The War on Competition

Competition is not only a good thing, but a necessary thing. Without the competitive spirit, mankind would never progress, never learn, never grow, evolve, invent new things, improve, or do anything else worthwhile or noble. But, the Left sees competition as bad because competition proves the folly of the Left’s deranged obsession with equality. So, the Left prefers to pursue equality, no matter how much damage that does to mankind. And valedictorians are just the latest target

Schools are getting rid of their “valedictorian” titles over concerns that they create harmful competition, influence course selection and propagate misconceptions of large disparities in GPA because of differences in class rank.

Nearly half of American high schools do not display class rank, according to the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), and many schools give out awards to students who obtain a certain grade-point average or higher instead of only the highest-scoring student, reported the Associated Press.

The NASSP stresses that schools should encourage cooperation instead of competition with regard to academic excellence. Connor Carrow of Lancaster High School in New York wants his school to switch from honoring the top 10 students to the cum laude, magna cum laude, summa cum laude system of honors typically adopted by colleges. He advocated this switch well before placing 14th in his own graduating class.

Cooperation is another wonderful thing, but it is certainly not necessary to eliminate competition to stress cooperation. Teams, and businesses do both every day don’t they? The fact is both offer incentives for individual, as well as collective goals, and improvements. The desire to be the best spurs greatness, and not just in the winners of a game, or the person with the best GPA. Tiger Woods made a lot of other golfers better, even if most will never reach the heights he did.

Competition is part of the human condition. Yes, some go too far, and no one likes a sore winner. But the overall good, for everyone, that competition brings, far outweighs any negatives. The Left cannot see this. All they see is winners, losers and thus inequality. Inequality, to the Left is an egregious sin. Of course, inequality is all around us. Some people are smarter, better looking, have more charisma, etc. Again, this is reality, but the Left misses the necessity of competition. My niece, now seven, loves riding her bike, and she is far from the most skilled rider in the neighborhood. But her efforts to keep up with older kids, or kids with better bikes, has her improving constantly.

What good would it do her to have “bike equality”? She would never show any improvement, and the other kids who are more experienced riders would be penalized. And what of kids not as good as my niece? What would they have to strive for? Nothing of course. All the kids would simply be muddled together, riding slowly, so as not to leave any behind. The kids would quickly become bored and disinterested, and would like park their bikes. This would be a sad result, but the Left would prefer this, as all would be, yes, equal. Which reminds me of one of life’s great truths. The Left prefers an equality of misery to a happy society with “inequality” where everyone is free to improve.

Dear Denver, stupidity in the name of compassion is not compassion, it is just stupidity

Egads! What type of mental malfunction would cause anyone to think this will end well?

The moonbats running Denver must want the place to smell like San Francisco:

The Denver City Council has voted unanimously to decriminalize a number of offenses, including defecating in public. Also, urinating in public. Camping on public or private land without permission. Panhandling. And lying across public rights-of-way, such as sidewalks.

This insanity was inspired by the liberal impulse to pander to illegal aliens at the expense of law-abiding, taxpaying Americans.

Democrat Mayor Michael Hancock and city officials explained the new ordinances are designed to protect immigrants — legal and the other kind — from “unintended consequences.” These consequences were fines and longer jail terms, as has been customary in most places for violating the behavioral norms of civilized American society.

There are no words

The Lefts incurable addiction to Statism

Individual Leftists may, from time to time, learn to reject Statism, and the worship of the State, but the ideology of leftism is inexorably wedded to the ideals of Collectivism, which demands the State be supreme in all matters including charity. Lena Dunham, writing an op-ed for the NY Times (you know a newspaper is intellectually bankrupt when it elevates the foolish to positions of credibility) is aghast that women might pay for their own birth control

“Birth control pills are many women’s method of choice for preventing unintended pregnancy and should be covered by all insurance policies for that reason alone,” she writes, but then adds that “millions of women living with endometriosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome, cystic acne, migraines, uterine abnormalities and a history of ectopic pregnancies, birth control can be a crucial, even lifesaving, medical treatment.”

She continues:

If the Trump administration and Republicans in Congress succeed in stripping funding from Planned Parenthood and giving employers carte blanche to deny women necessary medication under murky notions of moral disdain, all paths to health and wellness will disappear for a huge swath of Americans.

“All paths” to health will disappear? So, women could never, say, pay for their own birth control? No health insurance would cover birth control? Planned parenthood is the only option for birth control? This is wildly inaccurate. And, understand this. Not giving federal tax dollars to Planned Parenthood, will hardly prevent that organization from offering services

The group, however, showed, in its latest annual report, that it is performing even more abortions and providing less contraception services — all while its taxpayer funding has increased.

In 2015-2016, Planned Parenthood reports performing 328,348 abortions – an increase of 4,349 abortions over the 323,999 abortions the group states it performed in 2014-2015. The organization also reported 2,945,059 contraception services in 2014-2015, and 2,808,815 of the same services in its latest report, a drop of 136,244 within a year.

With regard to its revenue, the new report shows Planned Parenthood’s total revenue to be $1,354.3 million, an increase over the $1,296.1 million reported in 2014-2015. The organization shows an increase in government reimbursement and grants this year, reporting $554.6 million in taxpayer funding, while in 2014-2015 it reported $553.7 million.

Planned Parenthood reported an “Excess in Revenue Over Expenses” of $58.8 million in 2014-2015. That amount rose to $77.5 million this past year.

So, Planned Parenthood, which Dunham practically elevates to sainthood, could not offer free birth control to women who cannot afford it? Certainly in Planned Parenthood were a corporation raking in $78 million a year Dunham would demand they pony up some of their “obscene profits”. Yet, in this case Dunham, being a Leftist can never imagine any solution but one that emanates from the federal government. How very collectivist of Dunham. This is the fatal flaw in Leftism that leads it to destroy everything it touches. Leftism sees the State as the only possible solution to any and every problem. Individuals are seen as helpless dependents who will perish without a massive bureaucracy to care for them from birth.

This belief also leads the Left to reject individual liberties in favor of the “common good” and “equality”. As a wise man said you may have equality, or you can have liberty, but you cannot have both. To ensure the egalitarian utopia the Left desires the government must be supreme, the sole arbiter of what “rights” individuals may have, and when such rights may be sacrificed upon the altar of Collectivism. In short, collectivist demands that natural rights be surrendered so as to reach this fictional utopia where all are equal. 

Such a desire is lunacy, yet the Left is hopelessly addicted to this lunacy.

*AUDIO* Mark Steyn: Trump Vs. The Global Warming Lunatics

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Your Marxist Moron of the Day

Oh Katy Perry, you are a very foolish person

Pop megastar Katy Perry made an impassioned plea for people to “co-exist” and said that “barriers” or “borders” could detract from that goal in an interview following the terrorist bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, U.K. on Monday night that claimed the lives of at least 22 people and injured dozens of others.

In an interview Tuesday on Elvis Duran and the Morning Show, the “Chained to the Rhythm” singer suggested that people “unite” following the tragedy, which occurred as young fans and their parents were leaving the 21,000-seat arena at around 10:35 p.m. local time.

“Whatever we say behind people’s backs, the Internet can be a little bit ruthless as far as fan bases go but I think that the greatest thing we can do is just unite and love on each other,” Perry said, adding, “No barriers, no borders, we all just need to co-exist.”

Good Freaking Grief! Coexist? No borders? That type of nonsense is what helped lead to this massacre. Good Lord how dense can some people be? The swine who targeted children, with a nail bomb, cared nothing about coexisting did he? Perry is  clueless if she cannot see that evil people use the West’s graciousness to attack us. Case in point

It all started with a complaint over littering – and ended with two men arrested and the discovery of an arsenal of guns and bomb-making devices by Minneapolis police. Now, local authorities have flagged the arrests for review by the Department of Homeland Security.

5 EYEWITNESS NEWS spoke with the man who called police to the scene. He asked us not to use his name because he doesn’t want any more attention than what he’s already received. He said he walked by a parked SUV near the intersection of North 44th Avenue and Humboldt Avenue North the evening of May 11 when he said he saw someone throw food wrappers out of a vehicle window onto the ground.

“My guardian angels steered me in that direction, and it just mushroomed from there,” the man said.

He said the two men in the car started fighting with him after he asked them to clean up the trash, and he paused to get the vehicle’s license plate number. The man said he called 911 after the men got out of the car and indicated they had guns.

Latest benefit of “White Privilege”? Diet sodas!

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Your Marxist Moron of the Day folks, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray

The mayor of Seattle has altered the rules of his proposed soda tax — which would fund education for minorities–to include diet drinks because affluent white people tend to consume them more.

So, hw abts people of certain races to pay more than people of other, preferred races. This is, of course racism!

Mayor Ed Murray of the staunchly liberal Seattle city originally proposed the soda tax during his state of the city address in February. Under his initial plan, distributors of sugary drinks would have to pay 2 cents per ounce.

Murray changed the bill, lowering the levy to 1.75 cents per ounce and included diet drinks because they are by favored by affluent white city residents, despite the fact that most diet drinks have no calories and therefore don’t contribute to obesity.

According to Reason, taxing diet drinks has become “an issue of equality” to the mayor because they more likely to be consumed by “upper middle class white people” and therefore must be taxed as a way to fight “white privileged institutionalized racism.”

Again, Liberals love to use taxes to create “equality”. Or at least their perversely twisted definition of equality