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 ______________________________


Editor’s Pick
MAY 20, 2013 3:42PM

How Soon We Forget

November 4th, 2008, 69,498,516 people cheered – and not a few of them wept openly and joyously – at the election of Barack Obama. But the cheers and tears were not simply for the election of America’s first black President – it appeared a forty-year nightmare was at long lastRead full post »

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MAY 1, 2013 2:53PM

Take Five

Mea culpa. I apologize to Old New Lefty for a way too lengthy comment on his post, in which he asked the question what the hell is wrong with America. My first comment on his post addressed that subject with the lyrics from one of my songs Unsquare Dance, but myRead full post »

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NOVEMBER 7, 2012 2:45PM

Southern Strategy: A Eulogy

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012, Southern Strategy died after a long bout with cancer. At such a time, it’s considered proper to offer condolences and to praise certain aspects of a life, particularly a life that figured so prominently in politics for over half-a-century. Indeed, Southern StrategyRead full post »

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OCTOBER 23, 2012 1:15PM

Snake-Oil Salesman

If there was ever any doubt which of the two major party candidates for President is up to the task, last night’s debate on foreign policy should have removed it. Barack Obama had command of the floor and the facts – and he didn’t need a teleprompter.

Mitt RomneyRead full post »

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OCTOBER 16, 2012 4:10PM

A Liberal Call to Arms

As the polls tighten, it’s time to speak plainly to my fellow Liberals. To put it simply and starkly, the barbarians are at the gates; this is no time to scatter our forces.

Yet time and again I hear the refrain on this liberal outpost that “both sides areRead full post »

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SEPTEMBER 20, 2012 5:16PM

History in Song

My long absence on my annual pilgrimage to the North Country has likely prompted some to imagine I've abandoned this outpost of semi-sanity in an otherwise absurd world.  Truth is my absence has led me to question whether writing here is worth it.

The answer to that question? Yes, soRead full post »

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JULY 3, 2012 2:40PM



Since it's the Fourth of July, it's altogether fitting and proper to salute those who have defended our freedom, people like Brig. General Anthony McAuliffe. During World War II, a German commander sent McAuliffe a note urging him to surrender. McAuliffe's response was brief and to the pointRead full post »

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JUNE 11, 2012 11:14AM

Funny, I Don't Look Jewish


My recent post A Cowboy Buryin’ drew a Reader’s Pick and some wonderful comments. Thank you all. Among the comments was one from Koshersalami, who offered what could be called bullet points on Judaism. What follows is drawn from his comment and my reply.

•   &Read full post »

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JANUARY 20, 2012 4:18PM

To ? or Not to ?

The pangs of despised love, the law's delay,
The insolence of office, and the spurns
That patient merit of th' unworthy takes

William Shakespeare, Hamlet

Forget to be, or not to be, the question is whether ‘tis nobler in the mind – excluding what passes for minds inRead full post »

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JANUARY 10, 2012 10:42AM

Fearless Forecast for the Future

Tarmac the MagnificentIn his post My Best Guess, Old New Lefty gazed into his crystal balls and offered his predictions for the future. Not to be outdone, herewith some bold predictions for 2012 and the decade beyond from the all-seeing, all-knowing Swamii Tommy.

2012 – Barack Obama is the winnerRead full post »

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OCTOBER 19, 2011 5:28PM

Takin’ it to the Streets

Wall Street Protestor“Nothing is as powerful as an idea whose time has come.” Victor Hugo

Occupy Wall Street and it's many off-shoots seem to have taken the power structure in this country completely by surprise. But like the attack on 9-11 and the housing crash, thereRead full post »

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JANUARY 12, 2011 1:48PM

Healthcare Hell

Do you have health insurance? Do you think you’re protected? You aren’t – take it from someone who knows. I was aware the system in this country was bad, but I had no idea how awful it was until I got trapped in Healthcare Hell.

(In case you missedRead full post »

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JANUARY 3, 2011 10:31AM

The Winter of Our Discontent

I hate winter. I hate the dying of the light and the dying of the living. Each December, when my father’s birthday rolls around, I am reminded he is no longer among the living, thanks to something I hate even more than winter.


Dad wasn’t yetRead full post »

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NOVEMBER 22, 2010 8:22PM

Excerpts from Deception Points

Deception Points

Editor's Note: The following excerpts are purported to be from the original draft of the memoir of former President George W. Bush. The document containing them was obtained from a former head of the CIA who wishes to remain anonymous.

Every effort was made to confirmRead full post »

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SEPTEMBER 21, 2010 3:38PM

The Forty-One-Year-Old Virgin

Christine O'DonnellThere are a lot of rumors swirling around Christine O’Donnell, but let’s squelch one right out of the box – so to speak she is not about to star in a sequel to the movie The Forty-Year-Old Virgin. Nor is she likely to star in a remake of/Read full post »

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JUNE 17, 2010 4:58PM

Shill, Baby, Shill

joe linus bartonMeet Congressman Joe Barton, drilling tool. Joe has a long and sordid history as an energy industry lackey and apologist. Like a lot of bought-and-paid-for Texas politicians, he is a very vocal proponent of the “Drill, Baby, Drill” delusion.

But today Oilcan Barton exposed himRead full post »

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DECEMBER 10, 2008 12:09PM

The Secret – My Own Private Ohio

Recent posts by UmbrellaKinesis and Rob St. Amant about The Secret and the Law of Attraction have prompted me to add my own fifty cents worth – as if I didn’t blather enough already on their posts. I am compelled to continue because commentary is totally inadequate to even begin toRead full post »

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OCTOBER 23, 2008 12:17PM

Dress for Excess

marie mccainFor Sale: Respectable Republican cloth coat, been in closet since 1952

In his infamous Checkers speech, Richard Nixon poor-mouthed his way to the Vice-Presidency by claiming his wife Pat didn’t own a fancy fur coat. Things have changed quite a bit for Republicans since then. … Read full post »

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OCTOBER 12, 2008 11:44PM

A Bridge Too Far

bridgecollapseLike the infamous “Bridge to Nowhere”, Sarah Palin may be a bridge too far. In choosing Palin, John McCain hoped to bridge the gap between himself and the evangelical base of his party. To stoop to a bad pun, that was a leap of faith. Or to extend this metaphorasis to… Read full post »
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OCTOBER 3, 2008 3:58PM

Goodbye Cool Hand

Paul Newman was cool; he was a lady’s man and a man’s man; he was what young men like me wanted to grow up to be. I was lucky enough to find out just how cool he was up close and personal. It was 1968, and our band had a gig… Read full post »