Now, don’t get me wrong, these things aren’t unique to only the US or only England. But, they are examples of things I believe mark the decline of our civilization. I just can’t decide which one is more indicative ……
Kim shows us this today …….
….. One senior citizen couple was recently shocked when a zoning board inspector showed up on their property and informed them they were subject to a $1,000-per-day fine for feeding wild birds in their own yard.
That’s what Bill and Diane Ganssle accidentally discovered. The couple was recently informed that their bird feeder did not meet code.
Like many stories, there’s more to it, including a jackass neighbor and someone’s massive stupidity in believing bird feeders attract deer. But, understand what a group of people in the local government did for this to happen. They busied and occupied themselves with the grave question of the best way to build a bird feeder and then believed their notion was best mandated to the rest of the community. And, then, the local government concurred and thought it best that there be a building code for the construction of a bird feeder.
And, apparently, the local citizenry didn’t see all to much wrong with this. They did, after all elect that group of pinheads and didn’t act to reverse their stupidity. Apparently, they were passive in the notion that a local government could and should dictate to private property owners exactly how they wanted them put erect their bird feeders. There’s so much wrong with this it’s difficult to cover all of the bases as to why it’s wrong.
But, then across the pond, Dirk shows us this…..
….. England’s next generation of budding rugby internationals have been told that their competitions must have no winners and that if they are losing a match, the teams will have to be changed.
While England prepare at their usual base in Surrey, the county finds itself on the frontline of a philosophical battle about competitive matches in junior or “mini” rugby.
The Rugby Football Union (RFU) in conjunction with Surrey Rugby last week issued a new set of rules for tournaments for all age groups under-11 that left many parents and coaches initially thinking they were the victims of a spoof.
The key components are that tournaments will no longer have a winner, they will be round-robin only. Coaches must meet before each match to try to pick evenly matched teams and if any matches are proving too “one-sided” then coaches will be forced to “adjust” their teams at halftime to make them closer. Teams will no longer be streamed on ability but will play all matches with mixed ability groups.
What, exactly, is the goal here? That competitive sports not be competitive? Say that a few times in your mind!
Again, this isn’t unique to England. Indeed, the notion is ubiquitous in the world of leftards. They don’t understand that losing can be very useful in formulating a path to success. Indeed, you can have no success if there is no losing.
I just can’t decide which is most indicative of our societal decline, building codes for bird feeders or the elimination of winners and losers?