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Brian Patrick Cork is living the Authentic Life

God and fear and darwin and light and discernment, and a lens


I’ll leverage my recent post: it’s the rule if not the Law as my inspired preamble for this particular post. And, of course a historical archive of prior thoughts with which you are likely familiar (if not particularly fond of), as well.

To wit…

I’m confident God inspired Darwin, and discernment – in one formed result, or another, proves their collaborative point.

Our recognition of God was born of an ultimate fear – and, realized, always, in our DNA. The application of using fear as a tool for survival is a further demonstration of Darwin’s views – depending on the quaility of light and the requisite lens.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork


it's the rule if not the Law


I was, admittedly, stumped by a potential business partner over the weekend.

But, now I have a better plan.

Core beliefs and character are best when tested.

God has a great way of rewarding truth and light.

So does the laws of Natural Selection.

There are, after all, rules that don’t necessarily need to be laws.

Today, it just so happens that I’m listening to: No Excuses by Alice In Chains.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork


rules for the weak and powerful


Rules and laws have their place in society, and might have some measure of value.

They certainly protect the weak. Or, maybe it’s a matter of enforcing the will of the elite or powerful.

That polarizing way of thinking has sinister and unfortunate implications either way you look at it.

Or, you can take a light hearted view around the dogmatic elements of rules as George Carlin often has.

Good and dear friend Keith Sciulli reminded me of this bit by George and his canny take on those Ten Commandments:


“Some parents deserve respect – most of them don’t.”

“Religion has never really had a big problem with murder.”


I recognize this is going to rile some folks – certainly many whom I both greatly value and even might admire. Nonetheless, I miss George for his insight, perspective and spin. And, I would not be a representing Heterodox (or, a right and proper Jeffersonian thinker, for that matter) if I did not stir the pot given any opportunity.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork


The system really works!


So… Ben Bernanke cut interest rates on Tuesday.

This will change everything!

Not only will this move bail out investors and eliminate risk for future dumb decisions, but a half-point cut can save the average poor homeowner about $1,000 per month on their $4 million mortgage. But, let’s be fair… $1,000 a month is a lot to a poor person (don’t get me started on flat-tax). They can put that money into their diversified portfolios, or add equity to their vacation homes.

Whew… Sub-prime mortgage crisis, solved.

In related news, Senator Chuck Schumer proposed giving more discretion and power to Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae because it’s been at least nine months since either of them had a major accounting scandal.

Wouldn’t Thomas Jefferson be proud…

Larry Fidler, the judge in the murder trial of Phil Spector on Wednesday abandoned the idea of presenting the deadlocked jury with a reduced charge of manslaughter against the music producer. Spector faces 15 years to life in prison if convicted of murdering actress Lana Clarkson (he allegedly shot her in the mouth /1) at his Los Angeles area home in February 2003. In a day of complex legal maneuvering, both the judge and jury struggled to find a way to advance the case — which was stalled after seven days of deliberations, and a five-month trial. The jury reported on Tuesday that it was split 7 to 5 over a murder verdict. It did not indicate which way it was leaning. The jury had expressly been told to acquit or convict Spector of murder. Fidler denied a second defense motion to declare a mistrial and sent the jury home without new instructions on how to proceed, and then ominously stated that he planned to withdraw a crucial instruction.

Sure enough, Fidler recalled the jury on Thursday and withdraw the time honored instruction that had said prosecutors must prove beyond a reasonable doubt /2 that Spector intentionally pointed a gun at Clarkson; and, the gun ended up inside her mouth while in Spector’s hand.

NOTE: Spector is still revered in music circles for his work in the 1960s and 1970s with The Beatles, The Ronettes, Tina Turner and Cher.

To me it is pretty straightforward… As soon as the jury sorts out that Judge Fidler is looking for a guilty verdict, and they comply, they can go home. On the other hand… Perhaps this is Judge Fidler’s way of getting back at Spector for bringing us Cher.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

1/ Interestingly… Prosecutors acknowledge that the gun went off by accident while it was in Spector’s hand.

/2 This means yes or no. Beyond a reasonable doubt. Go to prison or go home. By the way, its “reasonable” doubt”, not “shadow of a doubt” like on television.


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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