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 ______________________________


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 »

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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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