Milbank first. He indicates that Paul Ryan's House "Budget" is a fraud. Says Ryan is literally "shooting blanks" because all the key components of an actual budget are missing. Also Lyin' Ryan neglects mentioning that some of his budget cuts are actually already made by Obama, etc. etc. Read the column and save it because it is a classic indicator of the classic Republican strategy.
Republicans attack Democrats for not having plans. When Democrats produce an actual plan, they nitpick it to death or immediately pronounce it dead on arrival. They figured this out when McGovern actually produced a sensible "negative tax" proposal. It was attacked in a hundred unfair irrelevant ways. Thus was born a standard GOP attack mode. Republicans then produce as Ryan has done, some vacuous empty crapola that is so meaningless pointing out the nonsense if is a Sysyphian task since no matter how badly their mythology and discredited economic theory is shredded, they keep coming back with it. It is always more lipstick on a sow's ear.
Ryan is a master of bald-faced flimflammery. He almost never directly answers any questions from legitimate press because to do so demonstrates his shallow emptiness.
And then onto something entirely different. Kathleen Parker with the somewhat misleading title "Myopia in Rome" in the MDR.. One might think it was timid criticism of the Holy Roman Circus, but no. It is an attack on the press in Rome.
In a previous post, I noted that there was 3 minutes of actual news and a week or more of press and media time-filling nonsense. Parker sort of agrees, but not. She glowingly presents the ideas that the Roman Church is not actually anti-woman because of their glorification of Mary, Mother of Jesus. It was hard for me watching all the males in funny hats and gowns or dresses with not a woman in sight or on site. With their heads wrapped, it seemed they had too much in common with Islamicist Mullahs who also walk around in dresses with funny headgear and demand that women cover up and cower. Anyway, Parkers reference to Mary is irrelevant in the context of press coverage distortion.
She then goes into all the good thing the church and believers do. And, there really is much good done by the Roman Church and believers, but to a large extent, the poor who are always with us are a consequence of the church opposition to birth control, condom distribution, and abortions. Also, the AIDs/HIV empidemic or plague is at least partially the consequence of church promotion of ignorance of sexual nature and birth control, etc. To that extent, much of the Catholic good works are actually a cure of the disease the Church dogma and teaching cause. It is a beautiful circle of irrelevant argument.
And, now onto Thomas Sowell. Sowell is usually so far out on the right wing fringes of ideological and economic nonsense as to be nearly laughable except he is often taken seriously when he should be ignored and ignored when he should be taken seriously. His column on Multiculturalism promoting Polarization is one which should be taken seriously-- especially in this week when all the world is hearing about the millions of Catholics in South America and Mexico.
Multiculturalism and diversity hype are mostly nonsense. They are promoted by Democrats looking for cheap votes and Republicans looking for cheap labor. They are quick irrelevant excuses for groups in lagging cultures to blame others for their problems. Liberals repeat this cant crap almost daily. As Sowell indicates, it is amazing that otherwise intelligent people tie their brains in knots trying to somehow twist backward cultures into something else and attack those with any sense of realism as "blaming the victims". Then they play the "bigot card".
As Sowell concludes, " The biggest losers in all this are those members of racial [ and cultural] minorities who allow themselves to be led into the blind alley of resentment and rage, even when there are broad avenues of opportunity available. And we all lose when society is polarized."
Sowell never even gets to the "Tower of Babel" argument on the nonsense of language diversity.
Well, that is enough of the snailmail opinions for the day.
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