Archive / December 28, 2011


By Harry Covert

I always chuckle hearing the old line, “Save yore Confederate money boys, the South’s gonna rise again.”  Andy Griffith made that famous.

For years as a gag, I had fun using $100 confederate bills as a notepad, long before we had the joy of electronic mail. It felt good using first-class U.S. stamps especially to those Yankee carpetbaggers who invaded the Commonwealth for fame, fortune and good living.

So, now we are in the sesquicentennial commemoration of what many still refer to as the War of Northern Aggression or the War Between the States.  A history buff can really get involved with all of the “celebrations” scheduled through 2015.… Read More


By Harry Covert

It’s no secret that Alexandria, Virginia, has one of the largest populations of taxpayers who are either retired or active spies.  Many have played extraordinary roles and distinguished themselves in defending America and its allies.

These folks have had a lifetime of working behind the scenes, out of the glare of public recognition.  That’s part of the game and they keep their oath not to talk out of school.  Only as the years pass do details leak.  Usually friends and neighbors are surprised and amazed at what can be described as derring-do among those with whom they’ve lived, shopped and raised families.… Read More