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some dream some Do

January20

This particular story was written by a distant cousin of mine, and is about my Great Uncle Bob (from the other side of the interesting Cork Clan).

Dr. King’s Dream

by lcork

Mon Jan 18, 2010 at 11:08:03 AM PST

“I’m not sure what I can say about this picture that it doesn’t say better for itself…

It’s not the best picture I’ve ever taken, but it’s one of my favorites.  The guy on the right is my father-in-law.  The guy on the left, I’ve forgotten his name, I’m sorry to say.  They were having a fine time swapping stories on that lovely November day.  In the 20 or so minutes that had elapsed since my “Papa Cork” had wandered out of the museum, leaving the rest of the family to browse the gift shop, a new friendship had been born.

They had already exchanged names, talked about their families, and discovered that they both had grown up in Indiana.  With that bond established, they moved on to Indiana basketball, both the games they remembered from their high-school days and the current state of Indiana ball.  The subject of boxing, or maybe wrestling had been covered, and by the time we met back up with Papa Cork and his new best friend, they were onto fishing, and quite possibly kayaking, which is one of my father-in-law’s particular passions.  They were both having a grand old time, as you can see.

The other gentleman’s family came out of the museum about the same time we did, and we all chatted for a little while and then we went our separate ways.  It was just a perfectly normal family outing, almost forgettable in its normalcy, to be honest.

I can’t help thinking that this is partly what Dr. King had in mind when he talked about how one day we would judge one another by the content of our character rather than the color of our skin; and that these two old guys in their funny hats, hanging out and swapping stories as they waited for their families is something that would make him smile.

I’m not the world’s greatest photographer, and I certainly didn’t plan the picture to be anything more than my father-in-law and his new friend, but the museum we happened to be visiting that day was part of the Martin Luther King Jr., National Historic Site, and in the background you can see the tomb of Dr. King.

I do realize that we have a long way to go in terms of race relations in this country, but this photo speaks to me of how far we have come in my lifetime.”

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

american Trends – We Make Our Stand Here (for now)

April3

President Barack Obama is thumping his chest today because the House and Senate passed one of his Bills.

The House and Senate are thumping their collective chests because they are taking bailout money back from the distressed companies they lent it to. Never mind that they approved the loans (and, how it was deployed).

Wall-Street is thumping it’s chest because it thinks (or, perhaps it has decided) the recession is close to bottoming-out.

Corporate America, in general, is thumping it’s chest because recent layoff’s have inspired analysts to value certain stocks back up – which brings us back to Wall Street.

However, I will stop (the chest thumping part) it there because it’s always going to be about Wall Street. It’s where our fortunes are made and lost, and where we put our hopes and gauge the country’s health (sooo much more on that before, and later).

The last few months, our morally bereft reprehensible ill conceived (dammit) irrational irresponsible media has driven down the American people’s collective moral with insidious stories based on poorly researched and one-sided viewpoints. Remember when “Kramer” (not his real name, we need to be careful about these things [but, it’s actually Cramer]) was trashing Apple on Mortgage news? And people fell for it? Then he probably bought it (or, his cousin Vinny bought it), and without any real rationale, began to tout it again.

Example:

“You can’t create yourself an impression that a stock is down, but you do it anyway because the SEC doesn’t understand it … Apple’s very important to spread the rumor that both Verizon and AT&T have decided they don’t like the phone … You also want to spread the rumor that it’s not going to be ready for Macworld. And this is very easy because the people who write about Apple want that story, and you can claim that it’s credible because you spoke to someone at Apple, ’cause Apple doesn’t … they’re not going to comment … So it’s really an ideal short. And again if I were short Apple, I’d pick up the phone and I’d do that today.

[…]

However… Apple has snuck crept lunged back up to $115 today.

APPLE INC (AAPL)
Last:  115.29
Change:  +2.58 (2.29%)

So…

Americans don’t tolerate lack of progress for long.

Remember in the months to come, that I put it precisely that way. In fact, mark your calendars and come back and review this post in about three months. And, then watch what I discuss in the next few months.

Hopefully that white van does not catch up with me (remember I said that too – for Joanne and the sake of insurance money).

We have stopped paying attention to the media (for now) and have become focused, once again, on the kool-aid.

This is a good thing, and a bad thing. I suppose we make out stand here.

There is going to be a bump or two so Wall Street can rape and pillage a few straggling citizens (apparently with the help of select Congressmen and Senators [oh, and apparently Cramer]). But, we are probably back on the road to world domination – and, just in time for summer holiday and sales at the mall.

My apologies to the Wall Street Journal (in advance) for stealing their thunder. They can fight me behind the public library if they are upset.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

open minds

March31

Last night I posted: Holy Crap!

I was going to call this post “Holy Crap! revisited”. However, I changed my mind once I realized the point I really want to make.

Nontheless, and to be clear, this effort is an update to Holy Crap!.

I am certainly no atheist. But, my point of that post was to “take the mickey” out of John C. I thought my play on words was witty. I am not so sure today. I had an odd vibe about the entire matter. So… I went back to Florien’s Unreasonable Faith to further explore A Believer’s Farewell. I found myself working through the comments. It really is interesting (to me any way) how fond readers, on both sides of the fence, are of John C. He is silly, and a bit of a cantankerous rascal. But, he comes across as a blithe spirit as well. No real rancor at all. He is simply a man of great faith. It is fair to say, oddly Refreshing.

Yet another reminder to keep my mind open, and relish both sides.

Some force is clearly at work on me. I also found myself on Nick Milne’s The Daily Kraken reading Experimenting. There has been a lively exchange within the comments. Go check it out. You won’t regret it. Nick apparently does not like Hip Hop or Rap music (well, not yet anyway). But, he is apparently willing to journey forth – experiment, and, investigate those, and related, forms of music, albeit it in foreign languages, so not to leave any stone unturned.

Good man.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

What’s All This About?

"What am I looking at?", you might wonder.

Lots of stuff.

Meanwhile, here, I discuss events, people and things in our world - and, my (hardly simplistic, albeit inarticulate) views around them.

You'll also learn things about, well, things, like people you need to know about, and information about companies you can't find anywhere else.

So, while I harangue the public in my not so gentle way, you will discover that I am fascinated by all things arcane, curious about those whom appear religious, love music, dabble in politics, loathe the media, value education, still think I am an athlete, and might offer a recipe.

All the while, striving mightily, and daily, to remain a prudent and optimistic gentleman - and, authentic.

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