Monthly Archives: April 2017

Ultimate Concerns

And why the Progressive-Left is doomed to fail.

Liberal Tolerance by Branco

Some people say that all religions depend on faith, while all secularisms rely on reason.  But G.K. Chesterton said that was silly, because “reason is itself a matter of faith.  It is an act of faith to assert that our thoughts have any relation to reality at all.”

And I would posit that my faith is eminently reasonable.  I’m a very logical, brain-oriented kind of person.  The idea of making a blind leap of faith was repugnant to me.  I did not commit to Jesus until I had enough logically persuasive evidence to make it reasonable to do so.

But even belief in a deity does not distinguish religion from secularism.  For example, religious Buddhism does not posit the existence of a supreme being, while some forms of secular Environmentalism posit that the whole biosphere is a living entity called Gaia.

J. Budziszewski says the real issue is one’s ultimate concern.

  • An acknowledged religion, like Christianity, posits an ultimate concern and admits it.
  • An unacknowledged religion, like Leninism, also posits an ultimate concern, but denies it’s religious to do so.

Budziszewski discusses a third possibility, an incomplete religion — i.e., an acknowledged or unacknowledged religion which has not yet finished ranking its concerns.  However, there is a caveat in that “incomplete religion can live only in the dreamworld of thought.”

In the light of day it must become complete or die. For in every life or way of life—whether lived simply, lived with the guidance of an ethical theory, or even lived in defiance of an ethical theory—given enough time, some concern eventually emerges as paramount.

Eventually there is something to which every knee bows. This is the person’s god.  

As a matter of theory, one may deny that any concern deserves ultimacy. But as a matter of practice, no one escapes ceding ultimacy to something, whether it deserves ultimacy or not. Choices between incompatible urgencies are unavoidable.

I would like to posit that the Progressive Left as a whole constitutes an incomplete religion, but that within the Left are groups of individuals who have ceded ultimacy to one or another of the Left’s sacred cows.  For example, Black Lives Matter puts blacks first, Third Wave Feminism puts women first, LGBT activists put sexual deviants first, and so on.

Budziszewski explains that “what you can tolerate pivots on your ultimate concern.”

Because different ultimate concerns ordain different zones of tolerance, social consensus is possible only at the points where these zones overlap.

Should contending concerns become sufficiently unlike, their zones of tolerance no longer intersect at all. Consensus vanishes.

At the moment, the various “denominations” on the Progressive Left truly agree only on this doctrine:  Democrats are good and Republicans are evil.  

Beyond this, their zones of tolerance diverge, as we’ve seen recently with Transgender activists who no longer feel they can be part of the LGB community and Pro-Life Democrats who have been given notice that the party no longer has room for them.

This divergence and its concomitant intolerance is why I believe that the Progressive Left cannot succeed in the long run.


Based in part on “The Illusion of Moral Neutrality” by J. Budziszewski

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Today’s college students: dumber than a box of rocks

Campus Reform went to the George Mason University to find out how students felt about Donald Trump’s first 100 days… except that the actions and accomplishments they attributed to Trump were really things that had taken place during Barack Obama’s first 100 days. The result, sadly, was just about what you would expect.


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Defund Planned Parenthood

2004 to 2014 PP services


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ACLU Hypocrisy

James Woods on ACLU

From the ACLU web site:

“In 1978, the ACLU took a controversial stand for free speech by defending a neo-Nazi group that wanted to march through the Chicago suburb of Skokie , where many Holocaust survivors lived. The notoriety of the case caused some ACLU members to resign, but to many others the case has come to represent the ACLU’s unwavering commitment to principle. In fact, many of the laws the ACLU cited to defend the group’s right to free speech and assembly were the same laws it had invoked during the Civil Rights era, when Southern cities tried to shut down civil rights marches with similar claims about the violence and disruption the protests would cause. Although the ACLU prevailed in its free speech arguments, the neo-Nazi group never marched through Skokie, instead agreeing to stage a rally at Federal Plaza in downtown Chicago.”



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Ka-Boom! by Ben Carson

Also, Jake Tapper, you ignorant excuse for a journalist, PLANNED PARENTHOOD does not now and HAS NEVER DONE MAMMOGRAMS!  How many times do we have to debunk this lie?!  Sheesh.


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The Democrats’ First 100 Days

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Nationwide, the Democratic Party is in tatters with only 16 governors, 30 state legislative chambers, a historically low number of state legislative seats, 193 members of the House, and 46 senators.

Democratic voters despise President Trump, but this has not translated into wins in the special elections that have been held this year.

Despite American majorities siding against them, they are still dead set against enforcement of immigration laws and restrictions on abortion, while still supporting laws against firearms and carbon dioxide.

Democrat leadership has yet to rally behind any plan to fix Obamacare or an alternative to Trump’s tax proposal.

In Congress, Chuck Schumer’s obstruction of Trump’s appointments has been aggressive and unprecedented, but Trump’s cabinet is filling up anyway.

Schumer also screwed up bigly when he forced Republicans to end the filibuster for judicial appointments.  There are a LOT of federal judicial seats needing to be filled and the likelihood of another SCOTUS seat opening up soon is very high.  Without the filibuster, Democrats will have zero ability to prevent the entire federal judiciary from moving to the right.

Ain’t it grand?!


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Trump’s First 100 Days

First things first.

It was cold, windy, the sky was threatening all day yesterday.  Fishing is largely a matter of timing. Tuesday, the crappie bite was hot. Thursday, nobody on the lake caught anything. We found some small fish, my friend got one nice crappie and I got a bluegill about 10″, which is big for this species. It was a female and she was pre-spawn, so she was full of eggs. My friend took one picture of me with it and I released her. We call it CPR: catch, photo and release. This lake gets a lot of pressure and when too many mature fish are taken, the population declines. People like me want to keep the sport healthy for our grandchildren. We are conservationists, not terrorists.

Now for the boring crap.

Much has been made of the first quarter GDP being .07%. The media, of course is blaming it all on Trump. This, of course, is bogus. For 8 agonizing years, the GDP under the Magic Negro didn’t top 3%, the worst record of economic growth in our history, including The Great Depression.

Complete List of President Trump’s Major Accomplishments in First 100 Days

The US Stock Markets are at record highs and millions of Americans are benefiting in their retirement savings accounts.

  • The DOW daily closing stock market average rose more than 15% since the election on November 8th. (On November 9th the DOW closed at 18,332 – on March 1st the DOW closed at 21,115).
  • The US Stock Market gained $2 trillion in wealth since Trump was elected!
  • The S&P 500 broke $20 Trillion for the first time in its history.

President Trump decreased the US Debt in his first 100 days by $100 Billion.

(President Obama increased the US debt in his first 100 days by more than $560 Billion.)

The US Manufacturing Index soared to a 33 year high in this period which were the best numbers since 1983 under President Reagan.

Illegal immigration is down 67% since President Trump’s Inauguration.

NATO announced Allied spending is up $10 Billion because of President Trump.

After being nominated by President Trump, Constitutionalist Judge Neil Gorsuch was confirmed and sworn in as Supreme Court Justice in early April.

President Trump on First 100 Days: “I Don’t Think Anyone Has Done What We’ve Been Able to Do”

‘We’re moving awfully well. We’ve got a lot of things done. We are, I don’t think there’s ever been anything like this. It’s a false standard, 100 days, but I have to tell you, but I don’t think anyone has done what we’ve been able to do.”

Hero’s welcome for Trump from National Rifle Association as he promises to protect their ‘sacred right’ and hints he will face Elizabeth Warren in 2020

  • Victory lap for the president on eve of his 100th day as he addresses National Rifle Association’s annual convention in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tells crowd in campaign-style address: ‘I will never, ever infringe on the right of the people to keep and bear arms.’
  • Praised his administration for getting Neil Gorsuch on the Supreme Court bench and promises to build the wall – to cheers and applause from the audience.
  • Told them he thought Elizabeth Warren, the ultra-liberal Democratic senator, could run in 2020 and used his derisive nickname ‘Pocahontas’ for her.

Trump’s loyal voters aren’t buying ‘shameful’ media spin: Report

“Employing a blitzkrieg-style deluge of misleading headlines, both online and in print, coupled with a heavy diet of 89 percent negative broadcast network news coverage of Trump, the groupthink of the liberal media bubble has tried mightily to portray President Trump’s first 100 days in office as the worst political disaster of the last half century,” Mr. O’Connell tells The Washington Times.

“How else are we to explain the fact that President Trump has the lowest approval rating since 1945, yet his supporters express little-to-no buyer’s remorse and that if the 2016 presidential election were held today, Trump would win the popular vote over Hillary Clinton, according to the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll?” he continued.

President Trump Is ‘Absolutely’ Considering Breaking Up the Ninth Circuit Court

The Ninth Circuit has jurisdiction over nine west coast states and two U.S. territories. Eighteen of the court’s 25 judges were appointed by Democratic presidents.

“You see judge shopping, or what’s gone on with these people, they immediately run to the Ninth Circuit,” Trump added. “It’s got close to an 80 percent reversal period, and what’s going on in the 9th Circuit is a shame.”

MSNBC Discovers Top Democrats Don’t Like Donald Trump


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Gone Fishin’

Cold, cloudy, chance of rain…. meh.
They say a bad day fishing is better than a good day working. I wouldn’t know…I’ve never had a bad day fishing.

added by bluebird of bitterness:


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Keeping Promises

On Wednesday, President Trump signed an executive order giving his Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, about a year to prepare a report on areas within the federal Department of Education that infringe on state and local education decisions and need to be eliminated.

“We know that local communities do it best and know it best,” Trump said.  “The time has come to empower teachers and parents to make the decisions that help their students achieve success.”

Case in point:

2014_11 17 High school lunch approved by MOOCH


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Still Keeping Promises

Vets debt toon

Today, President Trump created a new office in the Department of Veterans Affairs tasked with identifying and weeding out poorly performing employees.

It will also be tasked with protecting whistle blowers from retaliation and conducting an internal review of the VA to make eliminate unnecessary duplication of services.

The VA has been criticized for years for failing to quickly fire problematic employees, and Trump repeatedly vowed on the campaign trail that he would increase accountability at the VA.

I’m enthused.  I hope it actually works.


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