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Brian Patrick Cork is living the Authentic Life

brian’s BEANS puzzle


A brian’s BEANS puzzle

Take a good look at the picture below. It’s a puzzle, to be sure, for many.

I’m fully aware you may have heard tell of this exercise. And, yes, it’s part of the MENSA process. However, that’s only the beginning.

Let me know if it takes you under thirty seconds, or over thirty seconds to find the man in the beans.

Mind you, this does not necessarily have anything to do with brian’s BEANs. But, it might. Much hangs in the balance. More so for you, than for myself

When you are done with the exercise, please complete the poll below.

If you beat thirty seconds please reach out to me via the Contact Form. Do it!

NOTE: There is an honor system at work.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork


congress as a fringe Group?


Last week we started a fire storm discussing Barack Obama and his unfortunate involvement tanglements with “fringe groups”.

How are those defined, exactly?

Possibly modern-day Populists?

But certainly self-focused insiders at the treasury, and on Wall Street. Arguably, the leadership at the heart of the banking community itself.

Let’s use, as a worthy example (just to haul-off in search of some credibility) Obama’s forlorn and degenerating feint efforts around health care reform, and how that’s faring in Congress (there’s a Moose in the House).

I’m not convinced the Republicans are the problem. They are a problem. It’s the House, as a body, that is the problem because their own desires are not aligned with constituents.

Ironically, this makes the House a fringe-group.

I’m ready to take a LOT of heat for making that statement.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork


on striking faustian Bargains


They (“they” being that shadowy and uncertain collective that is assigned every uncertain dictum) might say, to the effect, that: Every great leader, successful businessman, or happy husband must certainly cut a deal with the devil, right?

Wrong. …maybe.

Just ask Gandhi, Ataturk, Martin Luther King, Jr., or Thomas Jefferson – and, that hardy and ferocious crew, the Founding Fathers.

These are men of measurable success – and, all of whom forged coalitions, and crafted compromises to be sure – but none made deals that poisoned the very institutions they fought so hard to craft. Yet, by unfortunate comparison, President Barack Obama has consistently dealt with those interested in stopping reform: lobbyists, megacorporations, and even fringe groups.

Imagine, for a second, if the Founding Fathers had cut deals with King George, so their nascent United States could “gain legitimacy.”

Would we still remember them as leaders?

By the way… I’ve never heard anyone phrase juxtapositional elements such as: “…cutting a deal…” with the Lord, or God. But, what about good men that might say to the effect: “please God, let me kill my enemies so that I shall live”, or, “Lord, let me kill our enemies in your name”.

One more thing… When (all too many) hypocritical members of our House (think in terms of “representatives”) and Senate pledge allegiance to [God] and Flag, who wins? God, or the devil?

We have to ask the tough questions. It’s what Prudent but Optimistic Gentlemen do. It’s at the core; the very nature of the Heterodox.

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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