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Brian Patrick Cork is living the Authentic Life

praying for fear so I have the courage to Hate?

January25

Epiphany alert.

I had an opportunity to revisit an old friend. His grave actually.

Words came to me from many conversations. Mostly me listening.

In and amongst those words I heard:

“Life is too short to spend it hating”.

Perhaps he said that to me because I used to think:

“yeah, but how many people where there as Sarajevo was falling?”

And, a war-cry in my heart, daily:

“Colorado… and, the loss of everything.”

He would also say things like:

“Courage is fear prayed for”.

He was not exactly a Christian; but, he was very much a Believer.

As many of you know, Marc Kutter came by for a visit last week. My primary take-away from that visit was his saying, to the effect:

“Over the past few years I’ve grown stronger in my faith and I learned that everything seems to work-out”.

I might add that troubling matters are rarely as bad as they appear.

And, Marc’s appearance may well be timely.

I’m struggling right now around our house (it’s not feeling much like a home for the moment). The fellow we bought it from almost four years ago failed to disclose a significant drainage issue. We bought the house during the drought. And, there is ample evidence that the drought is over. We’re in trouble. The damage is significant, as is the cost to repair it – even if that is possible. We don’t know that yet. Realtors won’t list it because of the disclosure issues we now face. And, that fellow is a cad. …oh, and he’s a lawyer.

I planned on writing a lot more on a few touch subjects for this post. But, I’m still contemplating. Things will be different after I put life into certain words. However, the story, and the way I handle all of it, is coming.

But, that’s why I’m here, in part.

For the moment I’m praying for some kind of understanding of what I’m supposed to feel, and then what I should do about that. I don’t care for the way this situation makes my heart feel.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

The system really works!

September20

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
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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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