t is summer, I’m a teacher, nearly unpaid, and have the gift of prep time for fall classes. I’m also being indulgent and reading a bit for enjoyment, currently Becoming, the Michelle Obama memoir. This is a moving story, not the least reason for that being the aching sense of what we lost in the […]
Tom Hastings: The US has fallen from its role as world leader, a fall that many might welcome under many other circumstances, but not when Russia and China are rushing in to fill the vacuum. Trump is Putin’s useful idiot.
Tom Hastings: Even when income and wealth/poverty levels are controlled for, African Americans, Native Americans/Pacific Islanders have lower five-year survival rates for the aggregate of cancers suffered in the US.
Tom Hastings: mpeachment would possibly clear the House but would be pried from the cold dead hands of the US Senate under the command of Mitch “Swampy” McConnell. As they say in New Jersey, fuggetaboutit.
Tom Hastings: Those who chanted at the North Carolina rally may well be capable of feeling shame as individuals, but clearly they lack it as a mob.
Tom Hastings: My partner, who is African American, rejects the notion of reparations that start with sending out money before fixing the core problems that still drive such high rates of pain and suffering in the black community.
Tom Hastings: Using a massive nuclear reaction to make steam, noted someone years ago, is like using a chainsaw to cut butter. Let’s match the least destructive means to the desired ends.
Tom Hastings: It is obvious that the Trumpeters simply lack basic reasoning skills when they yell that Trump is completely and totally exonerated.
Tom Hastings: I still wonder if the Trump Effect—the normalization of blatant lying—is working its way into layers of our culture, our society, our daily lives.
Tom Hastings: Almost no matter their country or countries of origin, I lead with a sincere apology for the Dear Leader who lost the popular vote but still managed to get installed in the most powerful office on Earth.
Tom Hastings: To compound Trump’s crisis, the government workers and contractors will likely soon not be able to keep any semblance of safety net in place because they are themselves furloughed
Tom Hastings: Trump was petrified and putrified. He had zero idea what he was saying, mouthing words, faking expressions, emphasizing incorrect syllables, and looking pinched and pained that he was being controlled.
Tom Hastings: Let’s be clear about these rats. None were struck with an attack of conscience that caused them to come forward. Each one, every one, was caught.