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    A List of Recommend Scriptural Readings

    If you read only one text from Hinduism, it should be the Bhagavad Gita.

    For Judaism, you might try something from each of the three. sections of the Tanakh. From the Torah, you might sample Genesis, which includes some of the most famous stories in the Hebrew Bible. From the Prophets, read 2 Isaiah (chapters 40–55), which most scholars date to the 6th century B.C.E., during the Babylonian Exile. From the Writings, try the brief book of Ruth, a simple yet
    moving tale of ordinary people and extraordinary kindness.

    If you spend four years worshiping and groveling at the feet of Donald Trumpf, consider reading Art of the Deal, or Commander in Cheat: How Golf Explains Trump.

    One of the most beloved texts from the Theravada tradition of Buddhism is the Dhammapada, which sets forth the basic principles of Buddhist doctrine and morality. The canon of Mahayana Buddhism is vast, but one book considered by many to be the fullest. expression of the Buddha’s teachings is the Lotus Sutra. Read the first four chapters, which include the parables of the burning house and the prodigal son.

    East Asian religions
    For East Asian religion and philosophy, read the Analects of Confucius and the Daodejing. The Analects are brief, fairly straightforward sayings of Confucius. The Daodejing was originally an anonymous collection of wisdom sayings that was later attributed to Laozi and eventually elevated to the status of a divine text.

    Recommended readings for Christianity include one of the gospels, perhaps Luke; the book of Acts, which offers a history of the early Christian movement; and something from Paul, either Romans or 1 Corinthians. I also recommend the Epistle of James, which is arguably the world's first communist manifesto.

    The Qur’an, with its 114 suras, is a bit long. Newcomers might want to start with some of the shorter, earlier, more lyrical revelations toward the end of the volume, then read a few of the longer suras that appear at the beginning
    (2, “The Cow”; 4, “Women”; and 5, “The Table”).

    The Adi Granth is the paramount scripture of Sikhism. Two recommended readings in this tradition are The Name of My Beloved: Verses of the Sikh Gurus, translated by Nikky-Guninder Kaur Singh, and Songs of the Saints from the Adi Granth, translated by Nirmal Dass.

    Source credit: Grant Hardy, Ph.D., Professor of History and Religious Studies, University of North Carolina

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    From the Daoist tradition, The Zhuangzi has my favorite parable of all time.

    One day Zhuangzi fell asleep and dreamed he was a butterfly. When he woke up he did not know if he was really a man who had dreamed of being a butterfly, or if he was a butterfly now dreaming he was a man.

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    My favorite from the famous trump book of tweets & quoted, yet unpublished

    The 75 most ridiculous Trump quotes
    There are so many to choose from

    The 75 most ridiculous Trump quotes
    11 September 2018
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    Along the way, and in his former business life, he’s managed to offend pretty much everyone and everything, as well as regularly showing off his enormous ego and opinion of himself.

    We present - and it’s by no means exhaustive - the most ridiculous Trumpisms so far. We’ll no doubt be updating this in the coming months…

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    On Domestic Policy
    "I think if this country gets any kinder or gentler, it's literally going to cease to exist."

    Playboy, March 1990

    On Immigration
    "We're rounding 'em up in a very humane way, in a very nice way. And they're going to be happy because they want to be legalized. And, by the way, I know it doesn't sound nice. But not everything is nice."

    60 Minutes, 27/0/15

    On Syrian Refugees
    "What I won't do is take in two hundred thousand Syrians who could be ISIS... I have been watching this migration. And I see the people. I mean, they're men. They're mostly men, and they're strong men. These are physically young, strong men. They look like prime-time soldiers. Now it's probably not true, but where are the women?... So, you ask two things. Number one, why aren't they fighting for their country? And number two, I don't want these people coming over here."

    Face the Nation, 11/10/15

    On Border Control
    "I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will have Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words."

    Campaign launch rally, 15/6/15

    On September 11th
    "I think I could have stopped it because I have very tough illegal immigration policies, and people aren't coming into this country unless they're vetted and vetted properly."

    Hannity, 20/10/15

    On Education
    "[Overseas] we build a school, we build a road, they blow up the school, we build another school, we build another road, they blow them up, we build again. In the meantime we can't get a fucking school in Brooklyn."

    Speech in Las Vegas, 28/4/11

    On Helping Women
    "I will be phenomenal to the women. I mean, I want to help women."

    Face the Nation, 9/8/15

    On Abortion
    “Do you believe in punishment for abortion – yes or no – as a principle?”

    “The answer is there has to be some form of punishment.”

    “For the woman?”

    “Yeah, there has to be some form.”

    MSNBC, 30/3/16

    On Gay Marriage
    "It's like in golf... A lot of people - I don't want this to sound trivial - but a lot of people are switching to these really long putters, very unattractive... it's weird. You see these great players with these really long putters, because they can't sink three-footers anymore. And, I hate it. I am a traditionalist. I have so many fabulous friends who happen to be gay, but I am a traditionalist."

    New York Times, 1/5/11

    On Race
    "I have a great relationship with African Americans, as you possibly have heard. I just have great respect for them. And they like me. I like them."

    Anderson Cooper 360, 23/7/15

    On Health Care
    "The U.S. cannot allow EBOLA-infected people back. People that go to far away places to help out are great - but must suffer the consequences!"

    Twitter, 2/9/14

    On Global Warming
    "It's really cold outside, they are calling it a major freeze, weeks ahead of normal. Man, we could use a big fat dose of global warming!"

    Twitter, 19/10/15

    On Gun Control
    "No matter what you do - guns, no guns - it doesn't matter. You have people that are mentally ill. And they're gonna come through the cracks. And they're going to do things that people will not even believe are possible."

    Meet the Press, 4/10/15

    On The Greatness Of America
    "Our country is in serious trouble. We don't have victories any more. We used to have victories but [now] we don't have them. When was the last time anybody saw us beating, let's say, China, in a trade deal? They kill us. I beat China all the time. All the time."

    Campaign launch rally, 15/6/15

    On Mexico
    "They're sending people that have lots of problems, and they're bringing those problems with us. They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people."

    Campaign launch rally, 15/6/15

    On Fighting Terrorism
    "When you see the other side chopping off heads, waterboarding doesn't sound very severe."

    This Week with George Stephanopoulos, 2/8/16

    On Global Warming
    "The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive."

    Twitter, 6/10/12

    On Running For President
    "Well, if I ever ran for office, I'd do better as a Democrat than as a Republican - and that's not because I'd be more liberal, because I'm conservative. But the working guy would elect me. He likes me. When I walk down the street, those cabbies start yelling out their windows."

    Playboy, March 1990

    On Political Correctness
    "I think the big problem this country has is being politically correct. I've been challenged by so many people and I don't, frankly, have time for total political correctness."

    Fox News Republican debate, 6/8/15

    On Why People Would Vote For Him
    "To be blunt, people would vote for me. They just would. Why? Maybe because I'm so good looking."

    New York Times, 19/9/99

    On Making America Great Again
    "The line of 'Make America great again,' the phrase, that was mine, I came up with it about a year ago, and I kept using it, and everybody's using it, they are all loving it. I don't know, I guess I should copyright it, maybe I have copyrighted it."

    MyFox New York, March 2015

    ("Let's Make America Great Again" was one of Ronald Reagan's most well-known campaign slogans)

    On Hillary Clinton
    "If Hillary Clinton can't satisfy her husband what makes her think she can satisfy America?"

    Twitter, 16/4/15

    On Fighting Terrorism
    "If you look at Saddam Hussein, he killed terrorists. I'm not saying he was an angel, but this guy killed terrorists."

    The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch, 2006

    On Jeb Bush
    "Jeb said, 'we were safe with my brother. We were safe.' Well, the World Trade Center just fell down! Now, am I trying to blame him? I'm not blaming anybody. But the World Trade Center came down. So when he said, we were safe, that's not safe."

    Fox News Sunday, 18/10/15

    On Rand Paul
    "I never attacked him on his looks, and believe me, there's plenty of subject matter right there."

    CNN Republican debate, 16/9/15

    On Why He's The Right Candidate
    "I'm the most successful person ever to run for the presidency, by far. Nobody's ever been more successful than me. I'm the most successful person ever to run. Ross Perot isn't successful like me. Romney - I have a Gucci store that's worth more than Romney."

    Des Moines Register, 2/6/15

    On John McCain
    "[John McCain is]... not a war hero. He's a war hero - he's a war hero 'cause he was captured. I Like people that weren't captured, OK, I hate to tell you."

    Iowa Family Leadership Summit, 18/7/15

    On Arianna Huffington
    ".@arianahuff is unattractive both inside and out. I fully understand why her former husband left her for a man - he made a good decision."

    Twitter, 28/8/12

    On Pop Culture
    "My favourite part [of Pulp Fiction] is when Sam has his gun out in the diner and he tells the guy to tell his girlfriend to shut up. 'Tell that bitch to be cool. Say: Bitch be cool.' I love those lines."

    As quoted in TrumpNation: The Art of Being the Donald, 2005.

    On Women In Hollywood
    "While @BetteMidler is an extremely unattractive woman, I refuse to say that because I always insist on being politically correct."

    Twitter, 28/10/12

    On Muslims
    "Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what the hell is going on."


    On Television Shows
    "Just tried watching Modern Family - written by a moron, really boring. Writer has the mind of a very dumb and backward child. Sorry Danny!"

    Twitter, 13/6/13

    On Sharing His Financial Success
    "I look very much forward to showing my financials, because they are huge."

    TIME, 14/4/11

    On Shaking Hands
    "The concept of shaking hands is absolutely terrible, and statistically I've been proven right."

    Playboy, October 2004

    On His Intelligence
    "Sorry losers and haters, but my IQ is one of the highest - and you all know it! Please don't feel so stupid or insecure, it's not your fault."

    Twitter, 9/5/13

    On Self-Maintenance
    "I think Viagra is wonderful if you need it, if you have medical issues, if you've had surgery. I've just never needed it. Frankly, I wouldn't mind if there were an anti-Viagra, something with the opposite effect. I'm not bragging. I'm just lucky. I don't need it."

    Playboy, October 2004

    On Romance
    "All of the women on The Apprentice flirted with me - consciously or unconsciously. That's to be expected."

    Trump: How To Get Rich, 2004

    On Romance
    "Certain guys tell me they want women of substance, not beautiful models. It just means they can't get beautiful models."

    New York Times, 19/9/99

    On Family
    "She does have a very nice figure... If [Ivanka] weren't my daughter, perhaps I'd be dating her."

    The View, 2006

    On Marriage
    "I would never buy Ivana any decent jewels or pictures. Why give her negotiable assets?"

    Vanity Fair, September 1990

    On Beverages
    "I have never seen a thin person drinking Diet Coke."

    Twitter, 14/10/12

    On Egos
    "Show me someone with no ego and I'll show you a big loser."

    Trump: How To Get Rich, 2004

    On Borrowing
    "As a kid, I was making a building with blocks in our playroom. I didn't have enough. So I asked my younger brother Robert if I could borrow some of his. He said, 'Okay, but you have to give them back when you're done.' I used all of my blocks, then all of his blocks, and when I was done I had a great building, which I then glued together. Robert never did get those blocks back."

    Esquire, January 2004

    On His Intelligence
    "I'm intelligent. Some people would say I'm very, very, very intelligent."

    Fortune, 3/4/00

    On Making Money
    "I say, not in a braggadocios way, I've made billions and billions of dollars dealing with people all around the world."

    CNN Republican debate, 16/9/15

    On His Body
    “My fingers are long and beautiful, as, it has been well documented, are various other parts of my body.”

    New York Post, 2011

    On Historical Events
    “I was down there, and I watched our police and our firemen, down on 7-Eleven, down at the World Trade Center, right after it came down”

    Event in Buffalo, 19/4/16

    On Hillary Clinton

    "The only card she has is the woman's card. She's got nothing else to offer and frankly, if Hillary Clinton were a man, I don't think she'd get 5 percent of the vote. The only thing she's got going is the woman's card, and the beautiful thing is, women don't like her."

    Vox, 26/4/16

    On His Fans
    "I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn't lose voters."


    On Megyn Kelly
    "You could see there was bloody coming out of her eyes. Blood coming out of her wherever."

    CNN, 8/8/15

    On Immigration
    “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries coming here?”

    White House meeting, 11/1/18

    On The Presidency
    “I loved my previous life. I had so many things going. This is more work than in my previous life. I thought it would be easier.”

    Reuters, 28/8/17

    On Appropriate Things To Say To Hurricane Survivors
    “What a crowd, what a turnout.”

    Texas, 29/8/17

    On Diversity Within His Fanbase
    “Look at my African-American!”

    Redding, California, 3/6/16

    On Marriage And Parenthood
    “I won’t do anything to take care of them. I’ll supply funds and she’ll take care of the kids. It’s not like I’m gonna be walking the kids down Central Park.”

    Howard Stern interview, 2005

    On Judaism
    “I’m a negotiator, like you folks.”

    Speech to the Republican Jewish Coalition, 3/12/15

    On Breastfeeding Mothers
    “You’re disgusting.”

    New York Times, 28/7/15

    On History
    “In life you have to rely on the past, and that’s called history.”

    Celebrity Apprentice

    On Kim Jong-Un
    “Why would Kim Jong-un insult me by calling me ‘old,’ when I would NEVER call him ‘short and fat?’ Oh well, I try so hard to be his friend - and maybe someday that will happen!”

    Twitter, 11/11/17

    On Winning Graciously
    “Crooked Hillary Clinton is the worst (and biggest) loser of all time. She just can’t stop, which is so good for the Republican Party. Hillary, get on with your life and give it another try in three years!”

    Twitter, 18/11/17

    On Russia
    “Russia will have much greater respect for our country when I am leading it than when other people have led it…If Putin likes Donald Trump, I consider that an asset, not a liability, because we have a horrible relationship with Russia.”

    Trump Tower Press Conference, 11/1/17

    On Popularity Within The FBI
    “I would bet if you took a poll in the FBI I would win that poll by more than anybody’s won a poll.”

    Fox & Friends, 15/6/18

    On Taking Inspiration From Other Leaders
    “[Kim Jong-Un] speaks and his people sit up at attention. I want my people to do the same.”

    Fox & Friends, 15/6/18

    On Intelligence
    “Nobody has better respect for intelligence than Donald Trump.”

    CNN, 11/8/17

    On "The Anti-Missile"
    “We’re … increasing our budget by many billions of dollars, because of North Korea and other reasons, having to do with the anti-missile.”

    CNN, 11/8/17

    On Health Care
    “Nobody knew health care could be so complicated.”

    Washington Post, 27/2/17

    On The Absolutely One-Sided Violence In Charlottesville
    “We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides. On many sides.”

    Washington Post, 12/8/17

    On The Swamp
    “You know, I go to Washington and I see all these politicians, and I see the swamp. And it’s not a good place. In fact today I said we ought to change it from the word swamp to the word cesspool or, perhaps, to the word sewer.”
    National Scout Jamboree, 24/7/17

    On The Telephone
    “If you look at President Obama and other presidents, most of them didn’t make calls. A lot of them didn’t make calls. I like to call when it’s appropriate.”


    On Diplomacy
    “North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the “Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.” Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!”
    Twitter, 2/1/18

    On Racism
    “I’m the least racist person you have ever interviewed.”

    On American Football Players Kneeling During The National Anthem
    “At least 24 players kneeling this weekend at NFL stadiums that are now having a very hard time filling up. The American public is fed up with the disrespect the NFL is paying to our Country, our Flag and our National Anthem. Weak and out of control!” Twitter, 28/11/17

    On The Mueller Investigation
    “So they’re investigating something that never happened.”

    Press conference, 10/8/17

    On Covfefe
    “Despite the constant negative press covfefe”

    Twitter, 31/5/17

    On Reality
    “What you’re seeing and what you’re reading is not what’s happening,”

    You can find a full selection of quotes in The Little Book of Trumpisms, compiled by Seth Millstein, out now
    "There is no question former President Trump bears moral responsibility. His supporters stormed the Capitol because of the unhinged falsehoods he shouted into the world’s largest megaphone," McConnell wrote. "His behavior during and after the chaos was also unconscionable, from attacking Vice President Mike Pence during the riot to praising the criminals after it ended."

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    ^^ Righty-O.

    Trumpism has all the characteristics of a religious cult.

    That is the only way to describe a movement whose members have publicly pledged to crawl over broken glass or die for their Dear Leader. One forum member here actually has a quasi-shrine to Trump in their home.

    As far as I can tell, these are the moral tenets of Trumpism:


    To be a Trumpist, basically take the ethical maxims of the gospel of Luke, and do the exact opposite.

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    I have heard many say that it isn't about the orange beast, it is about the judges & the like.......

    I guess I should remind them of that as they wander out into the wilderness w/ the failed beast that is now unable to appoint judges etc.....
    "There is no question former President Trump bears moral responsibility. His supporters stormed the Capitol because of the unhinged falsehoods he shouted into the world’s largest megaphone," McConnell wrote. "His behavior during and after the chaos was also unconscionable, from attacking Vice President Mike Pence during the riot to praising the criminals after it ended."

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    Default What I got out of the Baghavad Gita

    Self discipline is the key to freedom.
    It is the key to attaining the freedom from being driven by transitory impulses coming from the outside.

    The central teaching of the gita is that liberation, genuine human freedom comes first through discipline, not from release from discipline and constraint. A meaningful life acquires self discipline in these three ways: Right Action, Knowlege, Devotion. Devotion is not necessarily manifested as religious ritual, it is the subordination of your own goals and interests to the goals and welfare of those around you.

    The wise men say: a man is learned
    When his plans lack constructs of desire
    When his actions are burned
    By the fire of knowledge

    - Baghavad Gita

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