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.
Tom Hall: What if we said that using government money to teach little children that girls are inferior, and that boys should be allowed to “have their way” with girls, IS sexual abuse?
Tom Hall: Letting the voters tell campaigners what they think is important hasn’t been in vogue for many years. But Tuesday’s elections may tell us that voters would like to have that option.
Tom Hall: The sin of sexual abuse is so serious, that for the progressive left, as with abortion and the alt-white, any notion of Constitutional due process must be set aside.
It’s like buying football game tickets to support the players’ right to free expression of their disapproval of police brutality toward and killings of people of color. Can’t be bad. But supporting a gladiator sport whose natural outcome is brain damage for every player can’t be good.
Tom Hall: What struck me most about the language being used was how familiar it was. The student presenters sounded a lot like a lot of the organizers I worked with, first on Civil Rights and then on anti-Vietnam War activities, back in the ‘60s.
Tom Hall: Just as the corporate media Failed to cover the Republican tax plan, and the profit-rape of Puerto Rico, it is now also failing to cover the real story behind the Las Vegas massacre.
Tom Hall: Except that the worst of the worst of today’s “irresponsible” men are all BABY BOOMERS! OUR generation – the generation that gave the Civil Rights Movement its greatest push forward, then turned our backs on Civil Rights to build the anti-Vietnam War Movement.
Tom Hall: The murder of non-whites by police – officers of the state – horrifies and distracts people. But there are less dramatic crimes, every day, that shape the lives of black people, and people of other colors.
Tom Hall: 230 years ago, a group of very disparate men, yes men, no women allowed, argued, debated, balanced interests, and then agreed on a plan to start a new nation, unlike any other that had existed in history.
Tom Hall: Heedless of any risk to his personal reputation, Osteen, god’s anointed messenger, held his own humble, personal worship space above the fray, and kept the dirty, mud-soaked rabble, wearing smelly, days-old clothing, from polluting the space.