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    Thread: The Current Theory of How Trump Tried to Overthrow the U.S. Government
Post: RE: The Current Theory of How Trump Tried to Overt...

What is sad is that this is just another step towards the coming civil war. I do t want it to happen, but I see it coming nonetheless. I pray every day that I’m misreading the signs, but I do t think ...
Bacchus Politics 7 266 January 28th, 2022, 03:39 AM
    Thread: The Current Theory of How Trump Tried to Overthrow the U.S. Government
Post: RE: The Current Theory of How Trump Tried to Overt...

Let’s openly debate a few things, MM. Your slur of the Koch’s is absolutely out of bounds, and I’d have sanctioned you as moderator of this board if you didn’t outrank me. Reducio ad Hitlerem is below...
Bacchus Politics 7 266 January 28th, 2022, 03:29 AM
    Thread: The Current Theory of How Trump Tried to Overthrow the U.S. Government
Post: RE: The Current Theory of How Trump Tried to Overt...

Yikes. Ok, MM, I’ve known you for a couple of decades, so this isn’t the first time we’ve clashed in opinion. Trump was a buffoon. I’ve voted for exactly one Democrat in my entire voting life (34 ye...
Bacchus Politics 7 266 January 28th, 2022, 03:10 AM
    Thread: Why did a lot of elves leave Middle Earth at the end ?
Post: RE: Why did a lot of elves leave Middle Earth at t...

(January 27th, 2022, 11:35 PM)badlands Wrote: Was there a real reason besides their time in Middle Earth had ended? That’s actually a very fascinating question once you think about it a bit. All of ...
Bacchus J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 3 196 January 28th, 2022, 02:44 AM
    Thread: Amazon Middle-earth TV Show News
Post: RE: Amazon Middle-earth TV Show News

(January 26th, 2022, 01:50 AM)Michael Wrote: For the 5 people on Earth who missed it. [Video: http://Amazon trailer and title reveal: ... of Power"] What’s really funny is that I was one of th...
Bacchus J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 29 5,558 January 28th, 2022, 02:28 AM
    Thread: The apocalypse is upon us
Post: The apocalypse is upon us

…with this pathetic attempt at Tolkien based crypto https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/n...tocurrency
Bacchus J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 2 335 November 29th, 2021, 03:13 PM
    Thread: Amazon Middle-earth TV Show News
Post: RE: Amazon Middle-earth TV Show News

Here’s another story that might raise some eyebrows. https://micky.com.au/lord-of-the-rings-f...ordinator/
Bacchus J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 29 5,558 May 15th, 2021, 08:25 AM
    Thread: Sauron on a fell beast
Post: RE: Sauron on a fell beast

My hypothesis is that Sauron could still “walk unclad” even after Akallabeth. Evidence: we know that he was rendered discarnate by the Akallabeth, and that it took him a very long time to be able to...
Bacchus J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 15 1,762 February 6th, 2021, 09:43 AM
    Thread: Sauron on a fell beast
Post: RE: Sauron on a fell beast

(February 4th, 2021, 12:01 AM)Alvin Eriol Wrote: Maybe 2 can carry him on a line between them....? Just what is the airspeed of an unladen fell beast, anyway? African or European?
Bacchus J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 15 1,762 February 4th, 2021, 12:13 AM
    Thread: Lugburz
Post: RE: Lugburz

(January 22nd, 2021, 12:14 AM)Michael Wrote: I don't believe Tolkien established anything as the official name for Sauron's seat of power. He didn't allow his servants to use his, name according to ...
Bacchus J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 8 1,050 February 2nd, 2021, 05:21 PM
    Thread: The mouth of Sauron's horse
Post: RE: The mouth of Sauron's horse

Theoretically possible, but I judge it unlikely. The earliest conception of dragons in BOLT was as mechanical creations used in the attack on Gondolin, so it is at least within the realm of possibil...
Bacchus J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 11 1,059 February 2nd, 2021, 11:15 AM
    Thread: The mouth of Sauron's horse
Post: RE: The mouth of Sauron's horse

Interesting. My first thought was that I didn’t recall anything to suggest that the Mouth’s mount was anything but a natural horse, but checking the text, I saw this. Quote: ...there rode a tall and...
Bacchus J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 11 1,059 February 2nd, 2021, 09:22 AM
    Thread: Why Did Not Elrond Do the Right Thing?
Post: RE: Why Did Not Elrond Do the Right Thing?

It is not at all obvious that Elrond would have been able to defeat Isildur in combat. Attempting to do so and failing would likely be a far worse option than allowing Isildur to keep the Ring for now...
Bacchus J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 9 1,085 January 3rd, 2021, 09:47 AM
    Thread: Did Sam consider suicide?
Post: RE: Did Sam consider suicide?

Well, there’s a difference between considering suicide and seriously considering suicide. Clearly, he considered it, but immediately dismissed the idea out of hand.
Bacchus J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 5 825 December 22nd, 2020, 12:08 PM
    Thread: Why did Boromir travel alone?
Post: RE: Why did Boromir travel alone?

(December 16th, 2020, 11:16 AM)Michael Wrote: Aragorn traveled alone. Gandalf traveled alone. I don't think solo travel is that exceptional in Tolkien's fiction. Neither of these comparisons strik...
Bacchus J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 19 1,767 December 17th, 2020, 11:14 AM
    Thread: Why did Boromir travel alone?
Post: RE: Why did Boromir travel alone?

Yes, I’m aware that there is presented an internal explanation for Boromir to undertake the envoy, but I find it to be weak for the reasons I posted above. Regarding a bodyguard, again there is litt...
Bacchus J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 19 1,767 December 15th, 2020, 11:02 AM
    Thread: Why did Boromir travel alone?
Post: RE: Why did Boromir travel alone?

(December 6th, 2020, 09:45 PM)Mordomin Wrote: It makes me wonder how many previous times Boromir had over-ridden the will of his father and the elders.  Perhaps the nature of the character of Boromi...
Bacchus J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 19 1,767 December 10th, 2020, 11:02 AM
    Thread: Being a Ringwraith
Post: RE: Being a Ringwraith

Heh. In over 20 years on these forums, that has to be the fastest you’ve ever conceded one of my contentions. :)
Bacchus J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 48 7,881 December 6th, 2020, 09:40 AM
    Thread: Why did Boromir travel alone?
Post: RE: Why did Boromir travel alone?

I’ll grant the dream argument up to a point. One of the two brothers should have gone. I maintain, however, that the decision to send Boromir over Faramir makes no sense to the internal context of the...
Bacchus J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 19 1,767 December 6th, 2020, 02:11 AM
    Thread: Being a Ringwraith
Post: RE: Being a Ringwraith

(November 22nd, 2020, 07:06 PM)Michael Wrote: Perhaps they rode the horses to death. Perhaps their power (or Sauron's power) helped to sustain the horses. Or maybe they just relied on forage. With o...
Bacchus J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 48 7,881 December 4th, 2020, 09:13 PM
    Thread: Why did Boromir travel alone?
Post: RE: Why did Boromir travel alone?

Well played, Alvin. You as well, Mordomin
Bacchus J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 19 1,767 December 4th, 2020, 08:45 PM
    Thread: 2020 American Politics
Post: RE: 2020 American Politics

So the only one of your cited articles to discuss Trump’s alleged control of state parties is almost four years stale. The more current articles more or less boil down to assumptions that Trump will n...
Bacchus Politics 31 2,792 November 25th, 2020, 01:20 AM
    Thread: 2020 American Politics
Post: RE: 2020 American Politics

I don’t think this theory stands up to scrutiny. The same President who has shown a wildly chaotic organization at the Cabinet and subCabinet level has built a pervasive organization at the state leve...
Bacchus Politics 31 2,792 November 23rd, 2020, 10:12 AM
    Thread: Why did Boromir travel alone?
Post: RE: Why did Boromir travel alone?

I’m in agreement with bot Michael and Alvin. This is a classic case of my pet internal/external model of explanation. Internal to the story, there is simply no way that Boromir should have travelled a...
Bacchus J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 19 1,767 November 23rd, 2020, 09:43 AM
    Thread: 2020 American Politics
Post: RE: 2020 American Politics

August, the bigger challenge for P-E Biden will be the near certainty of facing a divided government. Despite the loss for Trump, Republicans gained seats in the House and will almost certainly retain...
Bacchus Politics 31 2,792 November 12th, 2020, 12:21 PM
    Thread: 2020 American Politics
Post: RE: 2020 American Politics

To elaborate a bit on the signature question, I have never seen nor am I aware of any jurisdiction in the US that requires that the ballot itself be signed. For in-person voting (the only kind I have ...
Bacchus Politics 31 2,792 November 12th, 2020, 12:06 PM
    Thread: An Axe is no Weapon for a Rider
Post: RE: An Axe is no Weapon for a Rider

The only problem with that analysis, Michael, is that it isn’t very relevant to the question at hand. The observation/declaration that an axe is no weapon for a rider comes from Legolas. Rohirric cava...
Bacchus J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 14 1,488 August 11th, 2020, 10:56 PM
    Thread: An Axe is no Weapon for a Rider
Post: RE: An Axe is no Weapon for a Rider

Presumably Gimli’s axe was a two-handed weapon. Robert is using a one-handed axe, which probably isn’t much worse than a sword for a mounted warrior.
Bacchus J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 14 1,488 August 7th, 2020, 08:50 AM
    Thread: Nindalf
Post: RE: Nindalf

(July 21st, 2020, 02:36 AM)Coconut Ent Wrote: I wonder how many twelve year old boys looked at the map in Lord of the Rings, saw "Nindalf (Wetwang)" and started giggling? Yes, I know "wang" probabl...
Bacchus J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle-earth 3 549 July 24th, 2020, 07:08 PM
    Thread: Should the U.S. government pay state government expenses?
Post: RE: Should the U.S. government pay state governmen...

There is absolutely a need for federal aid to the states for coronavirus related economic dislocation. The problem is how to properly target such aid to coronavirus related matters, rather than as a b...
Bacchus Politics 7 1,188 June 11th, 2020, 12:57 PM