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  •  Finding 5 would be a miracle! n/t (1+ / 0-)
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    American Television is a vast sea of stupid. -xxdr zombiexx

    by glitterscale on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 06:30:45 AM PST

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    •  Reminds me of an old testament story about how (2+ / 0-)
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      God said he would not destroy Soddam and Gomorroh if Lot could find some righteous people.
      God even said he would spare the city if he could find just One. He could not do it so thus it was destroyed.

      I think this story could be applied to the Republicans, if only they could find one sane republican....but alas, there are none.

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      by wishingwell on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 07:00:06 AM PST

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      •  Problem is to find one who is sane & not venal. nt (2+ / 0-)
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        Fiscal conservative: a Republican ready to spend $5 to save a dime--especially if that dime is helping a non-donor.

        by Mayfly on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 07:20:27 AM PST

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      •  Ten, not one (6+ / 0-)

        The bargaining between G-d and Abraham started at 50 righteous men, and negotiation broke down at 10, not one.  There WAS one there, Lot.  Interesting comparison, though.  

        Okey dokey, back to my corner now ...

        •  = a minyan (1+ / 0-)
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          I believe that this story is why Jews are supposed to have ten people (circumcised men) together in order to have valid prayers. If there are ten righteous men, then the world will not be destroyed.

          It's worked so far, so who am I to scoff?

          •  It's more convoluted than that, (0+ / 0-)

            but your reasoning is good.  The Talmudic reasoning behind the minyan or congregation of 10 has to do with the 12 spies sent into the land of Israel, 10 of whom turned to evil, which on the surface would lead one to think that two (i.e. the two good spies) should be representative of a congregation.  I think that surface reasoning was probably the basis of Christianity's "whenever two or three are gathered ..."  

            But no, it can't be that simple or obvious.  The 10 evil spies were referred to by the word "'b'toch," the root meaning "among," and because the same word was used in several other passages, but in those other instances referring to  a congregation, the conclusion was drawn that a minimum of 10 was indicated to constitute a congregation, whether good or evil.  My folks have a 4,000-year-old habit of tearing away at a subject like pups worrying a bone to splinters.  

            But as you say, if it's worked this long, why scoff?  The world is still here.  

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