Tom Cordle

Tom Cordle
Beeffee, Tennessee, CSA
June 16
"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


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 »

APRIL 28, 2013 1:01PM

High Eight Us

Call me Bad Penny – I have returned, though I fear I have been inconspicuous by my absence. Here’s a brief explanation in answer to the unasked question “where the hell have you been?”

My hiatus was prompted by several factors, first and foremost the utter impossibility of nRead full post »

NOVEMBER 20, 2012 2:16PM

Second Inaugural Redux

Imagine if President Obama were to deliver these words during his Second Inaugural Address:

On the occasion corresponding to this four years ago, all thoughts were anxiously directed to an impending civil war … While the inaugural address was being delivered from this place, devoted aRead 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 »

NOVEMBER 5, 2012 4:36PM

This Land is Our Land

This is the land of the lovers
The lovers of red, white and blue
But the truth hides between the covers
And this isn't the land I once knew

This is the land of the liars
Whose ends justify any means
And the ends to which they aspire
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OCTOBER 30, 2012 4:53PM

Cinderjilla - A Cautionary Tale

Once upon a time in a faraway land called Politica, there lived a lovely maid named Cinderjilla. She was fair and pleasant to look upon, sweet and kind and, it was said, was of a disposition most positive and progressive.

But, alas, Cinderjilla had been reduced to little more thanRead 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 »

OCTOBER 11, 2012 4:19PM


I have repeatedly leveled the charge that Mitt Romney is a sociopath. That’s a serious charge, and I do not make it lightly. One symptom of sociopathy is pathological lying. Another symptom is shamelessness and Mitt Romney is a shameless liar.

Romney lies incessantly and repeatedly witRead full post »

OCTOBER 4, 2012 1:19AM


I watched tonight's Presidential debate in its entirety. For that I deserve a new car -- or at least a cookie. The clear loser? Jim Lehrer. The clear winner? That’s debatable.

The pundit class compared it to Bush/Kerry I; but in many ways, it put me in mind ofRead full post »

OCTOBER 2, 2012 3:35PM

A Long Hard Ride

“I’m not saying Indians never lied – they just never figured out a way to make a living at it.” Soulofhawk

Emd of the TrailMy recent post History in Song drew some interesting comments. One commenter tried to twist the Indian Holocaust into an excuse to not pay taxes. Libertarian,Read 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 »

AUGUST 2, 2012 11:17AM

I'm Gone

Hi All

In case you're wondering, I'm off to Michigan for my annual concert at the Dogwood Center. Here's a link:

 If any of you are in the area, I'd love to meet up.

Walk in a good way,


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JULY 12, 2012 1:21PM

The One-Percent Solution


“History doesn’t repeat itself, it rhymes.” Mark Twain

How is it possible that after all we've been through in the last decade – 9-11 ... two far-flung, dubious, costly wars ... overt and abject cronyism ...  offshoring jobs, income and profits ... the decimatioRead 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 »

JUNE 25, 2012 12:51PM

The Poverty of Pyrrhicism


Beware of gloryPyrrhicism – yes, I coined another word, but its time has certainly come, what with all the threats on the Chicken-Little Left to vote third-party or not vote at all come November. And to compound their perfidy, they dare to boast that makes them morally superior.Read full post »