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Date: 12 Jan 2009 19:09:11
From: samsloan
Subject: Unofficial Candidates List
[quote="Randy Bauer"][quote="nolan"]11 sets of nominating petitions
have been received for candidates in the 2009 EB election.

The filing fees for all of these candidates have been received and all
of these individuals have either signed their own petition or
otherwise indicated their willingness to be a candidate in the
election. The office is still in the process of verifying that all of
these petitions have the necessary number of valid signatures, that
process should be completed tomorrow.

The candidates in alphabetical order are:

Mike Atkins
Jim Berry
Bill Goichberg
Ruth Haring
Eric Hecht
Mikhail Korenman
Brian Lafferty
Blas Lugo
Brian Mottershead
Mike Nietman
Sam Sloan

A few signed petitions were received for Beatriz Marinello and David
Quinn. However, no filing fee or statement of intent to run from
either of these individuals was received, so these individuals have
not met the requirements for being certified as a candidate in the
election.

Once the office has completed the process of verifying the signatures,
a double-blind random drawing will be held at the office to determine
the order the names will be placed on the ballot, which will also be
the order that the candidate statements will appear in Chess Life.
--
Mike Nolan, Chair, USCF Election Committee[/quote]

An interesting field with several excellent candidates. The candidate
I most wholeheartedly support, without a doubt, is Jim Berry. I also
think that Bill Goichberg's institutional knowledge, energy and
passion for the USCF is worthy of support. Beyond that, we shall see.

If somebody had told me a month ago that the over/under for number of
candidates was 11, I would have jumped at the under.

Randy Bauer [/quote]

Bill Goichberg has been on the board in a control position for seven
years and the USCF has lost money in every one of those seven years.

Kindly explain why that means that his "knowledge, energy and passion
for the USCF is worthy of support".

Sam Sloan




 
Date: 13 Jan 2009 05:56:16
From: samsloan
Subject: Re: Of Polgar Recruits for the Executive Board
From the Polgar blogspot:

I vote not for Goichberg, not for Sloan, not for Mottershead, not for
Hough, and not for Berry!

I will not eat green eggs and ham.

Sam I am.


 
Date: 13 Jan 2009 04:39:15
From: Rob
Subject: Re: Unofficial Candidates List
On Jan 13, 6:22=A0am, samsloan <samhsl...@gmail.com > wrote:
> Interesting that the candidate's list is almost entirely of unknown
> persons. (Of course, I know all but one of them, but the USCF voters
> know little or nothing about most of them.)
>
> What we have here is a known Goichberg slate, a suspected Polgar
> slate, and three independents.
>
> I am of course one of the independents.
>
> We will find out who is on the Polgar slate soon, when Polgar starts
> writing on her blog and websites about how great and wonderful this or
> that candidate is.
>
> (She has already told us a little about whom she is backing by listing
> eight of the candidates on her chess discussion group, thereby
> omitting three of the candidates. The three omitted candidates are
> included in the five that she is currently suing.)
>
> Goichberg is a bit more subtle. It might be a few months before we
> receive confirmation of who is on his slate, but the list is already
> known.
>
> So, the question becomes: Will one of the slates take power, and do
> the independent candidates have a chance?
>
> Sam Sloan

Where is mine??? Oh my! Sloanster.. what about you inside report?


 
Date: 13 Jan 2009 04:22:38
From: samsloan
Subject: Re: Unofficial Candidates List
Interesting that the candidate's list is almost entirely of unknown
persons. (Of course, I know all but one of them, but the USCF voters
know little or nothing about most of them.)

What we have here is a known Goichberg slate, a suspected Polgar
slate, and three independents.

I am of course one of the independents.

We will find out who is on the Polgar slate soon, when Polgar starts
writing on her blog and websites about how great and wonderful this or
that candidate is.

(She has already told us a little about whom she is backing by listing
eight of the candidates on her chess discussion group, thereby
omitting three of the candidates. The three omitted candidates are
included in the five that she is currently suing.)

Goichberg is a bit more subtle. It might be a few months before we
receive confirmation of who is on his slate, but the list is already
known.

So, the question becomes: Will one of the slates take power, and do
the independent candidates have a chance?

Sam Sloan


  
Date: 13 Jan 2009 12:53:41
From: Non-Person
Subject: Of Polgar Recruits for the Executive Board
samsloan wrote:
> Interesting that the candidate's list is almost entirely of unknown
> persons. (Of course, I know all but one of them, but the USCF voters
> know little or nothing about most of them.)
>
> What we have here is a known Goichberg slate, a suspected Polgar
> slate, and three independents.
>
> I am of course one of the independents.
>
> We will find out who is on the Polgar slate soon, when Polgar starts
> writing on her blog and websites about how great and wonderful this or
> that candidate is.
>
> (She has already told us a little about whom she is backing by listing
> eight of the candidates on her chess discussion group, thereby
> omitting three of the candidates. The three omitted candidates are
> included in the five that she is currently suing.)
>
> Goichberg is a bit more subtle. It might be a few months before we
> receive confirmation of who is on his slate, but the list is already
> known.
>
> So, the question becomes: Will one of the slates take power, and do
> the independent candidates have a chance?
>
> Sam Sloan

The three Polgar/Truong candidates apparently recruited by them are

Eric Hecht
Mikhail Korenman
Blas Lugo

Fitting that the the two who did not pay full prize money in their
tournament are running for the Board. They'll fit in well with their
two recruiters if elected.

Korenman was on her slate in 2007. That pretty much speaks for itself.

Atkins and Nietman----comment anyone?

I've heard only good things about Ruth Haring thus far.

Of course any thought that if her "slate" wins they will be able to get
her out of litigation with the USCF is false. They as well as Paul and
Susan have conflicts of interest that will make any action by them a
nullity. Given that an action has already be started in Illinois, it
will be easy enough to request that the court declare any such vote
void. The court could even, I suppose, appoint a special master to
oversee the litigation from the USCF side.

It's also very amusing to see Truong and Polgar's pettiness so out in
the open by not listing all the EB candidates on her blog or on
chessdiscussion. Thanks to Jack Lemoine for mentioning two of the
non-persons. How wonderfully Cold War Iron Curtain of her. :-)

B. Non-Person L.


 
Date: 13 Jan 2009 00:15:03
From: Offramp
Subject: Re: Unofficial Candidates List
On Jan 13, 3:09=A0am, samsloan <samhsl...@gmail.com > wrote:
> 11 sets of nominating petitions
> have been received for candidates in the 2009 EB election.

> Mike Atkins
> Jim Berry
> Bill Goichberg
> Ruth Haring
> Eric Hecht
> Mikhail Korenman
> Brian Lafferty
> Blas Lugo
> Brian Mottershead
> Mike Nietman
> Sam Sloan

It doesn't make sense. Why would these 11 bald people fight over a
comb?
I'd vote for Bela Lugosi - if I had a vote.
Second I'd vote for Jim Berry because I think he wrote "Louie Louie"
and I like that song.
Third would have to be Lemmy M=F6torhead. I met him in a bar once in
Piccadilly. he was playing the slot machines. Out of his skull on meth.


 
Date: 12 Jan 2009 19:57:14
From:
Subject: Re: Unofficial Candidates List


samsloan wrote:
>
> Bill Goichberg has been on the board in a control position for seven
> years and the USCF has lost money in every one of those seven years.
>
> Sam Sloan


As written, obviously false. (Goichberg was elected in 2005, and his
last term on the Board before that was in the late 90s.) If you change
"and" to "or," I suppose it's arguable, but that would mean assuming
that, e.g., the Marinello Board, against which Bill actively
campaigned in 2005, was "secretly" under his control. Well, maybe you
do believe that, Sam. Those of us with unimpaired reality tests do not.