VIGILS and the BULLY PULPIT

 

The Awful Effects of Continuing Terrorism


By Harry M. Covert

The time has come for a real vigil. Using this bully pulpit something must be done to halt the slide to “Hell in a Handbasket” as a humorist of yore penned a half-century ago.

Were I extolling on a pastoral platform at this very moment I would most certainly disclaim use of the caustic word for the netherworld. Preachers should avoid using such adjectives while representing The Almighty on divine premises. No slips.

Of late lots of well-meaning people have been conducting vigils, carrying lit candles, holding hands and moaning and mooning over the awful murders not just in Florida but throughout the country in Baltimore, Chicago, Texas and other states.… Read More

ETYMOLOGISTS AND EXPLETIVES DELETED?

Today’s Language of Politics

By Harry M. Covert

I’m not quite certain but the use of vain and profane babblings has sure become prevalent on every venue these days. This has been brought on by the political vernacular in use on all levels. Now, no one even flinches.

Seems like the dominant figure on the national scene has made modern use of “hell”, not hades, proper and accepted. I could not get the full count since the other seekers like the h-word too. Okay, it’s for emphasis.

Nowhere are etymologists jumping up and down highlighting “expletives deleted.” As I’ve heard many times, “hellfire and damnation.”

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These modern times of openness and transparency and “speaking from the heart” have gained popularity. … Read More

WEEKEND FOR HEROES

 

Remembering the Brave


Veterans’ Issues Must Be Solved Quickly


By Harry M. Covert

The coming weekend will be bright and fair, perfect for the fun and sun beach enthusiasts and those enjoying backyard grilling or other restful pursuits.

Purpose of the time off is the nationwide honoring of those who serve and have served in the military of all time. I received my draft card classified as 1-A, which meant I was available to learn the intricacies of service. Somehow, the draft board forgot my name. I’ve been able to serve vicariously through the efforts of family members and friends and neighbors who were called upon in World War I, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Grenada and other peace producing endeavors.… Read More

Washington Post Outsmarted by West Point Cadets

The Naïveté of a Double Minority


By Ladson F. Mills III


Presidential adviser Ben Rhodes created a furor with his recent New York Times Magazine interview in which he blatantly unmasked the Obama administrations open contempt and disdain for the Washington press.  It is clear they are regarded as mostly young and naive.

Typically, such assertions should be taken with a grain of salt. Rhodes would not be the first political aide to fall into the trap of being carried away by his own perceived brilliance. It regularly occurs the longer they cling to the seats of power. Most, however are not so open in revealing their true sentiments.… Read More

TRISKAIDEKAPHOBIA? Read it, Don’t Say It

Explaining Number 13


By Harry M. Covert


I can’t resist it. Friday past marked Triskaidekaphobia. No, this is not when the populace is incessantly scratching, or itching, or running for the hills, or fearing things like ghosts, or scurrying from black cats and ladders or debating the mark of the beast.

Without question, many good people live with all kinds of personal fears and demons, trying to avoid full moons and political cajoling and swindling. The last two words are borrowed from author-editor extraordinaire Marion Elizabeth Rodgers. She knows more about H. L. Mencken than anybody.

This thing of Triskaidekaphobia is truly fun to consider as we enjoy another day above ground.… Read More

Mr. SWEETBOTTOM, The LOO, WHAT IF’s

Driving around Windsor Castle With O

Advice from Across the Way

By Harry M. Covert

In these days of fast changing lifestyles, it is always pleasant to receive

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notes from readers. Usually when readers disagree with viewpoints, they are civil.

Some prevailing thought has it that nasty and unkind retorts are better and more palpable.

Well, as has been proven of late, opinionators find it easy and acceptable in these days to tag people with whom they disagree as bigots, racists, and fear-mongers.

I’m not sure how much worse the dividing public discourse will become, but the battle is on for who can be uglier, meaner and downright foolish.… Read More