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 ______________________________


MARCH 14, 2014 7:17PM

Spitting Image

"History doesn't repeat itself; it rhymes.” Mark Twain

McCarthy Cruz

Talk about spitting image – these men could be twins – or at the very least, father and son. The ungodly resemblance is unsettling; it's almost enough to make one believe in reincarnation. 

They share the sameRead full post »

MARCH 12, 2014 12:21PM

Open Call: Rumor Mill

"Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.” Mark Twain

Rumors of the imminent demise of Open Salon are rampant, including in a comedic take by my friend Con Chapman. Let's hope those rumors are, like Twain's reported death, greatly exaggerated.

But if not, rather than let this place sRead full post »

MARCH 5, 2014 7:23PM

Mother Sharia


I almost pity poor Michelle Bachmann – even when she vainly attempts to be reasonable, she comes off as either ignorant or willfully blind or both. Witness her latest wing-nuttery exposed during an interview with Wolf Blitzer on CNN:

"Just like we need to observe tolerance for the gay aRead full post »

MARCH 2, 2014 9:42AM

To Whom It May Concern

I try to walk the right way … try not to be unkind
But it's hard to know where to draw the line
I try to be forgiving, but it's all that I can do
To swallow what I'm feeling and keep from hating you
It's hard … oh,
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FEBRUARY 21, 2014 1:32PM

Generation Apps

I'm the very last (1944) of the so-called Greatest Generation – a title most of that generation was a bit embarrassed to have bestowed upon them, especially by one of their own – Tom Brokaw. I confess, though, by most measures, I have much more in common with the subsequent generation,… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 12, 2014 2:40PM

Retro Becomes Wingnut


Since I'm frequently accused of being a humorless, politically-obsessed, Liberal dreamer, I thought I'd try to make a political point with humor. But since I'm told I have a sick sense of humor (I prefer to think of it as a sixth sense of humor), I decided it might be… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 1, 2014 1:04PM

Weather of the Absurd

Okay, let's get this out of the way first – I'm a wimp. Forty years ago, I left Michigan and moved to Florida. In the words of the late great 20th Century philosopher-poet Stevie Ray Vaughan – couldn't stand the weather.

But those who imagine Florida as a land of endless… Read full post »

JANUARY 15, 2014 6:36PM

Wait Before You Write

To the old adage "look before you leap", you can add "wait before you write". That applies whether it's an angry email you're about to compose  or a tell-all book you're about to write about your days as Secretary of Defense.

History – or at least good history – requiresRead full post »

JANUARY 9, 2014 6:24PM


Amazing how history repeats itself. In 1972, Richard Nixon, was an absolute lock to win re-election. Indeed, he eventually defeated George McGovern in a landslide – the Electoral count was a phenomenal 520-17. But despite having an absolute lock, Nixon's paranoia and vindictive nature led him tRead full post »

DECEMBER 18, 2013 5:33PM

Random Thoughts on the Holidays

We should not be celebrating the birth of Jesus on December 25th , since it is highly unlikely he was born on that day. Instead, we should be celebrating the rebirth of the sun – just as the ancients did.  

Thanks to science and astronomy, we don't pay the WinterRead full post »

NOVEMBER 22, 2013 1:04PM

Where were you ...

For Americans of a certain age, there’s no need to complete the rest of that question, and that’s especially so on this day. Me? I was nineteen, working shakeout in the foundry at Sealed Power Corporation in Muskegon Heights, Michigan.

After we got the news that the President was dead,Read full post »

NOVEMBER 6, 2013 3:25PM

In Search of Excess

"When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men in a society, over the course of time they create for themselves a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it." Frederic Bastiat

In my previous post Graduated Income Tax – Medicare forRead full post »

NOVEMBER 1, 2013 2:19PM

Graduated Income Tax - Medicare for All

Most of us dread talking about numbers, but it’s time we got serious about simplifying our tax system and make it more equitable. It’s also long past time to provide Medicare for all – and join the rest of the civilized, industrialized world.

Herewith, a proposal for a simplified, gRead full post »

OCTOBER 1, 2013 7:07PM

The Inverse Domino Theory

“Of all the enemies to public liberty, war is perhaps the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes … known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few.… NoRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 19, 2013 11:50AM


Like the proverbial bad penny – or herpes, I have returned. For those desperately desiring an explanation for my extended absence, it was prompted by my annual pilgrimage to Michigan. While there, I perform concerts I call History in Song – a synopsis of historical events accompanied by sRead full post »

JULY 28, 2013 4:05PM

Open Mic - Insert Foot

Friday night, I made my usual appearance at an Open Mic at the local watering hole here in beautiful downtown Beeffee, Tennessee. It’s always great fun to get together with friends, drink a few beers and play some tunes. It’s also sometimes an education. Friday night was such a night.
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JULY 16, 2013 3:45PM


That our justice system failed Trayvon Martin is a tragedy, but it is hardly news; our justice system fails poor people and people of color every day. If such inequality is so commonplace, it behooves us to ask why.

I say it is a consequence of what I call theRead full post »

JULY 14, 2013 3:37PM


No, that’s not a typo in the title of this post. I was listening to some of the media commentary last night regarding the suspect verdict in the Zimmerman trial, and a newsperson misspoke “not guilty” as “non-guilty".

That got me thinking, maybe there’s a place in ourRead full post »

JULY 6, 2013 8:25PM

Republican Rebranding

Having suffered an embarassing number of electoral setbacks in recent federal elections because of it's anti-minority, anti-woman, anti-gay, anti-abortion, anti-education, anti-immigration, anti-union, anti-regulation, anti-alternate energy, anti-welfare, anti-healthcare, anti-social security and antRead full post »

The incessant whining of the Lofty Left does little to promote their cause. They come off like spoiled children who’ve had their favorite toy taken away. They could take a lesson from the kids in the Ally Bank ads. To wit:

Spokesman: Which is better less bad orRead full post »

JUNE 18, 2013 1:52PM

I Am A Racist

I am a racist; indeed, in a sense, we are all racists. That is made manifest by the fact that we make racial distinctions. Ergo, we are all racists.

Way back in the Sixties, I was taught that biologically-speaking there were only three races -- Caucasoid, Mongoloid and Negroid (in alphabetical
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JUNE 4, 2013 11:07AM

The Jury Ought to be Hung

Halfway through the trial, the jury retired to deliberate. That seems to be the case with the “jurors” on the Rabid Right and Loony Left, who want to pronounce sentence on Obama and hang him halfway through his presidency.

While in this case that judgment is surely premature, it isRead full post »

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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 »

MAY 10, 2013 10:01AM

Kind of Blue

My last post paid tribute to Take Five, the unlikely hit song from the seminal jazz album Time Out by the Dave Brubeck Quartet. With this post, I’d like to pay tribute to Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue, another seminal jazz album that coincidentally came out the same year – 1959.Read 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 »