politics

Donald Trump Evaluated

Donald Trump may never have had much of a reputation but it has suffered major damage in his latest unseemly foray into politics. Here are some timely reminders and reactions.

Donald Trump

Donald Trump. I am not convinced that Trump exists. I have never seen him. I want him to show up in my apartment with ten witnesses and submit to my salient questions.
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Chris Matthews Some Questions for Donald Trump

Chris Matthews Some Questions for Donald Trump. I have decided to be nice to Chris. Here are some gifts. Questions he can lob at Donald Trump whether he is a guest or not.
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Salient Trump

Donald Trump: Some Salient Links to Accessible Online Information Actually there are few useful links to gratify real curiosity about Donald Trump. Few of the search results deal with who he is beyond a few stock facts.
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politics

Focus on Pakistan

A series of windows on the US and Pakistan.

Pakistan Taliban Support was No Secret

Double Tweet. The archives provide documentation, so it’s harder to deny.
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So: Rebuke Pakistan, Spare Civilians, Keep the Taliban from Power

Oh: This is the sanest statement of what we need to do in Afghanistan that I have yet read. Maybe the President will pay attention. If enough folk see and understand.
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Pakistan and Arizona Set Evil Examples

The blasphemy law in Pakistan and the immigration law and stance on medical care in Arizona are both evil because they are leading to the conscious inflicting of death for that matter the snow performance in NYC was evil also
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Evil Pakistan

Evil Permeates Pakistan A Harsh and Sad Judgment. Such a judgment can only be made if you embrace universal values which are four in number tolerance, helpfulness, democracy and non-idolatry.
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theology

Combating Idolatry

The root value of all values is to have no others that you serve than Abba – the universal name for the One who is in everyone. Here are some notes on idolatry and how to combat it.

Abba’s Way – Table Talk

Some notes on non-idolatry.
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Abba’s Way Four Steps – Four

Abba’s Way Four Steps – Four. The final step is embracing the four universal values of Abba’s way: non-idolatry, helpfulness, tolerance and democracy. These are dynamic values distinct from virtues and characteristics. They are essential to survival.
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Non-idolatry and the Unprecedented

Non-idolatry expresses as a value – ontological, core – the command that one have no other gods before the one Jesus called Abba. Practically this achieves the goal of pragmaticism which is to establish our universal fallibility.
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Perspectives on Tolerance

The following perspectives on tolerance are drawn from the thinking of Abba’s way which seeks to make the values of Jesus the basis for a revaluation of the world’s values.

Tolerance Does Not Mean Giving In

June 28, 2010
Tolerance Does Not Mean Giving In – 25 Words. “Tolerance” suggests a helpful way to deal with one’s anger when offended.
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Dynamic Value: Tolerance — a Pentessay

Dynamic Value: Tolerance — A Pentessay describes one of the three active values in the value system commended by The Way of Abba.
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Tolerance is Not Judging Slideshow

Considering Tolerance
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Defining Helpfulness

Abba’s way understand helpfulness to be enablement. That was Jesus’ understanding. He did not make people dependent.

Each of the posts below offers a brief window to helpfulness in the spirit of Abba’s way.

Helpfulness Not Charity — a Quadpome

Helpfulness Not Charity takes the position that charity engenders helplessness while helpfulness engenders self-respect.
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Helpfulness

Helpfulness – Verse by Stephen C. Rose
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Helpfulness – the Lost Value

Helpfulness seems to have been relegated to various disciplines and removed from the discussion of why we are here in the first place. Religion needs to change that or opt out entirely.
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politics, theology

Three Democracy Quatrains

Democracy in Abba’s Way means universal rights, the preciousness of each person, the value of each person to Abba.

Here are three quatrains that express this:

Jesus Democracy

Jesus Democracy – Quatrain by Stephen C. Rose. Democracy is among the basic values Jesus incarnated and espoused. He did not use the term, but he exemplfied respect for and support of the rights of every person on the planet.
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Democracy Unrealized

Democracy Unrealized – – Quatrain by Stephen C. Rose
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Dying for Democracy

Dying for Democracy – Quatrain by Stephen C. Rose
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Three Ways To Fight Terror

The following posts are all related to the thinking of George Kennan  during the Cold War era, substituting for the Soviet Union Al Qaeda.

Defeating the Terror Meme

Defeating The Terror Meme. A mini-meditation insplred by the thinking of George Kennan linked to the perception and articulation of Abba’s Way.
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When the Terror Meme Burns Out

When The Terror Meme Burns Out. Osama has no real vision of where things should go in the event he wins. That in itself more or less seals defeat. But that should not make us sanguine.
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President Obama Stop War and Start Winning the War on Terror

We should stop fighting wars that breed suicides because they are so immoral and start supporting governments like Mali’s that would otherwise be bigger breeding grounds for a conflict that can dog us for centuries
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