Tom Hall: With the Pentagon’s long (let us not say honorable) history of facilitating rapacious corporations, melting glaciers and “defensification” of the island virtually guarantees a fresh crop of fabulously wealthy new generals and colonels.
Tom Hall: Knowing that Donald has ordered his attorneys general, first Jeff Sessions and now Billious Barr, to resolve any issues at federal lock-ups, and make them perfect prisons, what are we to make of the evolving series of stories being floated out of the Justice Department about the Epstein kill?
Tom Hall: The business of stripping money from the pockets of the working poor by providing dangerous, overpriced slum housing goes back to Donald’s father and before.
Tom Hall: I have to agree with the Bernie supporters at the party: Warren is winning that contest. I only hope that Bernie and Warren can, and will work together no matter which one comes out ahead.
Tom Hall: Not one of the current Republican ‘justices’ has any concern for the appearance of “independence.” Each of them is a long-term party hack.
Tom Hall: Facebook’s expulsion of Alex Jones provides an opportunity for a wholly self-serving and essentially dishonest pretense that Facebook has some moral compass.
Tom Hall: In four weeks, we will celebrate the 65th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision, and will lament how long the stony road stretches before us until that decision becomes more real than aspirational. The paths of the cases that combined to become Brown are as relevant today as they were in the early 50s.
Tom Hall: It wasn’t merely her lying, but the way she seemed almost gleeful in contradicting documentary records and even statements on her own Department’s website. She seemed to revel in mimicking the Donald’s style of flagrant lying.
Tom Hall: While liberals fought to keep religious indoctrination out of schools, the well-funded for-profit new church worked hard to gain a virtual monopoly over public discussions of religions and especially of “christianity.”
Tom Hall: Covington School students are taught that the Donald’s overt racism is a proper approach to modern life. But their hats signal support for more than just racism.
Tom Hall: Starting in January, the new Congress brings us a new generation of women of color, elected on the timeless theme that women of color can be relied upon to fix what white men of power and narrow vision have screwed up.
Tom Hall: Seeking cooperation, reaching across the aisle, even taking seriously some Republican themes could be good for Democrats, particularly the new progressive representatives.
Tom Hall: As much as politics, our national race problem continues to be driven by economics and by social beliefs and conventions. Similar factors drive our continuing national problems with gender issues.