Tom Hall: Winnie Mandela just didn’t have the gentility of Barbara Bush. She didn’t keep herself at home, away from controversy. She didn’t always say the politick thing.
Tom Hall: The corporate “liberal media” focus on the Federal cabinet-level shenanigans also helps the corporate media agenda of distracting attention from other problems and opportunities. The missed opportunities problem is more important than the ignored problems.
Tom Hall: If there is a rising tide of progressive Latino voters, perhaps it is because they feel unrepresented by the entrenched pols, who assume that they will get certain votes, regardless of how they govern.
With only brothel owners to deal with financial arrangements with the police to keep whiny, complaining ‘girls’ in line, politicians can rest assured of price stability and careful matching of each politician’s predilections with the right ‘girls’.
Tillerson was groomed to believe in the government guaranteed privilege of the corporate wealthy, without need for particular intelligence, and unquestioning of the assumptions of colonial capitalism and corporate management.
Tom Hall: Black Panther repeats sexist tropes about the visual presentation of women while giving them much more substance in the film’s society than is common in sci fi. Progress. Enough? No. But more than a lot of other “Hollywood” fare provides.
Tom Hall: In the sunshine that was nurturing a young Richard Nixon, and turning Ronald Reagan against his co-workers, Graham had a conversion experience. He signed on for a career of explaining why the bible, and “christianity” meant defending the status quo.
Tom Hall: It may be hubris for a privileged white man to conclude that Dr. King would have been disheartened by our current balkanized politics, racial definitions and corporatized churches. But I do.
Tom Hall: The Donald, in attacking the FBI, is just grabbing opportunistically at a Republican Party dream that goes back as far as the Nixon administration.
Tom Hall: What good will it do to end discrimination against women if we ignore climate change and environmental destruction, and all the elderly widows in Florida find that rising sea levels have put their state underwater?
Tom Hall: Larry Nassar: It doesn’t matter what Nassar may feel, when it is so painfully obvious that even two decades after the abuse, his victims still feel his power over them.
Tom Hall: Nikki Haley is outraged that Iran is outraged by the U.S. policy of slaughtering thousands of Yemeni civilians, most recently by encouraging the spread of diphtheria and other diseases, while cutting off medical aid.
Tom Hall: Empires fall of their own weight. And the Donald is the weightiest president our empire has had for many years. He has put his considerable weight behind the effort to recognize and confirm the end of the American Imperial Age.