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 ______________________________


APRIL 8, 2011 8:49PM

My Back Pages

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I've been bashing-out my brains here since  September, 2008. Feel free to dig up bones in my backyard, all titles clickable. Thanks, Tom


Lost in Translation

Where's Tom?

Paul Revere's Ride Revised

Original Sin

Huckabee Youth

A History of God

Show Some Restraint

Twilight of Trump

Lend Me An Ear


The Appalling Ignorance of Bobby Ghosh

God, Man and Singularity

Cognito Ergo Sum


Courage and Contentment

Drowning in Vomit

Hoping for a Miracle

Khadaffi Hiding-Out in Georgia

What's Happening?

Letter from My Father

All Atwitter

Popping Off

Breaking News – OS Buys AARP

Confederate President of the United States

Mourning in America - The Great Prevaricator

Rebutting Heads

Fifteen Reasons I'm Sorry

The Power of Prayer

If Wishes Were Horses

Healthcare Hell

Thank You

The Winter of Our Discontent

The Great Compromise

Deeply Disappointed

Excerpts from Deception Points

Book 'Em

Scum of the Earth

The Center Cannot Hold

The World According to Georpe

Bully For You

Four-Letter Word Revised

Four-Letter Word

Teapot to Despot

The Twelve Labors of Barackules

The Eggstacy and the Eggony


Oedipus Wrecks


The Joy of Masturbation

Too Cool Hand

Root Hog Or Die

That's That

Real Radical

Redeeming Race

The Forty-One-Year-Old Virgin

The Blind Man and the Elephant

Tea O'D

What, Me Worry? You Betcha.

Aristotle Begs to Differ

Monty Python, Moron Preacher

Small World

There’s Never Enough

Beck to the Future

Glen Beck is Right

Now Appearing

Tone-Deaf Tony: My interview with Tony Hayward

Shill, Baby, Shill


Got Live If You Want It

Momma's Prayers

I'm A Junkie

My Life in Three Very Short Sentences


A Word to the Right



Radio/Rodeo Clown

Plagiarizing with Impunity

Lessons Unlearned

A Tale of Two Teddys

Wall Street Blues

The Pretender at Seventeen

A Regressive Exposes Himself

Guns and Butter – A Very Brief History of the 20th Century

Bayhing Time

French Kiss

Obama Fouls Out

I Thought You Would Be Beautiful

Hold 'Em

Altered Aphorisms

Casa de los Baptists

Just Say No

Apples and Oranges


Rebutting the Rebuttal

Sneak Preview of State of Union Speech

The Satanic Curses

Plato, Paul, Peter and Palin


Unjust Business As Usual

Exposing Myself

Malice in Wonderland

Sleeping Buddha, Schlepping Brit

For Those Who Have Ears To Hear

My Final Post

My Top Ten List

Bah Humbug!

Under the Influence

Twenty Million Thank You's

Sundays with Schopenhauer II

Aborted Logic

Muslim First, American Second

Ladies Man

J’accuse Redux

Canaries in a Cathouse

Party Invitation

Revolt of the Pitbulls

A 21st Century Political Dictionary

Raquel and Rush - A Love Story

Children of Columbus

The Beat Goes On

Doctored Truth

Connecting the Dots

Let’s Face It

Tyranny of the Minority

Loon River

The Divide Comedy

WWJD - What Would Jesus Deal?

Passing the Bucks

Country Preacher

Barry the Kid


Prophesizing On Profiteering

A Character Study

Regarding My Absence

God Speaks

I Can Live With It

Me, My, Mine

Open Call: A Modest Proposal

Pissin’ in the Windmill

What Lies Beneath (and lies and lies and lies)

Wearin’ o’ the Green

Love’s Many Faces

Ed McMahon Blues

Separating Siamese Twins


Ten Commandments Updated

Secretary of Torture

Standing in Need

Our Better Angels

Strange Bedfellows Smoking

Healthcare Hucksters

Grovering Government

Socialism ≠ Social Disease

White Crosses

Propaganda and Plunder

There is no virtue in being sincerely wrong

Out of the Mouths of Babes

A Line in the Sand

Torture on Trial: Chuckie v. Cheney

Sex, Lies and Visual-Aids

Supreme Court Nominee Announced

I Could Do Without the Hand-Jobs, Ladies

What is Truth?

Winter Soldiers, Forgetten Warriors

Barofsky Battles Banksters

I Was Water-Boarded

Let Sleepin’ Dogs Lie

Swimming with a Black Swan

Torture: Principle and Practicality

A penny for your thoughts

Haiku for hungry lovers

Truth in Labeling

Would I Lie To You?

Doubting Thomas

Homeless isn't what it use to be

I Show Verbal Mine -Virtual Nudity

The Bleeping Dictionary (With Nudity)

The Persistence of Memory

Songwriting with Seger

A Pox Upon Our Houses

My Love Affair with Javier Bardem

Reality Check

They’re Gonna Put Me in the Movies

Shall I Seduce Thee with a Sonnet?

Separated at Birth

Ponzinomics Redux

Enough: An open letter to President Obama

Pardon My Punctuation

The Cowboy Way

Weekend at Bernie Madoff’s

Stem Cells and Sophie's Choice

The Quantum Theory of Love

Mind If I Shit In Your Lap?

Mac McAnally – A Working Class Hero

Bringing Up The Rear

Died For Love

Bobby Jindal – A Mass of Contradictions

Balancing the Ledger

Resurrecting Rourke

My Favorite Flicks

Sundays with Schopenhauer

I Love Chocolate

I’ll Sleep With You When I Am Dead

Motel Sex

Please Read and Please Watch

How I Lost My Innocence

The day the music died

Big Boys Don’t Cry

Blogwhore Blues - A Song for OS

Blago and G-Blog Done With Whoring

Congress’ Copulating Clowns

The Coldest Spot In Hell

George W. Bush, You're No Harry Truman

Less than Lincoln

You’re not who you think you are

Bush Blows Off Pardons

Dreams Don’t Die

A Fitting Tribute to G.W. Bush

Devolution of Democracy

When Fools Think Themselves Wise


Are You Nuts?

The Problem With Love

Poetic Justice

Smilin' Bob Exposed

A Cock-Eyed Optimist

Mourning in America - Fiction Becomes Reality

One Hundred Words On My Favorite Subject

Nonviolent Insistence, Anyone?

The Silent Scream of Sparrows

Of Ants and Men

25 Things I Swore I'd Never Tell

The Kool-Aid Acid Test Redux

No Country for Old Cliches

How Can 59,934,814 People Be So Dumb?

Forget Cake Eat More Pie

The Catcher in the Wry - by G.W. Malingerer

The Joy of Masturbation

A Contemporary Christmas Carol

The Solace of Solstice

Proposed Amendment to The Constitution

In Praise of a Desperate Man

The Secret – My Own Private Ohio

Bring Back the Draft

Up A Malaisey River

Worse Than A Weenie Caught In A Zipper

Scandalous, Magnanimous, Jebiculous

Jesus Christ, Robin Hood and Karl Marx

Diseased Duck Defecates On Doleful Decade

Open Salon aka World of Wordcraft

Everybody Dies Too Soon

Nasty Note to Bring Big Bucks

101 Words on Eternity

Sorry, Joan Walsh, You’re Wrong

Pilgrims, Playboy and Porn

Alan Greenspan: The Naked and the Dead

W Does Nashville

Veterans Day Tribute

I'm Not Here

The Sexiest Man Alive is not Turdblossom

The Twelve Labors of Obama

Tears of Joy and Sorrow

Amazing Grace


The Wisdom of Wolves

A Modest Proposal

Dress for Excess

A Certain Smile

Plumbing the Depths

Where Ignorance is Bliss

Johnny We Hardly Know Ya

The Pinnacle of Failure


A Bridge Too Far


Can the Leper Change His Spots?

Goodbye Cool Hand

Dumb, Baby, Dumb


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yikes..reads more like "subterranean homesick blues"
than "my back pages"....

glad you have rejuveniled yrself to the point
of ah i was so much older than
younger than that now,

and wish you the best of luck in a total fuckin anarchy
in america for the next few days/weeks
hopefully months.

cogito? god & lately, man.

ergo? singularity//

sum=anarchy of the psyche.
The pump still works, but some vandal took the handle
Tom, maybe it's my browser, but when I mouse over of the titles, they all highlight, when I click it takes me "Dumb, Baby, Dumb.
But I like this indexing post idea.
Same here, Tom. Maybe you need spaces between the links.
Rated for all the effort put in.
I loved Your 'piece' ref`
War creates peace as`
Warmongers "hate" a`
Lover who no do wars `
No allow 'strife' to reign.
I may have not been clear?
War creates peace like hate
produces love and harmony.
What's is the no-cigarette post?
That 'ought' to be read frequently.
Reading @ Open Salon makes folks`
Rush-out to buy a bunch of Dominican's
Republics ~ hand-rolled Cigars Tonight!
Good Night.
Trudge, Fusun
Thanks for cluing me in, they should work fine now.
that was you, dummy!
you are the mighty Vandal , ancient warrior of Germania,
who took the handle...the handle on cb radio, the handling of
the ham-fed,
hamburger circus, etc.

didnt you see "the eagle", which was based on mythopoetic fact?

throw ts eliot, pruny catholic prude,
and ezra pound, putting on lbs sitting there
with his anti -semitic comments pouring flawlessly

into anti muslim

throw the bums out!

princes keep the view,
but they are being enticed by barefooot ladies
gaining courage and lotsa estrogen.
I think I'd prefer to lay across my big brass bed with mi'lady
the colors in her mind are too kaleidoscopic for my intellectual taste.

also "she belongs to Me":
"you are a walking antique".

plus she gave me shelter from the storm in another
(pre shutdown)
lifetime, with flowers in her hair,

then morphed me into a "ballad of mr thin man" ballad..

Like: handing me a bone
and asking how it feeeeellllllllllls
to be such a freak...

ah, it aint me babe

Quite an impressive list, Tom. And, you are quite an impressive writer.
Would have commented earlier Tom but it took me a coupla minutes to re-read the posts.
We were so much OLDER then!

Jeez, you read almost as fast as I write

Yeah, I'm not as good as I once was, but I am as good once ... I forget the rest.
Tom That's a huge backyard...Maybe you might assign something to me.
tis indeed end of times...a night or so ago alot of people
were going on about ginsberg,
tonite it's dylan and tomorrow
it's probably gonna be cordle.

my how the worm turns.

just like the world does, only squirmier & wetter.
I've read plenty of them Tom and I hope this doesn't mean it's a wrap. I hope you keep ripping down all the hate.
Happy Special Blogiversary, Tom! Those of us going on three years...I started bashing my brains out here in August's a special time...between now and the actual month...a time of reflection, of wondering why, those heartwrenching moments of having no idea, and celebrating survival...good on ya, Tom. Good on ya...xox
Holy shit Tom. Just doing the html on all of your posts deserves a double rating :)
Lots of good reading here. Keep 'em coming!
Big backyard, and I've got a problem with gophers. Things there don't seem nearly so sold upon a reread

I'm a Ferlinghetti fan myself

Well, that's quite an impressive compliment
Indeed, you have, and I thank you for it

Yes, I've enjoyed the trip -- your actual mileage may vary

Holy shit? Is that anyone for a man of the cloth to speak? Or is that part of the new catechism?
In typical American fashion, I'm hoping to make up in quantity what I lack in quality

Maybe Norwonk can put in a good word with the Nobel committee