Tom Cordle

Tom Cordle
Beeffee, Tennessee, CSA
June 16
There is your truth ... there is my truth ... and there is everything between. That leads to the better question: Is there an Everlasting Truth? I submit there is only the Everlasting Quest for the truth. __________________________________ I believe that in essence We are God. That is to say, humankind, for all it's faults, has power over Good and Evil. As the Eden Tale intimates, humans alone, in all Creation, have "eaten" from the the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil; and thus humans alone, in all Creation, have the ability and responsibility to choose between the two. Thus, each of us is in essence a god, and the Sum of us, through all generations past, present and future is God. By those choices, we are the creators of what was, what is and what will be. And by those choices, we, collectively, choose whether to exist here and now in the Kingdom of Heaven or in a Living Hell. _________________________________ "I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and incur my own abhorrence." Frederick Douglass _________________________________ "You can't pull yourself up by your bootstraps if you don't have any boots, and you can't put yourself in another's shoes -- you can't even try on their socks." Soulofhawk _________________________________ "I prefer silent vice to ostentatious virtue." Albert Einstein _________________________________ Only in silence can your hear the voice of God." Soulofhawk ____________________________________ "In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends." Martin Luther King, Jr" ____________________________________ "Racists can hide in the closet, but the smell usually gives them away." Soulofhawk _________________________________ "Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it." Mark Twain ____________________________ "When we are young, Death comes as an unwelcome stranger; but as we get nearer the end of our own too-often rocky road, he comes more and more to resemble a long, lost acquaintance." Soulofhawk ____________________________________ “When monetary gain is involved, mans capacity for self-delusion is infinite.” Lord Byron _________________________________ "Where greed is good, need is great." Soulofhawk _________________________________ “And let it be noted that there is no more delicate matter to take in hand, nor more doubtful in its success, than to set up as a leader in the introduction of change. For he who innovates will have as his enemies all who are well off under the existing order of things, and only lukewarm supporters in those who might be better off under the new. This lukewarm temper arises partly from the incredulity of mankind, who will never admit the merit of anything new, until they have seen it proven by the event.” Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince, Chapter VI _________________________________ "if a man falls from a pedestal, who is really to blame -- the man or those who put him up there?" Soulofhawk ____________________________________ "The history of any country, presented as the history of a family, conceals fierce conflicts of interest (sometimes exploding, most often repressed) between conquerors and conquered, masters and slaves, capitalists and workers, dominators and dominated in race and sex. And in such a world of conflict, a world of victims and executioners, it is the job of thinking people, as Albert Camus suggested, not to be on the side of the executioners." Howard Zinn _______________________________ "The worst thing to be around a bigot is right." Soulofhawk ______________________________


JANUARY 27, 2015 9:34PM

In Absentia

Visiting family in Michigan and helping Mom celebrate her 90th birthday. While I was here, my brother Ferrel finished his latetest painting titled "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag". Enjoy.


Papa 2


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JANUARY 9, 2015 8:57PM

Excuse Me While I Disappeared

Given the content of my previous post Humor is a Dangerous Game,  some of you may have chalked up its disappearance to Divine Intervention. I assure you, it was not divinity, but stupidity at work. In a rush to delete one of my own comments for editing, I foolishly deleted the posRead full post »

JANUARY 7, 2015 2:27PM


"When one person suffers from a delusion, it is called insanity. When many people suffer from a delusion it is called a Religion.” Robert Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenence

They say hope springs eternal in the human b(r)east, and this is the season of hope, new beginnings andRead full post »

DECEMBER 12, 2014 7:16PM

Tsunami According to Tommy


While the ignorant, the willfully blind, and the politically corrupt continue to deny environmental climate change, climate change in the workplace is -- or at least ought to be -- undeniable. Indeed, income inequality is as plain as the nose on actor Karl Malden's face -- and those who denyRead full post »

NOVEMBER 25, 2014 1:44PM

'Tis the Season


'Tis the season for reflecting on religion, and so I shall, though I fear my reflections may not be received in the same spirit in which they are offered.


Let me stir the figgy pudding by repeating something I've said here before: A certain group of Christians here in… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 22, 2014 1:22PM

The Holy Grail


To Percival and Galahad

And every legendary lad

Who ever went on sacred quest

To find The Grail and pass the test ...


To all who waste Sweet Bird of Youth

In pursuit of Perfect Truth ...

Seeking Immortality ...

That quest is naught but alchemy


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NOVEMBER 16, 2014 4:03PM



When my father was twelve he was run over by a school bus, and his leg was badly broken. A doctor set the leg, but it did not heal properly. The doctor then recommended the leg be rebroken and reset. 


Unfortunately, my grandmother acquiesced to her child's mournful pleas… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 14, 2014 2:51PM

What's the Difference


My previous post Another Immodest Proposal called for uniform voting requirements in all states in elections involving candidates for Federal office, which is to say, most elections. That post generated a lot of feedback, including this from resident curmudgeon Jan Sand: 


"The gene… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 5, 2014 3:14PM

Another Immodest Proposal


This morning I received this in an email from a friend:


"I stand by the assertion real change does not happen without violence... it is fear that motivates the neanderthals."

I'm sure this call for violence was prompted by frustration with the dreadful results of yesterday's mid-term el… Read full post »

OCTOBER 27, 2014 3:08PM



Television held the potential to be the greatest educational tool ever devised, but it also held the potential to replace religion as the “opiate of the masses”, to borrow Lenin's phrase. Half a century ago, former FCC Chairman Newton Minow put the question succinctly:


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OCTOBER 20, 2014 1:01PM

Ball and Chain

For those who may not be aware, my brother Ferrel Cordle is a fine artist. Here's his latest:

Ball and Chain 

He calls it Ball and Chain -- clever boy.  If you'd like to see more of his work, go here:

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OCTOBER 7, 2014 5:53PM

An Immodest Proposal


My friend Con Chapman posted a spoof about Joe Biden, with the spurious claim Biden insisted Delaware should be declared a state. With my tongue not so firmly planted in cheek, I offered an appropriate nickname for Delaware -- The Corporate Bankruptcy State, since it has some of theRead full post »

OCTOBER 3, 2014 2:56PM

Famous Last Words


Younger folks likely knew actor David Carradine from his title role in the film Kill Bill. But older folks remember him as shaolin monk Kwai Chang Caine in the 1970's television series Kung Fu.


I used to watch that show religiously ... when you can take this pebble fromRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 24, 2014 6:48PM

Our Man in Dumbarton


While the results of the vote in the recent plebiscite in Scotland surprised many, it was but a temporary setback for a substantial portion of the populace, who will continue to fight for independence. And their task will be made much easier when England fails – as is likely –… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 17, 2014 5:32PM

Spare the Rod

The much too popular expression “spare the rod and spoil the child” is a corruption of Proverbs 13:24. In the King James version of the Bible, that verse is rendered as He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.”

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SEPTEMBER 10, 2014 9:06PM

Redskins and Rice

Over and over and over and over, the media replays the brutal sequence of events in a casino elevator, events no one should have to witness. The mind recoils as Ray Rice slugs his fiance Jaynay Palmer and then roughly drags her unconscious body halfway out of the elevator.

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SEPTEMBER 8, 2014 3:18PM

Inside Straight

We've been told time and again that no one could have predicted the financial debacle that led to the Great Recession. Well, some people did – including a financial illiterate like me.

I was going through some of my old songs – trying to clean out the cobwebs from my… Read full post »

AUGUST 31, 2014 2:31PM

The Age of Never

Sad to say, for the first time in several years, I did not make my annual summer pilgrimage to the Holy Land – that is to say, to Michigan. There were many reasons (and a few excuses) why I chose not to make the trip.

First and foremost was that myRead full post »

MAY 11, 2014 3:16PM

Momma's Prayers

The road is hard, the road is long
And there are times I’m not that strong
When my whole world has gone all wrong
I know what keeps me going on

Momma’s prayers, momma’s tears
Momma’s hopes and momma’s fears
Momma’s dreams for her little man
And so I do the best I can

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MAY 7, 2014 1:30PM

The Grand Illusion

“When I was a child, I spake as a child ... I understood as a child ... I thought as a child.  But when I became a man, I put away childish things.” 1 Corinthians 13:11

You want to talk religion, well, let's have a dialogue
You speak of wars in Heaven/
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APRIL 29, 2014 5:32PM

Song of Micah

As I mentioned previously, this is the time of year when I begin preparing for my annual pilgrimage to Michigan come August. One of the concerts I'm working on has the working title: Through A Glass Darkly. This particular song was adapted from the Old Testament Book of Micah: 

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APRIL 10, 2014 1:40PM


For some time, I have tried to convince my sister to post here. Alas, now that Open Salon isn't so open, it's too late for her to share her talents, so it is left to me to do so.


Hard-ass old book
Softer gentler new book
Each blind-sighted
And dangerous in its
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The title is a quotation from Lin Chi, a Buddhist master. I began with that quote not as an incitement to murder, but as a caution, lest anyone mistake my observations and opinions as a sign I believe I have any special insight about religion, including my own. I don't.Read full post »

MARCH 21, 2014 11:10PM

Dogs of War

In his recent post, Help Me Make It Through the Night, Stacey Youdin quoted from a column by Charles Pierce, a takedown of village idiot Bill Kristol. Pierce did not mince words, and what he said bears repeating at length:

"Blow me, you monstrous, bloodthirsty fraud, you silly, stupid chickenhawk motRead full post »

MARCH 18, 2014 12:10PM

My First YouTube Video

I've posted my first YouTube video of one of my songs. I might have gone with one of my best songs for my first; but I chose what's more or less a jingle because it was topical. And lord knows politics is no place for art. 

God willing, True Blue Texan willRead full post »