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What hath the D.A.R.’s Merry Wright Wrought?

READER ALERT: The Covert Letter published a two-part series April  30  and May 3, 2012, on a brewing controversy within the hallowed halls of the Daughters of the American Revolution in Washington, D. C.  Word had leaked that it was removing the name of Jesus Christ from the Chaplain’s Missal and those who learned of the proposal began circulating the secret to other chapters. It became a matter that would certainly threaten membership; friendships were stretched to their limits as it rose to an emotional peak.

The controversy waned until this morning (Jan. 3, 2012). In case you missed it, FoxnewsReporter Todd Starnes revealed the D.A.R.… Read More

DISPATCHES FROM JERUSALEM: Child Eclipses the Star

By NORMAN M. COVERT

(Exclusive to The Covert Letter)

Bethlehem Ephrata, Judea, Dec. 25.  – Events in the volatile Middle East took a dramatic turn yesterday. Thousands were near panic, demanding the government provide assurance they were in no danger from a spectacular comet. It appeared to hover above this West Bank town, southwest of Jerusalem.

The event muted recent turmoil in Egypt, Libya and Syria, where the comet also was visible.

Residents sneak look at baby Jesus and Mother Mary in hotel stable, Bethlehem. (Blackhawk Films Lantern Slide)

Media attention also focused on a stable at a two-star hotel near midtown.… Read More

Seeking Sugar Plums

By Norman M. Covert

The countdown is on ‘til Christmas Eve. Santa Claus is scheduled next week to bring toys and all manner of wondrous gifts to good little boys and girls in a “whishing” mission, borne in his reindeer-powered sleigh.

One wonders if this is fantasy.  However, I knew the pilot light of Christmas still flickered inside me when my 1948 Lionel Steam Locomotive finally got going under our tree Sunday night. I can spend hours watching it chug around the track.

Thomas Nast drew Santa from Clement C. Moore’s narrative poem in 1862.

We cherish the private hope that Santa Claus (nee, St.… Read More

Gloom, Despair and Agony….

By Norman M. Covert

One can only look back on the crazy events of last week and recall the wisdom offered by Kornfield Kounty sages Archie Campbell, Gordie Tapp and Grandpa Jones in the 1970s television show “Hee Haw”:

“Gloom, Despair and Agony on Me [Ohh!];

               “Deep Dark Depression, Excessive Misery [Howl!].

          “If it weren’t for bad luck, I’d have no luck at all [Baaah!];

               “Gloom, despair, and agony on me [Ooooh!].”

It may be time for the GOP faithful to head for the hills; kick off their shoes; chuck on some wood and stoke the fire under the boilin’ pot; mix a batch of corn slurry, sugar and other magic ingredients; and wait for the “White Lightnin’” to bubble from the copper coil.… Read More

IS THE OBAMA RIDE OVER?

By NORMAN M. COVERT

If a man’s greatness is measured in the number of his enemies, then George W. Bush must be the most powerful man ever to inhabit the White House. He must top Franklin D. Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln, who freed the slaves and tried, until his tragic assassination, to heal the nation’s wounds inflicted in the War Between the States.

President George W. Bush, 43rd President

Mr. Bush has been blamed for much that has gone wrong the past four years–that is the failed experiment called Barack Obama. A groundswell of voters thrust Mr. Obama into office on faith, just as was presentation of the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize.… Read More

A REVIEW: Jesus and Genesis, Validating Biblical Truth

“Did Jesus BELIEVE Genesis?”  By Charles L. Sanders, Ph.D; 311 pp. Holy Fire Publishing; P.O. Box 1886, DeLand, Florida 32721

Reviewed by Harry M. Covert

Charles L. Sanders, Ph.D

THIS IS AN ERA of nearly unprecedented chaos, confusion and unbelief of traditional Christian teachings and values. A remarkable book, “Did Jesus Believe Genesis?” brings clarity to the often raging debate between creationism and evolution and Christians, fervent non-believers, agnostics and atheists.

Teachings of the Bible regarding Divine creation of the universe and humanity are regularly dismissed as folly. Believers are routinely described as intellectually deficient and young people have become victims of a serious lack of biblical teachings in their homes, church and colleges/universities, both secular and Christian.… Read More

Hope & Change, Last of the Ninth

By Norman M. Covert

You don’t have to go far from the bosom of Frederick, Maryland with its booming biomedical research and development industry to see what really is happening in America. A huge billboard looms above the highway near Washington, Pa., proclaiming, “OBAMA NO-JOBS ZONE.” It is a huge plea for help in that mostly coal mining region of America.

Early 1900s photo of an Allegheny County, Pa., coal mine. Several working mines are to be closed according to an announcement this week. (public domain photo)

Not far from there, Interstate 70, from the Ohio border to Columbus, is an “Obama Jobs Zone.” Traffic crawls through the corridor linking Pennsylvania with Ohio, ignoring the depression of Wheeling, W.… Read More

Where Are You, Miss Landers?

By NORMAN M. COVERT

If you are a third grader about to start school you may not have identified her, but you hope Miss Landers is at the chalkboard when you arrive. I don’t know the odds of this happening, but would like to think that your chances are pretty good.

Of course, Miss Alice Landers (portrayed by the late Sue Randall), not Ms., not Alice, but Miss Landers the teacher, was the smiling and warm face and personality that saved Theodore (Beaver) Cleaver from a “fate worse than death.” He was entering the third grade at Grant Ave. Grammar School in the popular late ‘50s television show “Leave It to Beaver.”

Miss Landers (Sue Randall) meets her third graders at Grant Ave school.

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DEEP THOUGHTS, A MORNING MUSE

By Norman M. Covert

Good morning, travelers. I am persuaded that Ernie Kovacs and Charles Dickens should be the lesson of this day as I plant my foot firmly and put on my best grump face.

There is this from British author Mr. Dickens’ “A Tale of Two Cities.” He wrote of London, King George III’s bunker in 1775, a time when American Patriots started to fight back and ultimately overturned his oppression:

British Author Charles Dickens

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven….”

Sound familiar?… Read More

YES, MR. PRESIDENT, IT’S A WAR!

By Norman M. Covert

I’ve had a number of significant emotional experiences in my life. A couple at the hands of my dad, who had to make some course corrections; also the time I realized God is not the invention of a Jerusalem Public Relations firm. No less moving has been seeing soldiers headed out to war and returning from combat.

I’ve had the experience of saying goodbye to my family at the airport, lugging my duffel bag, wondering what would be in store when I reached my destination.

This past weekend I took part in a three-day convention in Easton of a veterans’ organization called The Society of the Forty and Eight, named for the French Box Cars, which were rated at a capacity of either 40 men or eight horses.… Read More