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    Thread: Attack on Obama riles Beck's advertisers
Post: Attack on Obama riles Beck's advertisers

Alvin Eriol Wrote:Does anyone remember the Dixie Chicks? Well, for starters, the over two million people who bought the 2006 album, and the 2007 grammy award committee. I find it amusing that they we...
Mike of Quantum Muse General Discussions 14 1,254 September 1st, 2009, 09:36 PM
    Thread: Fantasy vs science
Post: Fantasy vs science

I never accused anyone here of Nazi sympathies. I just take issue with the hairsplitting of when killing the innocent is "murder" and when it's "making some elbow room." If we go by the definition t...
Mike of Quantum Muse J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 30 2,547 August 24th, 2009, 12:12 PM
    Thread: Fantasy vs science
Post: Fantasy vs science

Attalus Wrote:The servants of the Nazi German state did kill the victims of the Final Solution, and they committed "Crimes Against Humanity," as it was termed at Nuremburg, but they were not accused o...
Mike of Quantum Muse J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 30 2,547 August 15th, 2009, 07:20 PM
    Thread: Fantasy vs science
Post: Fantasy vs science

Attalus Wrote:Killing is not murder if it is done in accordance with the law. I disagree. The law is mutable, and often bad. Most genocide has taken place under the aegis of some kind of official, ...
Mike of Quantum Muse J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 30 2,547 August 15th, 2009, 02:13 PM
    Thread: Cultural versus religious influence
Post: Cultural versus religious influence

badlands Wrote::so: It could have been trying to christianize or catholize old pagan myths. LEwis was trying to spread the gospel with Narnia and to discuss God's nature. I don't think it was anything...
Mike of Quantum Muse J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 20 1,896 August 15th, 2009, 02:00 PM
    Thread: Cultural versus religious influence
Post: Cultural versus religious influence

shadowfax Wrote:I understood that Heathen, in contrast to Pagan, is a derogatory term. So I suppose you can be Pagan without being Heathen? A good Pagan king would not have set fire to himself, but wo...
Mike of Quantum Muse J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 20 1,896 August 3rd, 2009, 10:58 AM
    Thread: Cultural versus religious influence
Post: Cultural versus religious influence

Michael Wrote:Some of the Christian elements that can be found in The Lord of the Rings are Tolkien's use of angelic beings, Hardly unique to Christianity. Appearance of "heavenly" beings or divine ...
Mike of Quantum Muse J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 20 1,896 July 31st, 2009, 10:07 PM
    Thread: Cultural versus religious influence
Post: Cultural versus religious influence

Michael Wrote:Perhaps some of the distrust that various Hobbit groups express toward each other is a nod to the conflict between Roman Catholics and Anglicans. Well, if the Stoors were legally prohibi...
Mike of Quantum Muse J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 20 1,896 July 30th, 2009, 12:34 AM
    Thread: Cultural versus religious influence
Post: Cultural versus religious influence

It's just that the Shire is so English. And really, conservative, upstanding, middle class English in tone and temperment. Conservative England has long been suspicious of Catholicism, ever since en...
Mike of Quantum Muse J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 20 1,896 July 29th, 2009, 01:03 PM
    Thread: Tolkien and conservative Catholicism
Post: Tolkien and conservative Catholicism

Attalus Wrote:*shrug* Not all of us do those things, Absolutely true. There is, however, a huge chunk of the conservative christian movement that does like to quote Old Testament sources, like Levit...
Mike of Quantum Muse J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 42 3,144 July 23rd, 2009, 07:00 PM
    Thread: Cultural versus religious influence
Post: Cultural versus religious influence

Inspired by the many threads on JRRT's Catholicism, I wanted to explore the influence of Culture. Was life as an English academic more influential on his stories than issues of Faith. I, for one, pic...
Mike of Quantum Muse J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 20 1,896 July 23rd, 2009, 05:11 PM
    Thread: Tolkien and conservative Catholicism
Post: Tolkien and conservative Catholicism

RELIGION FIGHT!!!! Seriously, though. Christianity, in theory, preaches tolerance, but it's easy to cherry pick intolerant passages from the Bible. That makes it exactly no different than Islam, Ju...
Mike of Quantum Muse J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 42 3,144 July 23rd, 2009, 03:11 PM
    Thread: Tolkien and conservative Catholicism
Post: Tolkien and conservative Catholicism

Attalus Wrote:I'm not all that clear on that aspect of Roman Catholicism, but it is myunderstanding that Vatican II did away with that. Yes, the Vatican II that is now fashionable to bemoan in conserv...
Mike of Quantum Muse J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 42 3,144 July 4th, 2009, 11:24 AM
    Thread: tolkien books that should be movies
Post: tolkien books that should be movies

Jaak Wrote:Who should be cast as Eru? Sean Connery, obviously.
Mike of Quantum Muse J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 17 1,669 July 1st, 2009, 08:16 PM
    Thread: Tolkien and conservative Catholicism
Post: Tolkien and conservative Catholicism

People certainly do grow apart, and that is natural, if sometimes unfortunate. I was just reacting to how terrible it would be for one of the main factors to be whether one's brand of the same basic...
Mike of Quantum Muse J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 42 3,144 June 27th, 2009, 03:55 PM
    Thread: Tolkien and conservative Catholicism
Post: Tolkien and conservative Catholicism

Attalus Wrote:Yes, and this was a primary reason of the rift between CSL and JRRT. Because loyalty to a specific franchise of Christianity is worth so much more than friendship. I'm sure the J man w...
Mike of Quantum Muse J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 42 3,144 June 22nd, 2009, 06:46 PM
    Thread: Tolkien's religious influence and his love of lanuages
Post: Tolkien's religious influence and his love of lanu...

The love of languages is obvious. The stories sometimes seem a background environment for Tolkien's invented languages to play in. He borrows heavily from mythology, particularly Northern European my...
Mike of Quantum Muse J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 7 1,383 June 1st, 2009, 10:00 PM
    Thread: Elrohir Brings the News to Laia
Post: Elrohir Brings the News to Laia

Not a very Elven expression though. Hobbits are folksy enough to use such a phrase, IMO, but it takes me right out of the epic, Silmarillion-esque mood.
Mike of Quantum Muse Fan Fiction and Poems 11 2,153 May 2nd, 2009, 11:26 AM
    Thread: General Motors does away with Pontiac, Saab, Hummer
Post: General Motors does away with Pontiac, Saab, Humme...

Alvin Eriol Wrote:I've owned only a few Fords w/ autos, but had little trouble w/ them. Most ambulances are Ford models, and every company I've worked for, when the new trucks come in, they all need t...
Mike of Quantum Muse General Discussions 13 1,324 April 30th, 2009, 06:36 PM
    Thread: Tolkien in the Classroom
Post: Tolkien in the Classroom

Alvin Eriol Wrote:I could understand a bit of anxiety over using Lewis in coursework, but just a bit. LotR incorporates values that really are not only Christian but indeed ought to be nearly universa...
Mike of Quantum Muse J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 44 3,007 April 29th, 2009, 07:46 PM
    Thread: General Motors does away with Pontiac, Saab, Hummer
Post: General Motors does away with Pontiac, Saab, Humme...

I'm bummed. I like GM cars in general, and have owned a Saturn for 10 years (and it was 4 years old when I bought it) and found it very reliable. Cheap to own, cheap to fix when you do have to, and go...
Mike of Quantum Muse General Discussions 13 1,324 April 29th, 2009, 07:35 PM
    Thread: Swine Flu: Are You Frightened?
Post: Swine Flu: Are You Frightened?

Nope. Not even a little. Remember the SARS panic a few years back? The plain old flu kills a few thousand Americans per year. This is a new strain, but it's not all that big a deal, looking at the...
Mike of Quantum Muse General Discussions 11 824 April 29th, 2009, 07:29 PM
    Thread: Tolkien in the Classroom
Post: Tolkien in the Classroom

Eldanuumea Wrote:It's a shame that so many people learned to hate literature because of dogmatic, narrow-minded, "icky-picky" teaching. [Brilliant stuff]...[/Brilliant stuff] Sorry.....I got carried...
Mike of Quantum Muse J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 44 3,007 April 28th, 2009, 11:29 PM
    Thread: Tolkien in the Classroom
Post: Tolkien in the Classroom

Doncoriel Wrote:Tolkien and Lewis both enjoy the dubious honor of being banned from some classrooms-either by school decision or by individual teacher's themselves-because of what is deemed "religious...
Mike of Quantum Muse J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 44 3,007 April 25th, 2009, 07:15 PM
    Thread: Robert Jordan's "A Memory of Light" Releasing in Three Volumes
Post: Robert Jordan's "A Memory of Light" Releasing in T...

Man, do I have to show up to his mausoleum with a stake, some garlic and holy water to stop this series?
Mike of Quantum Muse Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors 3 1,583 April 18th, 2009, 11:19 AM
    Thread: Financial Crisis
Post: Financial Crisis

RobRoy Wrote:I figured this is a good place to pose this question: At what point can we legitimately claim that someone's economic policies have failed? I keep hearing a lot of rhetoric about how Oba...
Mike of Quantum Muse General Discussions 66 3,063 April 18th, 2009, 11:15 AM
    Thread: Science Fiction writers want out of Wikipedia
Post: Science Fiction writers want out of Wikipedia

RobRoy Wrote:Is there a reason for your umbrage, or just your general animosity against organizations? My personal experience with them has been that they are very snobby, arrogant and elitist for a b...
Mike of Quantum Muse Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors 14 1,398 April 13th, 2009, 01:06 PM
    Thread: Science Fiction writers want out of Wikipedia
Post: Science Fiction writers want out of Wikipedia

I join RR and August in voicing my cofusion. How would one gte "out" of Wikipedia, and whywould one wnat to. Especially since the article complains about certain authors not being in wikipedia. Oh,...
Mike of Quantum Muse Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors 14 1,398 April 11th, 2009, 07:27 PM
    Thread: Entish Democracy
Post: Entish Democracy

Attalus Wrote:If they didn't have courts, why did they require seven signatures in red ink to a will, "according to legal customs of Hobbits?" Ha, ha, I now have a set of books at the office.:alien: ...
Mike of Quantum Muse J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 27 2,331 April 8th, 2009, 11:13 AM
    Thread: Entish Democracy
Post: Entish Democracy

The Shire is pretty much an idealized rural England with the serial numbers hastily filed off.
Mike of Quantum Muse J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 27 2,331 April 7th, 2009, 06:41 PM