We have only the moral ground we actually inhabit, not the moral ground we claim." - It Really Is That Important

            by Diogenes2008 on Wed Jul 13, 2011 at 11:09:49 AM PDT

            [ Parent ]

            •  the way i see it most often used (1+ / 0-)
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              CarbonFiberBoy

              is this:

              1.) I think x is blindingly obvious.
              2.) Obama's not doing x.
              3.) The only reason for Obama not doing x is that he's playing 11th dimensional chess.

              so, yes, it's a sarcastic putdown of his intelligence.  Invariably one will disagree and point out that Obama's not stupid, he's just a republican.  

              Usually, though, there's a reason why he does the things that he does, and x is either not blindingly obvious or there are separate, perfeclty valid reasons for the President not doing it.

              "This world demands the qualities of youth: not a time of life but a state of mind[.]" -- Robert F. Kennedy

              by Loge on Wed Jul 13, 2011 at 11:51:07 AM PDT

              [ Parent ]

              •  Mostly obvious though (0+ / 0-)

                People don't like accepting the obvious though.

              •  The problem people have is playing it out. (2+ / 0-)
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                Adept2u, mallyroyal

                They can't. They think Obama should make some particular move, except he makes a very different move. So they think he's stupid or a Republican or a tool, because he doesn't make their very obvious move. Except they can't play the game and see how their move would have turned out. That's the fun of chess - it's a learning experience and one gets better at it.

                Pretty hard to get better at chess by glancing at a master game, suggesting a move, and then walking away.

                My grandfather taught me how to play when I was 8. The very first thing I learned was never to go take a pee in the middle of a game. Lose concentration, lose the game.

                Chess is even harder to play when one has no idea of the rules, how the pieces move, or that one can promote a pawn. I thought O'Donnel's repetition of "nothing's agreed upon until everything's agreed upon" was pretty good. That seems obvious, but evidently is not to a lot of people. It's not written on the wall anywhere or glued to the underside of the lid.

                Corruption is what keeps us safe and warm. Corruption is why we win. -Syriana

                by CarbonFiberBoy on Wed Jul 13, 2011 at 06:16:59 PM PDT

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      •  regular chess is 4-dimensional, (2+ / 0-)
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        lgmcp, Adept2u

        when you factor in the quality of time.  

        "This world demands the qualities of youth: not a time of life but a state of mind[.]" -- Robert F. Kennedy

        by Loge on Wed Jul 13, 2011 at 11:47:15 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  Yummy n/t (0+ / 0-)

          "I honor the place in you where Spirit lives I honor the place in you which is of Love, of Truth, of Light, of Peace, when you are in that place in you, and I am in that place in me, then we are One." Namaste friends!

          by Adept2u on Wed Jul 13, 2011 at 02:09:06 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

      •  The links of serendipity are getting real strong (1+ / 0-)
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        mallyroyal

        I've stopped wondering about stuff like that lately.  It's been on for me since I started really writing the UFO diaries.

        "I honor the place in you where Spirit lives I honor the place in you which is of Love, of Truth, of Light, of Peace, when you are in that place in you, and I am in that place in me, then we are One." Namaste friends!

        by Adept2u on Wed Jul 13, 2011 at 02:07:50 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  I was in a chess club (5+ / 0-)

    way back in Jr. High.  I sucked.  Haven't played it since (I'm 49 now)

  •  Blitz is a completely different game from chess. (3+ / 0-)
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    Adept2u, arizonablue, Nulwee

    Despite the visual similarities, they are at best 2nd cousins.

    Blitz can be hella fun, though.


    Kevin dropped his ice cream and blames Obama? He's gone hamsher!

    by punditician on Wed Jul 13, 2011 at 09:15:18 AM PDT

  •  I like the idea of being excellent at chess (8+ / 0-)

    but I have absolutely none of the temperament to get even good at it.  I do like listening to good players talk about it, though.  There are lots of metaphors for life.

    •  I do too, Hikura Nakamura (9+ / 0-)

      I didn't take a lesson, but I worked at it, and part of that working was watching this dude on ICC they called Smallville.  I didn't know who he was, but he would just slay all comers make GM's look like children.  That was before he put his title up, anyway watching him taught me the value of the kings the game.

      "I honor the place in you where Spirit lives I honor the place in you which is of Love, of Truth, of Light, of Peace, when you are in that place in you, and I am in that place in me, then we are One." Namaste friends!

      by Adept2u on Wed Jul 13, 2011 at 09:18:55 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  So are you making a larger comment (2+ / 0-)
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    Adept2u, Nulwee

    about politics here?  I'm not being snarky.  Your "Control the Center" concept would be construed by many to suggest that any leader (no matter what party) should control the political center.  I'm not necessarily saying that, but many would.

    •  Absolutely (9+ / 0-)

      Obama's penchant for staking out the center, while often maddening to we idealists, is a well-recognized strategy for an administration determined to win another term.  

      "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

      by lgmcp on Wed Jul 13, 2011 at 09:23:34 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Yep that's what I was thinking. (1+ / 0-)
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        lgmcp

        Of course with President Obama, he was this truly annoying habit of pissing off his base (us) which many experts will also say is not a good strategy.

      •  HE should be DEFINING the center (6+ / 0-)

        Not chasing the Beltway Center.

        This negotiation is gong very well for Obama.

        But not because he ran to the Center.

        He ran to the Right.

        Obama triangulated here, and it seems to be working.

        But he has not defined the Center.

        Other players have.

        If this works, then it is important to understand the whole picture.

        Obama took a position and took severe pushback from Democrats. His proposal was in fact rejected out of hand.

        What we all think is that the result can be good. A Clean rise of the debt ceiling.

        But that is not what Obama is arguing for.

        And that is not what is being defined as the Middle now.

        If this works out, it will be a victory for Obama, but also for Progressives, who played a huge part in defining the Middle in this debate. And The Middle is NOT Obama's Grand Bargain.

  •  So, which of us pawns (peons) are expendable? (6+ / 0-)

    The poor?

    The disabled?

    The gay?

    The elderly?

    Of course...

    We must protect the King, always...

    The King of Goldman Sachs, the other Rich pieces...they must be protected.

    In the end, it's all its about.

    I get it.

    •  I've always ended with (6+ / 0-)

      enough pawns to defeat a king when I actually win.  It takes patience and willingness to sacrifice the nobility.

      " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

      by gchaucer2 on Wed Jul 13, 2011 at 09:26:37 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Winning the game (2+ / 0-)
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      Nulwee, Deep Texan

      is certainly not the same concept as "the greatest good for the greatest number".

      "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

      by lgmcp on Wed Jul 13, 2011 at 09:28:32 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  If you see politics as a chess game... (0+ / 0-)

        the it isn't about "greater goods" it's about winning the game.

        If you see society as a "game" with groups and people that can be sacrificed to advance your agenda, then I don't suspect you're really interested in any "greater good" than your own fortunes.

        •  Wave, or particle? (1+ / 0-)
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          Deep Texan

          I don't think power dynamics favor the common good, but neither can I point to societies without power dynamics.  

          "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

          by lgmcp on Wed Jul 13, 2011 at 09:36:05 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

          •  What constitutes "power dynamics" (2+ / 0-)
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            lgmcp, Bindle

            has evolved, fortunately, over the centuries (thankfully.)

            Kings, Queens, Knights and Bishops literally held their peasants under their control through the feudal system.

            Imperialism, socialism, communism, capitalism, all changed "power dynamics."

            And, they can change again, if we choose to re-define as a society what those dynamics are.

            One day, perhaps, they can be changed to better favor a "greater good."

            I think that's what motivates many of us to participate here.

        •  The beautiful thing about chess is that there (2+ / 0-)
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          Diogenes2008, JoanMar

          are no politics in the game.

          But continue on with your false analogy as it merely points out the absurdity of comparing Obama's political strategies to the game of chess.

          “Do not think that I came to bring peace on Earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I came to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law." - Jesus

          by Jose Bidenio on Wed Jul 13, 2011 at 09:53:32 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

    •  Congratulations for coming up... (3+ / 0-)
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      Adept2u, Diogenes2008, JoanMar

      ...with a completely different argument from thin air to attribute to your adversary.  Only trouble is, he never attached any such symbolism to the other pieces.

      So, essentially, you're just making shit up.

      Simple question: In the years since Republicans successfully urged the disempowering of workers and unions in the Midwest, what has happened to those states economies?

      by Stephen Daugherty on Wed Jul 13, 2011 at 01:33:26 PM PDT

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    •  David pawns are important (2+ / 0-)
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      Diogenes2008, JoanMar

      As has been pointed out I didn't say which piece or pawn was representational in society, and as you're asking the People are the king.

      In chess the game among equals almost always comes down to who has the additional pawn.  The pieces are normally readily exchanged off the board, and the position of your pawns if one is passed or not, are they linked, do they work in tandem is the actual game.  

      You don't get it.

      "I honor the place in you where Spirit lives I honor the place in you which is of Love, of Truth, of Light, of Peace, when you are in that place in you, and I am in that place in me, then we are One." Namaste friends!

      by Adept2u on Wed Jul 13, 2011 at 02:04:32 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Having played chess for (8+ / 0-)

    50 years (I suck) -- it was devastating to lose to an 8 year old.  Why?  Because I suck -- and so do politicians when they look at short term gains (take that knight) and not the endgame -- corner that king with pawns and a couple of castles.

    " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

    by gchaucer2 on Wed Jul 13, 2011 at 09:24:36 AM PDT

    •  This President (7+ / 0-)

      Has shown that he's not looking at short term gains. He takes the long view - that which will be the best for the country as a whole.

      Which is as it should be. For those who only care about the short game, it can be maddening.

      "We have only the moral ground we actually inhabit, not the moral ground we claim." - It Really Is That Important

      by Diogenes2008 on Wed Jul 13, 2011 at 09:54:04 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Exactly. (1+ / 0-)
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        Diogenes2008

        He said as much in the last few days -- that the government doesn't operate on three-month gains and losses, a direct shot at the corporations.

        The long view is appropriate to chess, but also to Obama's game -- basketball. Often the first half is meaningless, and strategies change as the second half begins. In a close game, the last two minutes often make the difference.

        Anybody here remember Jimmy Valvano's 1983 NCAA championship game against powerful Houston? Here's a couple of minutes of that amazing game.

        •  This is wrong in so many ways (1+ / 0-)
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          JVolvo

          First, the President has consistently made short term deals, and rightly so.

          Second, the first half is very meaningful in basketball. It is merely the casual observer who does not understand the game who thinks otherwise.

          The NC State game is a case in point. NC State kept it close throughout the game and that enabled it to win in the end. The ENTIRE game mattered.

  •  While we're discussing board games (2+ / 0-)
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    Nulwee, cotterperson

    do you think you could add a link to todays action diary on SS and medicare not being in the mix?
    No decision has been made yet as far as I know.
    http://www.dailykos.com/...

    Here is the truth: The Earth is round; Saddam Hussein did not attack us on 9/11; Elvis is dead; Obama was born in the United States; and the climate crisis is real. It is time to act. - Al Gore

    by Burned on Wed Jul 13, 2011 at 09:25:24 AM PDT

  •  The king in the middle. (5+ / 0-)
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    lgmcp, fumie, Nulwee, Ginger1, Adept2u

    The thing about chess though is that it's been pretty much the same game for 1500 years.  That middle?  Same middle it was ages ago.  And the King has no power to decide where the middle is.

    Also, while protecting the King is of critical importance in chess, protecting the pawns is what is of critical importance here in real life.  If the 11-dimensional chess meme is to die, my hope is that it takes the divine right of kings thing along with it.

  •  Real chess? (9+ / 0-)

    Come on. This is nothing like real chess.

    That said, I am interested in discussing your "control the center" concept.

    As the coiner of the phrase "11 dimensional chess," let me introduce you to a concept I developed that you may like -

    Defining the Middle:

    "Politics is not a battle for the middle. It is a battle for defining the terms of the political debate. It is a battle to be able to say what is the middle."

    Consider my arguments in that post of 5 years ago.

  •  Plain old regular chess? (1+ / 0-)
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    Adept2u

    Really?  Because I swear he's Gamma radiated Dominoes.

    "Jesus, does President Obama start anything on time anymore? It's like being in a club and waiting for Lauryn Hill show to being."- The Rude Pundit live-whiskey blogging Obama's Big Damn Middle East Policy

    by lcj98 on Wed Jul 13, 2011 at 09:46:07 AM PDT

  •  Since Obama was elected, you do have (2+ / 0-)
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    Imhotepsings, Adept2u

    to admit we've seen more arcane, dusty parliamentary maneuvers than at any time in our history.

    As to Chess, it is a less potent operating system than is Risk. Risk pretty much sums it all up. Asymmetry, chance and accumulatory effect are much more realistic.

  •  The King is the Game (3+ / 0-)
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    Bindle, JVolvo, Celtic Pugilist

    That's what it looks like!  If I wanted to maximize Obama's re-election chances at the cost of everything else--the chances of other Democratic candidates, and the prospects for actual Democratic policies--I'd do pretty much what the White House has done since mid-2009.  

    I'll Rochambeau you for it.

    by Rich in PA on Wed Jul 13, 2011 at 09:49:34 AM PDT

    •  Every pol behaves this way (3+ / 0-)
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      Larry Bailey, oysterface, Deep Texan

      I have no idea why anyone is shocked when Obama behaves like every other pol.

      HIS reelection is the most important thing to him and he no doubt thinks it is the most important issue the Nation faces.
      (That might even be true.)

      It takes a certain type to be a pol.

      •  I suspect some people are shocked... (1+ / 0-)
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        JVolvo

        ...because he promised to be different!

        I'll Rochambeau you for it.

        by Rich in PA on Wed Jul 13, 2011 at 09:57:38 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  I still think (4+ / 0-)

          He IS different. And that's what bothers some people, because they can't figure him out.

          "We have only the moral ground we actually inhabit, not the moral ground we claim." - It Really Is That Important

          by Diogenes2008 on Wed Jul 13, 2011 at 09:58:57 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

          •  In what way is he different (1+ / 0-)
            Recommended by:
            Adept2u

            than say, Bil Clinton?

            •  He's not a standard politician (2+ / 0-)
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              Adept2u, CarbonFiberBoy

              He's less concerned with sound bites and elections than with long-term solutions.

              That's my take, from what I've seen.

              "We have only the moral ground we actually inhabit, not the moral ground we claim." - It Really Is That Important

              by Diogenes2008 on Wed Jul 13, 2011 at 11:06:04 AM PDT

              [ Parent ]

              •  A sound bite comment frankly (1+ / 0-)
                Recommended by:
                Adept2u
                •  A sound bite? (1+ / 0-)
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                  Adept2u

                  And your response was.... what?

                  If you can't come up with anything more than your OWN sound bite, which you just did.... then that tells me all I need to know.

                  By the way, if you think your response was substantive - it was not.

                  "We have only the moral ground we actually inhabit, not the moral ground we claim." - It Really Is That Important

                  by Diogenes2008 on Wed Jul 13, 2011 at 03:17:05 PM PDT

                  [ Parent ]

                  •  A comment (1+ / 0-)
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                    CarbonFiberBoy

                    on the notion that the claim of being  "a different kind of politican" s in fact, pols as usual.

                    I asked specifically how Obama was different than Clinton precisely because Clinton said the same BS that Obama does.

                    MY comment was in fact substantive - an apt description of your comment.

                    You asserted Obama was different based on your assertion that Obama was different.

                    In fact, Obana is not different. He is frankly, just like Clinton. I have had this view for many many years.

                    If you like I will provide you links to my arguments for this proposition. Frankly, I think you are beyond convincing on this point and think we would be wasting each other's time in a pointless discussion.

                    You and I both have better uses for our time.

                    •  The difference is that (0+ / 0-)

                      Clinton said it, but Obama intends to do it. Which doesn't mean he'll succeed. But over the long haul, he's moving the country in a more progressive direction than did Clinton, even though Clinton talked the game and had more reasonable congresses. Other than primitive linguistic analysis, I don't listen to what Obama says. He's apt to say anything in pursuit of his goals. I watch what he does: where the pieces stand at game end.

                      Patience is Obama's long suit, to switch metaphors. Everything is the long game, switching again. Clinton was much more into his personal power. Remember how you had to be an FOB to be anyone? There's zero of that now. Obama really doesn't give a fig for his personal power, except where it can help him fulfill what he sees as his mission.

                      Corruption is what keeps us safe and warm. Corruption is why we win. -Syriana

                      by CarbonFiberBoy on Wed Jul 13, 2011 at 06:34:45 PM PDT

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    •  The people are king (2+ / 0-)
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      Diogenes2008, JoanMar

      Obama is the player.

      "I honor the place in you where Spirit lives I honor the place in you which is of Love, of Truth, of Light, of Peace, when you are in that place in you, and I am in that place in me, then we are One." Namaste friends!

      by Adept2u on Wed Jul 13, 2011 at 01:49:20 PM PDT

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  •  Do you know this book? (2+ / 0-)
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    Diogenes2008, Adept2u

    The Immortal Game

    I believe you would enjoy it. I did.

  •  You and I will have to have a Mach pro. I have (3+ / 0-)
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    played the game since the age of 10 and just love it. Winner picks the place for dinner :). Excellent analogy bro.

    ...We have many more issues that bind us together than separate us!

    by ThisIsMyTime on Wed Jul 13, 2011 at 10:48:58 AM PDT

  •  Doesn't understand initiative or strategic game (1+ / 0-)
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    Obama spends way too much time dabbling with tactics and piling up strategic disadvantages.  He doesn't properly follow up on tactical advantages when gained.  (See the whole financial crisis, the health care mess, the oil spill, etc.)  He dabbles around when he has the initiative, let's the opponent recover it, and switches back to defense.

    When I played tournament chess (domestic OTB as well as state and international correspondence teams) I played a strategic style.  I avoided messier complications unless I saw an advantage or was in an eroding strategic position.  I accumulated subtle advantages to steer for a winning endgame.

    Seeing ahead to the endgame was my strength relative to other players, and it is why I don't think much of the Pyrrhic victories that Obama has gained thus far.  

    The opening (stimulus and re-regulation of Wall Street) was slow and meek.  The early middle game was lamentable--the insurance bill is an example of seeing a long term path to mate (via the PO), but instead grabbing a pawn or at best a knight, while loosing the initiative and a rook (the midterms) because of the blunder.  And there was the drilling offer for a climate change bill...giving up a pawn, not getting compensation...and instead losing another pawn with the spill, when the spill itself offered the opportunity to secure a knight.

    Obama's solution for the next stage of the middle game?  He could have recovered some lost material by letting the Bush tax cuts expire.  Instead he waited to offer up the Queen (SS) and/or another rook (Medicare) in exchange for a minor piece.  Luckily his GOP opponent is too befuddled to see what a crushing advantage that trade would have yielded.   (As we say in chess, "one good blunder deserves another.")

    So right now the game is mostly one of blunders, some severe enough to wonder if Obama will even make it out of the mid game and into the endgame (a second term.)  Even if he makes it into the endgame, the best it looks like he might salvage is a draw...and that will require a lot of luck and skill.  

    From a voter's strategic perspective:
    When playing on a team or in a tourney there I had 6 to 12 games going in a section I would tend to write-off some less favorable games like this one...keeping them going with minimal effort hoping for a blunder or to occupy my opponent's attention.   Meanwhile I would focus most of my time and energy on games where I could win or save a draw.  I won several class championships that way and had the best board result in most of my team tourneys.

     

    If you ask "what color is the poster" when someone criticizes the President's policy or track record, you are probably a racist. If you assume white progressives don't like the President's policies because of his skin color, you are definitely a racist.

    by Celtic Pugilist on Wed Jul 13, 2011 at 12:05:24 PM PDT

  •  Chandler (1+ / 0-)
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        "It was night. I went home and put my old house clothes on and set the chessmen out and mixed a drink and played over another Capablanca.  It went fifty-nine moves.  Beautiful cold remorseless chess, almost creepy in its silent implacability."-  Raymond Chandler, THE HIGH WINDOW

  •  I lost my scrabble partner when my daughter (1+ / 0-)
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    Adept2u

    went off to college (truth be told, even before then) so I knew I had to find some way to satisfy my love for the game.
    Sporcle is good but not as satisfying.
    Enter the Scrabble Blast! (read that with booming voice).
    Now I am good. Matter-of-fact, I am very good, if I may say so myself. I am consistently in the 2000s with my highest score being 2366 (I only play the the three levels).
    I was blown away when I saw this:

    Wow!

    The president, I am told, plays poker and plays rather well.
    The Republicans are finding out how good of a player he is as we speak (or type).

    Save Troy Davis! Go to IAMTROY.com and let your voice be heard. Please!

    by JoanMar on Wed Jul 13, 2011 at 05:19:58 PM PDT

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