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God and Judgment and Stuff

August14

I don’t know if God is angry or capricious.

we’ve certainly heard him described as such.

George Landolt, John Stein or Johnny Walker would likely suggest I research the Bible to investigate such a thing. but, reading the Bible is hard. it’s difficult.

I admit it.

but, it’s not that I’m looking for an easy answer; as if I’m seeking instant gratification. the answer to this question could very well take a lifetime to sort-out. and, we may not have that answer until we face Him, fair-and-square.

all that said, God allows really terrible things to happen. John would tell me its all about testing us. that whole “trial in the desert”, thing. but, God seems to let mean people that are willing to take advantage of others prevail quite often.

so, is that the discernment I’ve been going on about on this Blog? some of us have a special gene that allows us to open-up that veritable can of “whup-ass”.

some people are just hurting, and they need to or want to hurt others. and, God appears to stand blithely by. now I’m wondering how judgement works.

speaking of that, all of this, really, I’ll discuss John (a different John, yes) and Sherri, here.

they are in the midst of an ugly divorce. and, of course, the kids are being used as a weapon of mass destruction. all of a sudden, after seven years and two evidently happy kids, John is evil and dangerous. he’s suddenly irresponsible and Sherri has moved a court to only allow him to see his kids under tightly managed supervision.

a date a few weeks back promised to be a milestone as John had been pushing are for a hearing in front of some judge to discuss all of it. by the way… the hearing had been scheduled for months. but, Sherri and her parents decide to take off on a holiday trip with the kids. suddenly the hearing is an inconvenience because sherri will have to interrupt her vacation and fly up for the hearing if it goes through. thusly, her lawyers turn up the heat.

so… here’s an excerpt from a text dialogue John and I had earlier this evening before I took-off for Lacrosse practice.

John: Big win for Sherri today. Looks like I may not get my hearing next week… I will just keep my head up and keep plowing…

Me: How did that happen?

John: Lawyers schedules and judges schedules it seems… It can still happen but there are only two days next week – Wednesday or Friday that may work. Nothing I caqn do about it.

Me: I concur. Too bad a father that wants his children can’t be the priority.

John: Part of dealing with evil. I will get to learn another lesson in life and keep my head high!

Me: Sometimes ignorance and maybe pain is disguised as evil.

John: So sherri is not evil she is just ignorant and full of pain that is why she is keeping [child’s name]  and [child’s name] from their father?

Me: Time will tell. But, you already know her wight and associated issues weigh (sic) her down with angst.

John: Yep so I have to pray for her every day like I always have that she can find a way to deal with it and make herself happy.

Me: Just ask God to heal. Don’t worry about details. Praying with sincerity is hard enough.

John: I will.

interestingly, as I googled “scales of Justice” looking for an image of, well, scales of justice, the following book on Amazon.com ranked high on the first page, Tipping the Scales of Justice: Fighting Weight Based Discrimination [paperback].

What rights, if any, do fat people have? If a child is obese, are the parents legally responsible? Can employers treat overweight employees as different, or disabled? Should fat people be protected by disability laws? Cases of illegal hiring practices, workplace prejudice, harassment, unfair treatment, medical malpractice, and denial of public access are being filed in increasing numbers as the nation continues to obsess over, and misunderstand, weight. 

misunderstood weight?

…more later.

but, meanwhile… for Gods sake. what about the kids? that book is going to cite somewhere that the children of Mothers that eat their sorrow until it crushes everyone around them end up like their Moms. and, when a daughter is denied her earthly Father, all hell breaks loose.

here’s a mental image. that judge should have an obese woman sit on him until he can’t breathe, or until he expedites a hearing, research and a decision that reunite a family under reasonable expectations.

what would God have us see in this opportunity to be crushed by the sheer inaneness of it all?

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

banks, lacrosse, and beers

September2

so…

I’ve been on a covert mission, that won’t be so secret later today.

the Feds are going after Bank of America, and that is for good cause.

with that effort more behind me, and less before me, I’ll be on the boat most of the weekend other than Lacrosse practice Sunday.

more about that later. but, I am having a blast with my Young Lions Pride.

meanwhile, I’ll trust all of you to have a great Labor Day weekend. Although we must rue the end of seersucker for the year, I’ll leave you with this low-technology visual tip (great opportunity realizes itself in the oddest forms).

we have a lot to celebrate. do it!

Model Especial for me.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

it's Revolution at Hopewell Middle School – Part I

March17

Readers of this Blog; and, you are legion, know I’ll not shy away from a good cause. Reasonable examples of this include: Berkeley’s Contribution To Terrorism and Texting and Driving to Death. My heart is on my sleeve daily, and what’s on my mind is, more often than not, in these posts.

Education, my daughters, and adventure are always likely topics.

Nonetheless… Who would have thought; although I should have known…

…my own daughter is a revolutionary.

The winds of change are blowing stiffly through the halls of Hopewell Middle School.

We Home Schooled Haley Anne for almost three years. And, in that period of time, many of my own Jeffersonian ideals clearly rubbed-off on her. Fairness, representation, truth and light to name just a few standards, if you will.

Haley Anne and her sister Emma Jo “mainstreamed” themselves this year. By any definition, they are well-adjusted and poised young ladies. Willfulness is part of all that. But, that’s okay by me because they are full of ideals, and the vigor to realize them.

And, now Haley is clearly influencing her friends.

So… For me, this story begins, possibly in the middle of significant events that began with Joanne calling and letting me know that the schools Principal had Haley Anne’s cellular telephone and was requesting a meeting as quickly as possible.

“Haley’s not home yet. I don’t have any details”, I was grimly informed.

But, soon we learned…

(well, we already knew that) Haley Anne’s (then) Home Room teacher looks to be in her late thirties. However, by way too many accounts, she acts like another thirteen year old. She ignores most of the kids while she sits in front of her classroom computer, with a favored student, and shops Holister online (just so we are clear, I’d rather our kids not be exposed to that for now). The other students are lucky if she gives them enough attention in the form of grading other classes home work for her.

Haley Anne took the position that any amount of time spent in this teachers classroom was wasted. “She doesn’t teach us anything”. And, she was offended by the teachers unprofessional actions that included using words like “deusche” to describe other teachers, and “gay” relative to unfortunate students that raised her ire. She would go so far as to belittle students for not wearing trendy clothes.

Haley Anne had been signaling Joanne and myself that she was not happy with the teacher. And, unfortunately we failed to take her seriously. Even when Haley Anne reminded me that I would not allow her to shop at Holister because of the poor image it portrayed young men and women, and this teacher was shopping on that very site in front of the class, and making remarks out loud.

So, Haley Anne took matters into her own hands. She discreetly (and, the cow teacher would not have noticed anyway) began taking video footage with her cellular telephone. She approached the schools principal with this evidence, but was ignored. So, she instinctively began talking about the problem, openly in the halls of Hopewell (oh, the irony of that institution’s name!). At some point, and during a particularly heated berating of another student, the teacher realized she was being filmed (by Haley Anne and another student). She demanded that Haley Anne turn over the cellular device.

Naturally, being a Cork, Haley Anne stood her ground (she’s also a formidable Defender on her soccer team, and thus, accustomed to stopping foes cold in their tracks). As reflected by many a coward the teacher had little stomach for the righteous. And, I can, with a smile, picture in my minds-eye, Haley Ann’e beautiful brown eyes arched in cold and indignant fury.

Thomas Jefferson would be proud, of this I’m certain, reader.

We did meet with the school’s principal and the woman they call a teacher (with a straight face, no less). All she could muster was an pouty, self-indulgent, and indignant claim that (her own) “…feelings had been hurt”. She did deny that she shopped Holister. That was until I advised her a simple technology and forensics audit could put the question to rest. At that point she sat back in her chair and chose to go quiet while the Principal promised to see what accommodations could be made for Haley Anne.

The teacher in question is now openly hostile and Haley Anne is being censured. For example, she was pulled from a transitional class (homework) where she was surrounded by friends with whom she could go to lunch and dropped in the midst of a group of bullies who openly threatened her. She stood her ground, certainly. But, more on that later.

There is now more to this unfortunate story. And, it will be reported, here. Of that you can rest assured. Please don’t forget to hold me accountable for truth and light in this matter. This is about me being both a father and a Prudent and Optimistic Gentleman.

NOTE:  Regarding scienter… The Principal, as the authority, now understands there is an issue in his ranks. He has no choice but to resolve it, or be damned by it.

I’ll be sending that Principal a copy of Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead – and, you know there will be a quiz, in one form or another.

Peace be to my Brothers and sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

waxing philosophical on Life and lessons

March14

Mr Miyagi taught Daniel-san that fighting is for wimps.

However, Miyagi also taught Daniel-san that when bullies bring the fight to you, fight back as publicly and honorably as possible. Sometimes, bullies need to be taught a lesson. When you’re trying to lead, but others shout you down, the time for political correctness or playing it safe is over. In situations of coercion, your power as a leader (business leader, thought leader, etc) is never more necessary.

Read into this what you will. Perhaps what you must. But, I know it’s striking a cord – like a tap on an exposed nerve. Now. Don’t deny it. Don’t you dare! You’re already thinking of an example of a time you should have made a stand.

Me? It’s Colorado.

That damn Kobayashi Maru. And, the mirror; always a mirror, eh.

Have faith in your integrity, I say. Do it!

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

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