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

SEPTEMBER 10, 2014 9:06PM

Redskins and Rice

Over and over and over and over, the media replays the brutal sequence of events in a casino elevator, events no one should have to witness. The mind recoils as Ray Rice slugs his fiance Jaynay Palmer and then roughly drags her unconscious body halfway out of the elevator.

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SEPTEMBER 8, 2014 3:18PM

Inside Straight

We've been told time and again that no one could have predicted the financial debacle that led to the Great Recession. Well, some people did – including a financial illiterate like me.

I was going through some of my old songs – trying to clean out the cobwebs from my… Read full post »

AUGUST 31, 2014 2:31PM

The Age of Never

Sad to say, for the first time in several years, I did not make my annual summer pilgrimage to the Holy Land – that is to say, to Michigan. There were many reasons (and a few excuses) why I chose not to make the trip.

First and foremost was that myRead full post »

MAY 11, 2014 3:16PM

Momma's Prayers

The road is hard, the road is long
And there are times I’m not that strong
When my whole world has gone all wrong
I know what keeps me going on

Momma’s prayers, momma’s tears
Momma’s hopes and momma’s fears
Momma’s dreams for her little man
And so I do the best I can

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MAY 7, 2014 1:30PM

The Grand Illusion

“When I was a child, I spake as a child ... I understood as a child ... I thought as a child.  But when I became a man, I put away childish things.” 1 Corinthians 13:11

You want to talk religion, well, let's have a dialogue
You speak of wars in Heaven/
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APRIL 29, 2014 5:32PM

Song of Micah

As I mentioned previously, this is the time of year when I begin preparing for my annual pilgrimage to Michigan come August. One of the concerts I'm working on has the working title: Through A Glass Darkly. This particular song was adapted from the Old Testament Book of Micah: 

Song ofRead full post »

APRIL 10, 2014 1:40PM

Testament

For some time, I have tried to convince my sister to post here. Alas, now that Open Salon isn't so open, it's too late for her to share her talents, so it is left to me to do so.

Testament

Hard-ass old book
Softer gentler new book
Each blind-sighted
And dangerous in its
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The title is a quotation from Lin Chi, a Buddhist master. I began with that quote not as an incitement to murder, but as a caution, lest anyone mistake my observations and opinions as a sign I believe I have any special insight about religion, including my own. I don't.Read full post »

MARCH 21, 2014 11:10PM

Dogs of War

In his recent post, Help Me Make It Through the Night, Stacey Youdin quoted from a column by Charles Pierce, a takedown of village idiot Bill Kristol. Pierce did not mince words, and what he said bears repeating at length:

"Blow me, you monstrous, bloodthirsty fraud, you silly, stupid chickenhawk motRead full post »

MARCH 18, 2014 12:10PM

My First YouTube Video

I've posted my first YouTube video of one of my songs. I might have gone with one of my best songs for my first; but I chose what's more or less a jingle because it was topical. And lord knows politics is no place for art. 

God willing, True Blue Texan willRead full post »

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. 

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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

michelebachmannfishmouth

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

Ratfucking

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

1491

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 »