Archive / 2012

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.

Media attention also focused on a stable at a two-star hotel near midtown. A child born there last night has become an immediate sensation.

The child, born to newly arrived travelers, has attracted throngs as well as skeptical reports from the Hebrew leadership, who reject a notion that the child fulfils early prophecy.… 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.

We cherish the private hope that Santa Claus (nee, St. Nicholas, Father Christmas) can achieve his improbable task Monday night by spreading tidings of great joy and peace on earth from his sack of goodies.… Read More

View from Grandma’s Kitchen

Thanksgiving’s Fantastic Family Treat

[Harry M. Covert: The tune, Over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house we go …raced through my mind this week. My grandma’s house was across the street and the wonderful aromas of homemade rolls and biscuits, cakes and pies and other dinner ecstasies always flowed. I remember them joyfully to this day. With all of this, a childhood friend we knew as Dimples, high school chum and longtime reader of The Covert Letter, sent in her Grandmother Ruth’s Thanksgiving recipe.]

By Sepi Prichard 

Been reading The Covert Letter and, as always, not bad.… 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.

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 Lesson in the Virginia Way

Winning Campaigner Who Honored His Word

By Harry M. Covert

I have suggested on several occasions that candidates and their professional minions take oaths ”to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.” And do so in public. This would certainly test the “honesty and veracity” of them all.

Naturally, I don’t include the political campaigners and current office holders of Alexandria, the city on the “Patowmack” River, a few miles from Mount Vernon where the boy George Washington said he could not tell a lie after chopping down a cherry tree. He didn’t get into the whiskey business until later in life and it’s a popular adjunct today to keeping the landmark financially stable.… Read More

New Rules for Political Jousting?

By Harry M. Covert

I am grateful this political season is coming to a climax and none too soon. Maybe, just maybe, television will get back to some semblance of order and entertainment, even though I can’t think of any programs I want to see.

While the electorate has been bombarded in every possible way and subjected to stretchers almost beyond measure, the only people making money over the course of the political battlefield have been the broadcasting industry.

Candidates of all stripes have tried to make the populace believe American society is on a treadmill to oblivion and the media has been complicit scaring the daylights out of everyone.… Read More

The Hoax of Harvard

Fun and Games Among ‘Theologians’

By Harry M. Covert

It was exciting to read about the discovery of the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife. At last there is now a “Gospel According to Agnostics”. And, the thousands of misguided Christian believers can finally rejoice and take comfort knowing that Jesus wasn’t gay.

Therefore all attempts to disprove the Bible by academics, non-believing intellectuals and all-knowing literati can now be put to rest. Those in the Christian world need not go on a tangent to defend deeply held beliefs.

Of course society in the United States of America and other countries can stand together too, realizing that the Book of Common Prayer (1928 version), the Scofield King James Bible, the Revised Standard English Bible, the NIV, and others are true and correct when espousing  the wrong-ness and sinfulness of same sex marriage, homosexuality, lesbianism.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

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.

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. Va., also a former coal mining commerce center.… Read More