Tom Cordle

Tom Cordle
Location
Beeffee, Tennessee, CSA
Birthday
June 16
Title
Peasant
Company
Pleasant
Bio
"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

MY RECENT POSTS

APRIL 27, 2009 5:57PM

Barofsky Battles Banksters

barofsky Like gangsters in The Thirties, banksters make money the old-fashioned way; they steal it. What’s a bankster? Banksters are gangsters with better suits, better educations, and better connections.

Back in The Thirties, bank-robber Willie Sutton was asked why he robbed banks, and he fam… Read full post »

APRIL 25, 2009 6:03PM

I Was Water-Boarded

drowning

Years ago, I was water-boarded of my own free will. Well, maybe not of my own free will and maybe not the kind of water-boarding we’re being shown on TV or on videos being passed around the Internet and even on a blog or two here.

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APRIL 22, 2009 6:21PM

Let Sleepin’ Dogs Lie

cheney-dog

They say “let sleepin’ dogs lie”. That’s usually purty good advice, but one old toothless critter ain't co-operatin' -- as usual. Cain't nobody get him to just wander off and go to sleepin', but he sure does like to lie.

He weren't nothin'… Read full post »

APRIL 20, 2009 4:01PM

Swimming with a Black Swan

In The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable, Nassim Taleb offers insights into the formerly dismal but now desperate science called economics. Taleb provides ten principles which I’ve posted here, along with my comments on them.

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APRIL 18, 2009 9:09PM

Torture: Principle and Practicality

tortureWe’re making real progress on the torture front; hardly anyone bothers with the canard that we didn’t torture – now apologists only argue it was necessary and justified. For these apologists, it’s not a question of principle, but of practicality.

Practical or not &… Read full post »

APRIL 17, 2009 9:27PM

A penny for your thoughts

stopped making cents
APRIL 16, 2009 6:21PM

Haiku for hungry lovers

I Coo

Doves mating in eaves
Who wants to be pigeon-holed?
Bird-nest soup tastes good

APRIL 15, 2009 6:05PM

Truth in Labeling

american conservativeI have a great deal of respect – and sympathy – for conservatives like Don Rich who brave liberal bastions such as Open Salon. Oh sure, some are just looking to bash “limp-wristed idealists” who have no idea about the real world and how much conservatives sacrifice t… Read full post »

APRIL 14, 2009 1:23PM

Would I Lie To You?

the nose knowsHumans can be thankful there’s no Pinocchio gene, else most of us would grow a nose like Cyrano de Bergerac, or worse, Thomas Wedders. Most of us can’t get through the day without telling a lie or two.

Some lies are innocent enough – sort of.… Read full post »

APRIL 12, 2009 10:05AM

Doubting Thomas

“Doubt isn’t the opposite of faith; it’s an element of faith.”  P. Tillich

Doubting ThomasFor the first time in a long time, I won’t be singing the Easter cantata with our church choir this Sunday. There are many reasons for this, none of them good. TheRead full post »

APRIL 10, 2009 6:52PM

Homeless isn't what it use to be

mood indigoThese days, not everyone fits the traditional stereotype of the homeless person. A lost job, lost health or a lost love can lead anyone to suddenly being without a place to live.

When that happens, a person quickly discovers  it wasn't just a house they lost in someRead full post »

APRIL 9, 2009 10:30PM

I Show Verbal Mine -Virtual Nudity

Okay, I tried to follow the instructions on Verbal's post about creating a Virtual Me, but something has gone terribly wrong!!!

omigod

 

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 On her latest post, Cindy Ross offers an interesting challenge: Compose a poem that includes ten words chosen at random from the dictionary. Here’s my ten:  Mylar, jet, impinge, guttersnipe, Gauguin, echo, digest, curbing, chrome, burgundy

Loss of Virginity
 
For Awhile
 
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APRIL 7, 2009 4:57PM

The Persistence of Memory

dali - the persistence of memory
Memory is an unruly beast – and sometimes it's a rude one, too. It rears its ugly head when we forget to remember to forget.

I remember a great deal I’d rather forget – slights and insults, roads not taken, lost loves, bosses from hell. Fortunately, time has a… Read full post »

APRIL 5, 2009 3:36PM

Songwriting with Seger

bob_segerBob Seger and I are both from Michigan. Though he grew up on one side of the state and I grew up on the other, we shared many of the same musical tastes and influences.

Coincidentally, I once played in a band with a young guy who was one… Read full post »

APRIL 2, 2009 3:45PM

A Pox Upon Our Houses

John (Fire) Lame DeerA  pox is upon our houses. Having despoiled every other aspect of our culture, the virulent virus that is jungle-ethic, free-market capitalism infected the last bastion of middle-class hopes and dreams, the one place where Americans could feel safe, and if they were lucky, accumulate a li… Read full post »

MARCH 30, 2009 8:06PM

My Love Affair with Javier Bardem

javier_bardemSome on Open Salon have accused me of being unromantic, and the many lamentations on love I’ve posted here might rightly be offered as proof of that accusation. Still, I consider myself a man of passion, if not unbridled lust, and I confess I am passionately enamored of actor Javier… Read full post »

MARCH 29, 2009 1:25PM

Reality Check

dreams

Night falls, and I am not long abed when the dreams return, dreams so vivid I do not know if I am awake or asleep. Time and place have no meaning in my dreams. Past, present and future intermingle with not a care for order, and I am… Read full post »

MARCH 27, 2009 5:25PM

They’re Gonna Put Me in the Movies

soulofhawkI've worked behind the scenes on several movies -- My Girl, Matinee, The Work and the Glory -- and I've watched thousands more, and I've come to the conclusion -- and I sure hope nobody thinks I’m being too egotistical when I say this -- that my face belongs… Read full post »

MARCH 26, 2009 1:04PM

Shall I Seduce Thee with a Sonnet?

the kiss

In a recent post, Irritated Mother suggested we pervert the bard. By that, my twisted mind assumed she meant, we should attempt to parody one of Shakespeare's sonnets. So I offered this confection, with apologies to Shakespeare and with the caution that present company was excepted:

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MARCH 25, 2009 5:01PM

Separated at Birth

Separated at Birth
MARCH 24, 2009 8:16PM

Ponzinomics Redux

One luxury none of us can afford is to remain ignorant about economics. Millions of Americans who never heard of a CDO are now all too painfully aware that exotic financial instrument has ruined their lives and compromised their children's future. 

With that in mind, I have written several posts… Read full post »

Enough. That’s what you said during your campaign. In the face of scurrilous charges, you were content to believe, as you said, that the American people were smart enough to see through those charges, that they had had enough of racism.

Well, Mr. President, we proved you… Read full post »

MARCH 22, 2009 1:36PM

Pardon My Punctuation

Death of the CommaCindy Ross has an interesting post on language in which, among other things, she laments the fact that punctuation is on life-support. Many people welcome that fact, believing that the purpose of punctuation is merely to promote employment of prim and proper pedantic English teachers.

But… Read full post »

MARCH 17, 2009 6:03PM

The Cowboy Way

Unmasking American Myths

The Lone RangerAppearances can be deceiving – just ask the Lone Ranger. Everyone assumes the man in the mask is a bad guy. Well, we all know what happens when you assume.

Judging by appearances can lead to all sorts of problems. For instance howRead full post »