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


Editor’s Pick
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 »

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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.

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The shit has finally hit the spam, and never let it be said I missed out on a good food fight.  Old-timers here on Open Salon may remember when management foolishly decided to introduce advertising to this site. At the time, I protested and issued a direRead full post »

JUNE 7, 2012 12:10PM



Hello Dear,

Kindly permit me to write you my ordeal and such seek your assiststance. I am Mrs. Angelina Nya from Ukraine but presently in the hospital for my operation. I married to late Mr. Dickson Nya Desmond, who was the ambassador of Ukraine in Ivory Coast.

We… Read full post »

JUNE 5, 2012 10:17AM

I'm Moving to Canada

Congratulations are in order – all my trials, lord, soon be over! Today I received a fabulous job offer, and it appears at some point it will require me to move to Canada:

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MAY 30, 2012 1:42PM

A Cowboy Buryin’


"I know from experience how much beauty Satan carried with him when he fell. Nobody ever said fallen angels were the ugly ones."

Graham Greene, The Power and the Glory

My family is filled with an all-but-endless cast of fascinating characters. Most of theRead full post »

MAY 25, 2012 4:06PM

Pirate Call

In response to Green Heron's open call, I give you Captain Blackheart:

Captain Blackheart

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MAY 16, 2012 2:59PM

wasin icu*

*Lakota “takes the fat”

SoulofhawkForgive me while I vent my spleen
But I can’t bear what I have seen
The hunter gone for harvest scene
Now there is nothing left to glean

Men who worshipped gold and green
Looted lands once so pristine
With fisted-glove and twisted mien
They took the fat an
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MAY 8, 2012 12:10PM

It's Enough to Make Me $cream

Romney Scream Tee

In my previous post, Ann of a Thou$and Tees, I took Ann Romney to task for the hideous $1000 tee shirt she wore on the Today Show. Then some commenters took me to task for wasting space on something so trivial. 

Sorry folks, but where I come from, $1000Read full post »

MAY 4, 2012 1:21PM

Ann of a Thou$and Tees


“I am a man of parts, though I disjoint a cripple.” Anonymous

Ann-Romney1The soiled and spoiled rich have a saying: “If you got it flaunt it.” Ann Romney apparently subscribes to that notion. She recently appeared on the Today Show wearing what has come to beRead full post »

APRIL 27, 2012 1:37PM



You idealize
And you idolize
So you get hypnotized
By some too-perfect guy’s
Smile and dark eyes
He's like honey to flies
He seems so wise
Surely, you surmise

He will devise

Some bold enterprise
And shortly give rise
To a long-promised prize

You are surprised
When you realize
It was all a disguis
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APRIL 20, 2012 3:28PM

Cyberbully Pulpit

For the second time in the three years or so I’ve been contributing and commenting here, someone has accused me of being a bully. The last time that happened, my accuser also accused me of being a wife-beater, the only evidence for that charge being that I had to be since
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MARCH 14, 2012 11:44AM

Memo to the Pope


Subject: Contraception, etc
From: The Founders
To: Pope Benedict XVI
CC: Pat Robertson
       Tony Perkins
       James Dobson
       Donald Wildmon
       Ralph Reed

No representaRead full post »

MARCH 11, 2012 1:23PM

The Bogeyman

When I was a boy, I was fond of comics. Superheroes, of course, but I had a taste for edgier fare, too. But there was nothing comic about some of those tales.

One such comic had a story about a couple killed in a car crash, who left behindRead full post »

FEBRUARY 27, 2012 2:25PM

Governor of Vagina

governor of vaginaBob McDonnell isn’t content to be Governor of Virginia – it’s obvious he has designs on the White House. It appears he has defecated on those ambitions, though, during his brief stint as Governor of Vagina.

Like other paternalists, McDonnell presumes to know what’s bRead full post »

FEBRUARY 17, 2012 7:06PM

Tom Sings Live on the Radio


At the insistence of several people here on OS who want to hear what me and my music sounds like, please be advised that the live radio show I did last night will be broadcast on streaming Internet radio this Saturday morning at 11:05 EST. If you can't make that… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 16, 2012 10:23AM

Makin’ Music with My Friends

Willie and MeMusic been beery beery good to me – at least when I wasn’t using it as an excuse to be beery, beery, bad to myself. Music brought me some pretty high highs – no, not that kind; I’m talking about opening for Willie, headlining a few concerts, and above allRead full post »

FEBRUARY 12, 2012 5:54PM

The New Victorians

“A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of small minds.” Emerson

Prohibition PosterI am immersed in writing another of my concerts/shows in a series I call History in Song. This time the subject is The Life and Hard Time of the Blues. So far I’ve followed the blues from itsRead full post »

FEBRUARY 8, 2012 1:21PM

Turdblossom Steps In It


1. In Texas vernacular, a desert wild flower that grows out of a meadow muffin.

2. One of G.W. Bush's nicknames for Karl Rove

(source: Urban Dictionary)

One of the few things George W Bush got right was calling Karl Rove Turdblossom. Looks like thisRead full post »

FEBRUARY 2, 2012 11:46AM

Bang a Gong

“Television is a vast wasteland.” Former FCC Chairman Newton Minow

The Gong ShowA commenter on my previous post compared the Republican debates to The Gong Show. That was an apt comparison; several ditzy contestants – Cain, Bachmann, Perry – limped through goofy, wingnut song andRead full post »

Editor’s Pick
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 »

JANUARY 16, 2012 4:35PM

The Neo-Econs

Neo-Econ Kool-AidWhat has become of the Conservatives of my youth? The Eisenhowers? The Nelson Rockefellers? The Bill Buckleys? Eisenhower cautioned about the danger of the military-industrial complex. Bill Buckley waxed eloquent on almost any subject; today’s Conservatives idea of eloquent is &ldquRead 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 »

DECEMBER 27, 2011 2:40PM

Virtual Prisoner

If anyone is wondering where I am, so I am. I am writing this from an undisclosed remote location. I haven't been able to sign on to OS from my home computer, and my emails to the tech dept go unanswered. Given that page reloads were taking fifteen minutes or longer,… Read full post »