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HIERARCHY of PUBLICITY

When Did Child Abuse Become Tolerated?

By LADSON F. MILLS III

‘In the world of celebrity the hierarchy of publicity has replaced the hierarchy of descent and even great wealth.’ (C. Wright Mills, Columbia University Sociologist)

If a rose by any other name would smell as sweet’, child abuse whether sexual, physical or verbal stinks. But being on the accepted side of politics apparently means never having to say you’re sorry. Even when it involves child abuse.

While women marched in protest of Donald Trump and asserted that their anatomy will grab back, NBC’s Saturday Night Live writer Katie Rich achieved a new low.… Read More

POSTER CHILD OUT OF TOUCH

Deplorable versus Delusional


‘Denouncing voters who were tired of politics-as-usual and declaring them to be a basket of deplorables is hardly the way to win them over’. — BREDA O’BRIEN


By Ladson F. Mills III
The great American cultural divide is no longer between race, gender or socio-economics. It is now a divide between deplorables and delusionals.

Actress Meryl Streep’s speech at the recent Golden Globe Awards ensures her status as Poster Child for the delusionals.  Criticizing President-Elect Donald Trump for his immoderate comments against a special needs reporter during his recent campaign, Ms. Streep spoke movingly of how his remarks brought her to tears.… Read More

FOR TWO CENT$ PLU$

New Political Hieroglyphics Coming

By Harry M. Covert

THERE IS NO GOOD REASON here to resurrect events of the past 16th year of the 21st century. Neither is there any idea for resolutions over the next 12 months.
The reason? Just the same old same old. At year ends and new beginnings all of us scribes and Pharisees are forced to come up with clever verbiage for our brilliant readers. From the email bag I have a few faithful followers. Some are extremely witty, a couple more are anonymously cute, scornful and offer suggestions with some off-color scribbles.
To be frank it’s the latter that grab attention.… Read More

THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE


Coup d’états are not known in the US


“Incredibly the nation chose an entrepreneur to be the 45th commander-in-chief. The nation wanted, truly demanded, change from what seems as status quo for years and years. “


By  Harry M. Covert

The plan here has been to rest, enjoy the time of year when by all that’s happy can be celebrated en masse.

So, I was wrong. Ongoing events on the national level have assuaged the idea that all’s well.

It’s accepted that the “best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.” Robert Burns penned that and obviously knew what he was talking about.… 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

A LITTLE CHILD TEACHES US AGAIN

Political Correctness is tyranny with manners.

Charleton Heston

By Ladson F. Mills III

If stupidity was a capital offense the world would be much smaller. There was a time when those made by the young, were regarded as opportunities for teaching and growth. But no more with the rise of Political Correctness.

Just ask South Carolina State Representative Wendell Gilliard. He revealed two things in a newspaper interview several years ago. First, he carefully picks and chooses his battles and secondly he ultimately is looking to advance his political career. It appears that he has found his battle even if the lives of eight young students are ruined in the process.… Read More

IS CAPITAL PUNISHMENT EQUITABLE?

Understanding Feelings of Vengeance

 By Harry M. Covert

All kinds of discussions result when the topic comes to state’s rights, sanctuary cities, school busing, and a certain historic flag not from Fort McHenry in Maryland or capital punishment.

Such considerations are explosive more often than not, good versus evil, for example. These are important and generally don’t come up with reasonable good feelings. Usually the reactions are hard-lined, and create most common “knock downs” of the most vociferous types.

Each of the 50 states and territories and possessions has its own peculiarities for numerous self-centered practices.

NEEDLE IN THE PEACH STATE

On the last day of September it can be recalled that after 18 years on death row, the State of Georgia, put the needle to a woman.… Read More

SPOUTING THE NICETIES

Mr. Biden’s Day in the Rose Garden

By Harry M. Covert

It was rather interesting. The upbeat 47th vice president was in the Rose Garden one day last week. He truly looked relieved. He was declining the opportunity to run for President.

Vice President Joe Biden
Available for No 48?

           It was at this moment he probably became a statesman, a man without portfolio in some 17 months to

Hillary Rodham Clinton
The Coming 45th?

come.

            The Honorable Joe Biden spouted the niceties for not jumping into his political party’s presidential race.

       Admittedly, Mr. Biden is one of the more popular No.… Read More

WHEN NEIGHBORHOOD GROCERY STORES WERE

Labor Day, Nickel Soda, 18¢ Bread


By Harry M. Covert


Labor Day is Monday and today is a perfect time to revisit first days of the first job. The experience sticks with most people no matter the passage of time. Me too.

Let’s relax for a while from all the partisan and silly debates around the nation. We need a rest from all the gabble flowing non-stop.

I like to recall the wonderful neighborhood grocery stores. Every city and town had them. They stick out because customers phoned in orders, they were charged on the family tabs, bills were cleared up usually on Friday paydays and orders were delivered by bicycle, if within a few blocks and by panel truck otherwise.… Read More

IMBIBING IN MR. JEFFERSON’S TOWN

ID, PLEASE
By Harry M. Covert

The thing that is so disturbing by news “presenters” is they get to jawing before knowing any facts. Naturally, it depends too on an agenda.

There is no question tenseness involving race abounds throughout the land, and I suspect far more specious than in Frederick, the county in Maryland. The news dogs both male and female get excited when their police radios blare to some event.

I stayed home on St. Patrick’s Day. I could say I was afraid no one would ask for my up-to-date driver’s license or some other form of identification. But, friends, I won’t.Read More