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by N.E. Brigand
Thu Aug 05, 2021 9:29 pm
Forum: The Shibboleth of Fëanor
Topic: News from Bree and other random discussions
Replies: 103
Views: 39472

Re: News from Bree and other random discussions

Just for kicks. J. R. R. Tolkien Encyclopedia: A Reader's Diary I could never bring myself to purchase a copy, given the price. Not that it wasn't worth it. There's lots of valuable material in that encyclopedia, but I don't believe it was worth the price. Scull & Hammond's double-decker came o...
by N.E. Brigand
Thu Aug 05, 2021 6:06 pm
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: 2020 Election: Predictions, Results and Reactions
Replies: 2308
Views: 151105

Re: 2020 Election: Predictions, Results and Reactions

Arguably this news actually belongs in a thread about the 2016 U.S. presidential election, but rather than resurrect something so old, I'll note it here. The Inspector General for the Department of Justice has *finally* released a report into the investigation of the FBI leaks in October 2016 that l...
by N.E. Brigand
Thu Aug 05, 2021 5:31 pm
Forum: The Shibboleth of Fëanor
Topic: News from Bree and other random discussions
Replies: 103
Views: 39472

Re: News from Bree and other random discussions

Not sure about the slipcase, but in the J.R.R. Tolkien Encyclopedia (2006) entry on The Treason of Isengard , John F.G. Magoun writes: "At least one edition of The Lord of the Rings has since been published as six individual books, with book 3 bearing the original title" (675). For a numb...
by N.E. Brigand
Thu Aug 05, 2021 6:02 am
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: 2022 U.S. Congressional Elections
Replies: 94
Views: 10181

Re: 2022 U.S. Congressional Elections

J.D. Vance, the author of Hillbilly Elegy who is running for the U.S. Senate from Ohio in 2022 as a well-funded Republican, has been pandering extensively to the Trumpist base. He's a graduate of Yale Law School and venture capitalist with substantial experience mingling with the rich and powerful, ...
by N.E. Brigand
Thu Aug 05, 2021 5:11 am
Forum: The Shibboleth of Fëanor
Topic: News from Bree and other random discussions
Replies: 103
Views: 39472

Re: News from Bree and other random discussions

You know what I would really like? An edition of LOTR but published under the title "The Downfall of the Lord of the Rings and the Return of the King". Bonus points if it's issued in a beautiful red hardbook cover. I just read a Wikipedia article that lists the original titles that Tolkie...
by N.E. Brigand
Thu Aug 05, 2021 5:03 am
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: 2020 Election: Predictions, Results and Reactions
Replies: 2308
Views: 151105

Re: 2020 Election: Predictions, Results and Reactions

While we're deliberating that subject, I'll note something about the election and not the insurrection: tonight's reporting from the New York Times that President Trump in late December and early January contemplated firing Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen and replacing him with a conspiracy-a...
by N.E. Brigand
Tue Aug 03, 2021 11:36 pm
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: 2020 Election: Predictions, Results and Reactions
Replies: 2308
Views: 151105

Re: 2020 Election: Predictions, Results and Reactions

While we're deliberating that subject, I'll note something about the election and not the insurrection: tonight's reporting from the New York Times that President Trump in late December and early January contemplated firing Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen and replacing him with a conspiracy-a...
by N.E. Brigand
Tue Aug 03, 2021 10:24 pm
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: The challenges ahead (Biden's America)
Replies: 700
Views: 63486

Re: The challenges ahead (Biden's America)

A few months ago, New York's two senators, Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, both called for Cuomo to resign. They repeated that in a joint statement today. Also in the spring, President Biden has said that if the investigation found the claims of sexual harrssment to be credible, then Cuomo sh...
by N.E. Brigand
Tue Aug 03, 2021 8:37 pm
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: The challenges ahead (Biden's America)
Replies: 700
Views: 63486

Re: The challenges ahead (Biden's America)

The Albany County District Attorney's office issued a statement which says they are requesting that the New York Attorney General's office provide them with the investigative materials underlying today's report about Governor Cuomo. The Albany Co. D.A. also referred to an "ongoing criminal inve...
by N.E. Brigand
Sat Jul 31, 2021 7:05 pm
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: The Russia Investigations and other Trump-related cases
Replies: 1204
Views: 330154

Re: The Russia Investigations and other Trump-related cases

This may or may not be about Trump's scandals. Per this article from the Associated Press, the U.S. Department of Justice says that the Russia's "SolarWinds" hacking campaign in 2020 successfully broke into the email accounts in mutliple U.S. Attorney's offices, including 80% of the emails...
by N.E. Brigand
Fri Jul 30, 2021 8:03 pm
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: The Russia Investigations and other Trump-related cases
Replies: 1204
Views: 330154

Re: The Russia Investigations and other Trump-related cases

As for the question of whether the Biden administration will just turn over the tax returns without a court order and without agreement from Trump's team (which of course will never happen), that is another question that will need to be addressed by He-Who-Is-Finally-Getting-A-Senate-Justice-Commit...
by N.E. Brigand
Fri Jul 30, 2021 6:06 pm
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: 2020 Election: Predictions, Results and Reactions
Replies: 2308
Views: 151105

Re: 2020 Election: Predictions, Results and Reactions

Democrats on the House Oversight Committee have obtained and released notes taken by the Acting Deputy Attorney General, Richard Donoghue, on a Dec. 27 call between President Donald Trump and Acting Attorney General Jeff Rosen. During that call, Rosen explains to Trump that the Dept. of Justice can'...
by N.E. Brigand
Thu Jul 29, 2021 10:50 pm
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: The Russia Investigations and other Trump-related cases
Replies: 1204
Views: 330154

Re: The Russia Investigations and other Trump-related cases

I don't think that there will be ANY prosecutions of ANY Trump administration officials by the Biden/Garland Justice Department. This may prove to be correct. But the manager of Trump's inaugural committee, Tom Barrack, today was indicted for being an unregistered foreign agent. Edited to add: Barr...
by N.E. Brigand
Wed Jul 28, 2021 6:22 am
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: 2020 Election: Predictions, Results and Reactions
Replies: 2308
Views: 151105

Re: 2020 Election: Predictions, Results and Reactions

Also, my O.J. Simpson analogy earlier was not idle. I think there's a reasonable chance that Jim Jordan has personal knowledge (or worse) of the most serious crimes committed in connection to the events of January 6th. Broadly, I harbor suspicions that Donald Trump told Jordan and some other member...
by N.E. Brigand
Sun Jul 25, 2021 6:35 am
Forum: The Cottage of Lost Play
Topic: Dune
Replies: 11
Views: 306

Re: Dune

I thought Arrival was the best film of its year, but I never read the book it was based on, so I can't comment on its success or failure as an adaptation. I was not as impressed by Sicario as many others were, but it did introduce me to a word I hadn't known before, and it was amusing years later to...
by N.E. Brigand
Sun Jul 25, 2021 5:57 am
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: 2020 Election: Predictions, Results and Reactions
Replies: 2308
Views: 151105

Re: 2020 Election: Predictions, Results and Reactions

Comparing present figures to historical Nazis is generally frowned upon as unnecessary hyperbole that undermines discussion. So let me emphasize that I'm not comparing Donald Trump to Adolph Hitler. No it was General Mark Milley, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who did that. Milley was a...
by N.E. Brigand
Fri Jul 23, 2021 6:22 am
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: The challenges ahead (Biden's America)
Replies: 700
Views: 63486

Re: The challenges ahead (Biden's America)

President Biden flips the script. I appreciated that. (Warning: language.)
by N.E. Brigand
Thu Jul 22, 2021 9:49 pm
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: The Kavanaugh controversy
Replies: 394
Views: 103917

Re: The Kavanaugh controversy

After Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh testified to the Senate concerning Ford's allegations that Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted her when they were both teenagers, the FBI conducted some sort of supplemental background check on Kavanaugh. About a week later it was reported that the invest...
by N.E. Brigand
Thu Jul 22, 2021 6:04 am
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: 2020 Election: Predictions, Results and Reactions
Replies: 2308
Views: 151105

Re: 2020 Election: Predictions, Results and Reactions

In that March 31 interview with the Washington Post reporters whose book just came out, Donald Trump said that "Indians were paid to vote" againt him in the 2020 election. This is a brand new insane rumor that I've never heard of before. Does anyone have a clue as to what he might be talki...
by N.E. Brigand
Thu Jul 22, 2021 5:50 am
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: 2020 Election: Predictions, Results and Reactions
Replies: 2308
Views: 151105

Re: 2020 Election: Predictions, Results and Reactions

Also, my O.J. Simpson analogy earlier was not idle. I think there's a reasonable chance that Jim Jordan has personal knowledge (or worse) of the most serious crimes committed in connection to the events of January 6th. Broadly, I harbor suspicions that Donald Trump told Jordan and some other members...