The Trump Highway

The latest count of Senior White House Officials to leave office stands at 49. Rachel Maddow

at MSNBC continues updating the departures on a screen that continues to be enlarged. The print goes ever smaller every day so We The People can see the titles of the positions vacated. Watch this breakdown at MSNBC:

Employees Don’t Leave Organizations, They Leave Bad Bosses

“There is often confusion in differentiating between leaders and bosses. Bosses command, while leaders lead. Bosses demand, while leaders persuade. Bosses are autocratic, while leaders are democratic. Bosses avenge, while leaders forgive.”

By Professor M.S.Rao, Ph.D.

“People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader works in the open, and the boss in covert. The leader leads, and the boss drives.”—Theodore Roosevelt

“There is a popular saying that employees don’t leave organizations, they leave their leaders.”

There is a reason innumerable people have left Trump world

and will, no doubt, continue to leave his orbit like rats leaving the Titanic. They have left, and will continue to leave because they know they are on a…


Dubya on Trumpster

George W. Bush Reportedly Sounds Off On Trump: ‘Sorta Makes Me Look Pretty Good’

Former president zings Trump in candid comments.
By Ed Mazza

How bad would a POTUS have to be to make George Dubya Bush, a man I’ve come to think of as a lesser version of Mad magazine’s eponymous Alfred E. Newman

“look good?”

“Because the truth is that, during his amazingly inept administration, there is only one thing at which Bush had been diabolically efficient and that happened to be the systematic destruction of his own country.
It was easy to understand that as a particularly lethal combination of arrogance and stupidity, laziness and greed. Or it could be interpreted as apocalyptic evangelism run amok. Or we might have focused on the corporations that had him in their pockets or the neocons or…there were so many explanations. None of which really satisfied my desire to grasp how Bush managed to sabotage his own country in such a virulent way. Here was a man who willfully ignored all signs of the terrorist attacks about to be launched on American territory. A man who squandered the goodwill of the world by disastrously invading a country that posed no threat to America’s security. Who proved more adept at ravishing foreign lands than rescuing compatriots decimated by a hurricane. Who had bankrupted future generations with his inane tax cut. Who had tried to destroy what was left of his land’s social welfare net. Who looked away when people were tortured in the name of America.
It was hard to believe back then that an incompetence so drastic and so persistent was not deliberate.” – From Chapter 11. Mission Akkomplished: From Comrade Bush to Tovarisch Trump, of the book, Homeland Security Ate My Speech: Messages From the End of the World,

by Ariel Dorfman.

A POTUS, any POTUS, would have to sink to a low so deep as to make the Grand Canyon look like a pot hole.

A POTUS, any POTUS, would have to sink to a low so deep as to make HELL seem like up.

Time Travelers

There have been an inordinate number of people claiming to be traveling in time come forward this year.

Time Traveler Says Part of Halley’s Comet Will Crash into Lake Erie

By Paul Seaburn March 7, 2018

“The next predicted perihelion of Halley’s Comet will occur on July 28, 2061. Those of us lucky enough to still be alive then will have a great view of the famous orb because it will be on the same side of the Sun as the Earth. Unfortunately, the number of us lucky enough to see it may be zero. A man claiming to have traveled to the year 2061 says there will be no humans around to gaze at Halley’s Comet because a piece of it breaks off and slams into Lake Erie, killing everyone on the planet.”

Bill Haley and the Comets. Bill Haley is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame which is in Cleveland on the shore of Lake Erie — coincidence?

“Hi, my name is Jeff Williams and I time traveled to the year 2061 and back. In the year 2061 the world no longer exists. I was sent back as part of a top secret group called Solarity in order to ensure that the timeline remains stable.”

‘Time traveller’ from 4040 reveals aliens LIVING on Earth and apocalyptic war

A SELF-PROCLAIMED time traveller from 4040 has described aliens fleeing to Earth from a devastated planet and an apocalyptic war with machines.

By Tom Towers / Published 4th March 2018 (

The Trump Highway

‘Donald J. Trump Utah National Parks Highway’ meets ‘Stormy Daniels rampway’

by Meagan Flynn March 6 at 6:54 AM

“Some Republican lawmakers in Utah are so pleased with President Trump’s decision to shrink two Utah national monuments that they want to honor him with his own road, the “Donald J. Trump Utah National Parks Highway.”

“Democratic State Sen. Jim Dabakis responded with his own renaming proposal: If the House passes the bill, then Dabakis threatened to attach an amendment in the Senate that would rename the frontage road that runs along the would-be Donald J. Trump Utah National Parks Highway.

“He will seek to call it the “Stormy Daniels rampway,” named for the former porn star to whom Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, reportedly paid $130,000 to keep quiet about her relationship with then-candidate Trump.”

“Chess helped me in Academics”

There are so many multifarious ways to play the Caro Kann without constantly playing the same old, same ol’ 1 e4 c6 2 d4 d5 3 e5 Bf5, and I am pleased to see the younger generation finding new moves in old openings in lieu of once again trotting out the same old moves played by earlier generations of players. I recall former US Chess Champion Stuart Rachels writing about why one must follow main line theory, but where is the fun in so doing?

The featured game is between two youngsters not afraid to blaze new trails.

Vladislav Artemiev 2697(RUS) vs

Murali Karthikeyan 2585 (IND)

Aeroflot Open 2018 round 02

1. e4 c6 2. Nc3 d5 3. Nf3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Nf6 5. Qe2
Bf5 (Stockfish takes the knight; Houdini plays the game move) 6. Nxf6+ gxf6 7. d4 (Stockfish & Komodo prefer 7 d3)
Qd5 8. c4 (Houdini & Komodo play 8 Be3. See game below) Qe4 9. Qxe4 Bxe4 10. Nh4 (Komodo prefers 10 Be2) Na6 11. f3 Bc2 12. Be3 (When replaying this game I jotted down 12 Ke2, thinking along the lines of “If he comes into my house, I want to kick him out ASAP!” Then when going over it with the ChessBomb it pleased me no end to see the Fish had it as the first choice!)
e5 (Having played the gxf Kann over the years I would be inclined to castle; so too would the fish) 13. dxe5 (I made it three in a row when jotting down 13 d5!) fxe5 14. Rc1 Bg6 15. a3 Bc5 16. Bxc5 Nxc5 17. b4 Ne6 18. c5 a5 (The logical 18…Ke7 appealed to me while sitting at home with all the time in the world, as white is lagging in development and the move advance of the King gives way for the rooks. The Fish agrees.) 19. Bc4 Ke7 (I could not help but wonder why Artemiev did not preface this with first taking with 19…axb4. So did the Fish…) 20. O-O axb4 (SF has 20… Rhd8 best) 21. axb4 Rhd8 (Now there are, according to the Fish, better moves with 21… f5, and even 21…f6)

White to move

22. f4? (Simply 22. Rfe1 is better, with about an even game. This gives an advantage to black.) Nxf4 23. Rce1 Kf8 24. Nxg6+ (24 g3 is better) hxg6 25. Rxe5 Rd4 26. Bxf7 Kxf7 27. g3 Kf6 28. gxf4 Rxb4 29. Rg5 Rh8 (29… Ra2!) 30. Rg2 (30. Rf2) Rh5 31. Rd1 Rxc5 32. Rd6+ Ke7 33. Rgxg6 Rxf4 34. Kg2 (34. h4, says the Fish) Rg5+ 35. Rxg5 Kxd6 36. Rg8 (36. Kg3 Forcing moves!) b5 37. Kg3 Rf1 38. Ra8 (White is lost, but 38. Kg2, another Forcing move, would make the opponent have to work)
b4 39. h4 c5 40. Rb8 Kd5 41. h5 Rh1 42. Kg4 Kc4 43. Kg5 b3 0-1

Tingjie Lei (2531) v S. Swapnil (2533)

Seville Open 2018

1. e4 c6 2. Nc3 d5 3. Nf3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Nf6 5. Qe2 Bf5 6.Nxf6+ gxf6 7. d4 Qd5 8. Be3 Bg4 9. c4 Qh5 10. O-O-O Nd7 11. Qd2 Bxf3
12. gxf3 e6 13. f4 a5 14. Be2 Qf5 15. Bd3 Qh5 16. f5 e5 17. dxe5 fxe5 18. Bc2 Rd8 19.Qxa5 Bh6 20. Qc7 Bxe3+ 21. fxe3 Qg5 22. Kb1 Qe7 23. Qxb7 O-O 24. Rd2 e4 25. Qc7 Ra8 1-0

Vladislav Artemiev (2524) v Alexey Zenzera (2387)

Event: Somov Memorial 2013
Site: Kirishi RUS Date: 05/16/2013
ECO: B10 Caro-Kann, two knights variation

1. e4 c6 2. Nc3 d5 3. Nf3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Bf5 5. Qe2 e6 6. g3 Nf6 7. d3 Nxe4 8. dxe4 Bg4 9. Bg2 e5 10. Be3 Be7 11. O-O O-O 12. h3 Bxf3 13. Bxf3 Bg5 14. Rad1 Qe7 15. Bxg5 Qxg5 16. Qc4 Qe7 17. Bg4 g6 18. h4 h5 19. Bh3 Rd8 20. Rxd8+ Qxd8 21. Qb3 b6 22. c3 Na6 23. Qa4 Nc5 24. Qxc6 Qe8 25. Qxe8+ Rxe8 26. Rd1 Kf8 27. f3 Ke7 28. Kf2 Rd8 29. Rxd8 Kxd8 30. b3 Ke7 31. Ke3 Kd6 32. b4 Na6 33. Bf1 Nc7 34. f4 f5 35. Bc4 exf4+ 36. Kxf4 fxe4 37. Kxe4 Ke7 38. Ke5 Ne8 39. Bd3 Kf7 40. c4 1-0

Nastassia Ziaziulkina (2369) v Jovana Rapport (2327)

Event: 21st European Teams Women
Site: Hersonissos GRE Date: 11/04/2017
ECO: B10 Caro-Kann, two knights variation

1. e4 c6 2. Nc3 d5 3. Nf3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Nf6 5. Qe2 Bf5 6. Nxf6+ gxf6 7. d4 Bg4 8. Qe4 Bxf3 9. gxf3 e6 10. Bf4 Qa5+ 11. Bd2 Bb4 12. c3 Be7 13. Bc4 Nd7 14. Rg1 O-O-O 15. Rg7 f5 16. Qe3 Rhg8 17. Rxf7 Rg1+ 18. Bf1 Bg5 19. f4 Bxf4 20. Qxf4 Qb5 21. O-O-O Rxf1 22. Rxf1 Qxf1+ 23. Kc2 h5 24. Re7 Qc4 25. b3 Qa6 26. a4 c5 27. dxc5 Qc6 28. Be3 Nxc5 29. Qc4 Rd5 30. Bxc5 Rxc5 31. Qxe6+ Qxe6 32. Rxe6 Rd5 33. Rh6 Re5 34. Kd3 b5 35. axb5 Rxb5 36. Kc4 Re5 37. Rxh5 Re4+ 38. Kd3 Rf4 39. Ke3 Re4+ 40. Kf3 Re5 41. Kf4 Re2 42. Kxf5 Rxf2+ 43. Ke4 a5 44. Rxa5 Rxh2 45. Ra7 Kb8 46. Rg7 Rb2 47. b4 Rd2 48. c4 Rd1 49. b5 Kc8 50. c5 Kb8 51. b6 Re1+ 52. Kd5 Rd1+ 53. Kc6 Rd8 54. Kb5 Rd5 55. Ka6 1-0

GM Karthikeyan Murali: “Chess helped me in Academics”

Trump is a LOSER!

The headline reads:

History experts in New York Times op-ed: Trump worst president ever, Obama in top 10

This is from the USA Today, or as Louisville Lefty deprecatingly called it, the “McPaper.” It was, though, one of the newspapers to which he subscribed and used in his work. The original article can be found with this headline:

How Does Trump Stack Up Against the Best — and Worst — Presidents?

Actually, the Donald

is not “stacked up” but “stacked down.” All of the other POTUS are stacked upon Donald poppinJay Trump because he finished on the bottom as the worst POTUS in history. He is a LOSER!

From the article: “Let’s say that, according to the 170 members of the American Political Science Association’s Presidents and Executive Politics section who filled out our survey, he has at least three years to improve on an ignominious debut.”

A book currently being read, HOMELAND SECURITY ATE MY SPEECH,

by Ariel Dorfman,

caused me to reflect upon the Trumpster’s “ignominious” ranking. Obama’s (or as I came to think of him, Obummer) top-ten placing no doubt has caused the TrumPet much grief. Good, I say, because poppinJay has caused We The People much of the same! The man (and I use the word loosely) is a JOKE. Unfortunately, the joke is on US…

The book is a wonderful collection of essays written for other publications. “Time magazine calls the author a “literary grandmaster.”

In chapter eight we find the author writing a letter to the Donald as former POTUS James Buchanan,

the man the Trumpster replaced on the bottom of the list of POTUS.


How long have I waited for your advent, prayed for someone like you to come along? All these years, since my death in 1868, I have watched each election cycle, hoping that finally my savior would appear, a man – heaven forbid it should be a woman! – who would rescue me from my status as the worst president in the annals of the United States.
Limited as your knowledge of our past may be, surely you are aware that I have been blamed for the seccession (sic) of the Southern states in 1861, just as my term was ending. Unfairly faulted for the Civil War that ensued, I am now relieved to know that the presidency will soon be in the hands of someone who will, I am certain, go down in history as a leader who most bitterly divided the nation and undermined the foundations of our democracy.”

I have read the first two parts and it only gets better!

Modern Chess with the Clanking Digital Monsters

Vladislav Artemiev (RUS) 2697 versus

Alan Pichot (ARG) 2552

Aeroflot Open 2018 round 01


1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d3 Nc6 4. g3 Nf6 (Houdini & Stockfish prefer an immediate 4…d5) 5. Bg2 d5 6. Qe2 6 Nbd2 is most often played, yet Komodo Stockfish prefer immediate castling) Be7 7. O-O (The most often played move but there is disagreement between the Big Three, with the Dragon choosing 7 c3; the Fish 7 Bf4; and the escape artist 7 e5) O-O 8. e5 Nd7 9. c4

b5 (There is a reason this move has been rarely played, yet is has been played by top GMs. 9…Nb6 and d5 have most often been the choice, but Komodo considers 9…a6 best) 10. cxb5 (SF plays cxd5) Na5

11. Nc3? (This is the kind of ‘natural’ move from which one must not play as it hands over the advantage to the opponent. Both Houdini & Fish advocate 11 Qc2, a move that has yet to be played by a human. An alternative would be 11 Nfd2, as in Kryvoruchko v Svetushkin below) a6 12. Bf4 (Dragon & Fish prefer bxa6) axb5 13. Nxb5 Ba6 14. Nc3 Nc6 15. h4 Qb6 (Fish & Dragon play 15…h6; Houdini Nd4) 16. b3 (The choice of Stockfish-16. Rfd1 Nd4 17. Qd2 Rfb8 18. Rdb1 1/2-1/2, Alexander Stripunsky (2536) v Axel Bachmann (2653) 2017 World Open)

We are now in uncharted territory. My thinking is development has been almost completed with only finding a good home for the rooks needed for completion.

16…Rfe8? (Black could have retained a small advantage with 16…h6; Qa5; or Nb4, according to Stockfish. Komodo would play 16…Qd8)

17. Rac1? (17. Nxd5! is given by the Stockfish program at ChessBomb, with the following amazing line, 17…exd5 18. e6 Nce5 19. exd7 Nxd7 20. Rfe1 Nf6 21. Qd2 Bc8 22. Be3 Be6 23. d4 cxd4 24. Qxd4 Qb7 25. Ne5 Ne4 26. Rec1 Bb4 27. Rc2 f6 28. Nd3 Ba3 as the only way for white to retain an advantage)

17…Qa5 (SF gives, in order, 17…h6; Qb7; Qa7; & Nb4, as holding a small advantage)

18. Rfd1 (Once again SF gives 18. Nxd5 exd5 19. e6 Nf6 20. exf7+ Kxf7 21. Ng5+ Kf8 22. Qe6 Nd8 23. Qf5 Nf7 24. Bxd5 Nxg5 25. hxg5 Bc8 26. Be6 Bxe6 27. Qxe6 Nh5 28. Bd6 g6 29. Rxc5 Qd8 30. Bxe7+ Qxe7 31. Qc4 Rxa2 32. g4 Ng7 33. b4 holding the game in balance)

18…Nd4 (Nb4 or h6) 19. Qd2 (Qe1!) Bf8 (Qb6!) 20. Na4 (g4; Qe1; & Qe3 with an equal game)

Nxf3+ ((20… Qxd2 -+) 21. Bxf3 Qxd2 22. Rxd2 Reb8 23. Bg2 Rb4 (h6=) 24. Rdd1 (Be3 +=) Bb5 25. Nc3 Bc6 (Ba6) 26. Rc2 g6 (Bb7) 27. Ne2 Bb5 28. Nc1 Ba6 29. Be3 Nxe5? (h5 or Be7) 30. Bxc5 Rbb8 (Bxc5) 31. Bxf8 (+-) Kxf8 32. d4 Nd7 33. Bf1 Rb4 (Nf6)

34. Rc6? (34. Bxa6 Rxa6 35. f3 Nf6 36. Kf2 Ra3 37. Ke3 Rb8 38. Nd3 Ne8 39. g4 Rba8 40. Rdd2 Nd6 41. Kf4 Kg7 42. Rc6 Ne8 43. Nb4 Nf6 44. Rdc2 h5 45. g5 Ng8 46. Rc8 Rxc8 47. Rxc8 Ne7 48. Rb8)

34…Bb7 (Bxf1 holds white to a small advantage)

35. Rc7 Ke8 36. Nd3 Rb6 37. Nc5 Bc8 38. Rd2 Kd8 39. Nxd7 Bxd7 40. Rc5 h6 41. f4 Ke7 42. Kf2 g5 43. Ke3 Kd6 44. Rcc2 Rg8 45. Rg2 Rb4 46. Bd3 f6 (f5 is better) 47. Rcf2 (fxg5 fxg5) e5 (f5) 48. hxg5 exd4+ 49. Kd2 hxg5 50. fxg5 fxg5 51. Rf6+ Kc7 52. Rh2 (Rgf2) Rbb8 53. Rf7 (Kc1 or Bf5)
Rbf8 54. Rfh7 Kd6 55. R7h6+ Kc7 56. Be2 Ra8 57. a4 Rgb8 58. Bd1 Bf5 59. Rf6 Be4 60. Rhh6 Rf8 61. Rc6+ Kb7 62. Rb6+

Ka7? (This move is a huge mistake. The most amazing thing about modern Chess is that players today have ‘clanking digital monsters’ that show a line proving what a large difference there can be between two similar moves. To play Chess well at the top-level players must make PRECISE moves. The difference now is that one can, at the touch of a button, see a line produced by the ‘clanking digital monster’ illustrating how much difference there is, when ‘back in my day’ we would argue endlessly over such moves, and produce far worse lines. I recall human World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen saying in an interview that he only looked at Chess on a board and pieces when he was with other humans. Humans playing Chess today should be far superior to those from the BC (Before Computer) age. Check out this line if you do not believe me: (62… Kc7 63. Rhc6+ Kd8 64. Rb7 Rh8 65. Bg4 Rh2+ 66. Kc1 Rh1+ 67. Kb2 Rb1+ 68. Ka3 Ra1+ 69. Kb4 R8xa4+ 70. bxa4 Rb1+ 71. Kc5 Rxb7 72. a5 Rc7 73. Rxc7 Kxc7 74. Kxd4 Kc6 75. Be2 Bf5 76. Ke5 Be4 77. Bf1 Kb7 78. Bb5 Ka7 79. Kd4 Kb7)

63. Ra6+ Kb7 64. Rhb6+ Kc7 65. Rc6+ Kb7 66. Rab6+ Ka7 67. a5

Rfc8? (Black was no doubt losing but this move lets go of the rope completely. The only move to continue the game was to EXAMINE ALL CHECKS!) 68. Re6 Re8 69. Ra6+ Kb7 70. Reb6+ Kc7 71. Rc6+ Kd7 72. Bg4+ Ke7 73. Rc7+ Kf8 74. Rf6+ Kg8 75. Be6+ 1-0

I would like to thank the ChessBomb for making this information available to people, like me, who have no CDM (Clanking Digital Monster)!

Lastly, I would like you to know that I played over this game on a board with pieces one can touch, and move about, while taking notes, before going to, as I think of it, Da Bomb’. I will admit to finding about half of the better moves given by Da Bomb, and would be ashamed to print most of the “variations” found with my brain. At my age, and with my simple understanding, I am thrilled when somehow finding the first moves of most of these variations.