Tom Hall: Like American fundagelicals, Iran’s religious leaders pick and choose what parts of their scriptures they want to cite. And like America’s for-profit “christians,” Iran’s “Moslem” leaders have little or no connection to the Islam of history.
Tom Hall: Might Trump’s efforts to stir up a new Middle East war actually have the potential to motivate Middle East nations to align themselves in ways that promote more balance, and therefore, better opportunities for less war and more peace?
Tom Hall: Fred Rogers showed Lloyd Vogel that he mattered. That his concerns were important to Fred Rogers. He didn’t simply tell Lloyd Vogel what he needed and how to behave.
Tom Hall: MoveOn has done a lot to help spread progressive thinking and move the Democratic Party back from the “Republican-Lite” positions of Bill Clinton.
Tom Hall: Are the Yemenis using drones to attack the financial base of the nations that are attacking them any different from our own Founding revolutionaries?
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.