Archive / March, 2012

JERUSALEM DISPATCHES — Part I

(Editor’s Note: the following is reprinted by request from The Covert Letter, April 18, 2011)

THOUSANDS RALLY; NEWCOMER DISRUPTS TEMPLE BAZAAR

JERUSALEM (Special to The Covert Letter) — Turmoil in the Middle East continued yesterday when huge crowds jammed the entrance to this ancient city. The main highway to the huge security gate was temporarily blocked by the impromptu procession that escorted a break-away rabbi and his personal “rock star” entourage into the city.

No life threatening injuries were reported among the crowd.

Sources identify the man as Jesus of Nazareth, who had traveled by foot from Jericho to observe the Jewish Feast of Passover.… Read More

GEORGE/TRAYVON: MOBS & VIGILANTES

By PATRICK M. COVERT

BUFFALO, N.Y. —The death of Trayvon Martin has sparked much emotion in this country.  For those who are not following the story, the 17-year-old Trayvon was shot and killed by a “captain” of the neighborhood watch, 28-year-old George Zimmerman.  Between the media outcry and the typical social activists, the cry for vengeance is deafening.  Many news anchors and reporters have tried and sentenced Mr. Zimmerman for murder. 

The case was slow to hit the national spotlight.  A self defense shooting in one of the 21 states with a “Stand Your Ground” law is not a priority during an election year weighted down by its own hot topics. … Read More

WALKING THE WALK

By Tom McLaughlin

KUCHING, Malaysia–I am against abortion. I believe it is the most despicable event that could happen to a life that has been given and to the mother. I believe it is a sin against God and nature.

My witness is that at 60 I have a son. I have proven my belief and stand firmly behind it; absolutely no regrets and with a great outpouring of love towards Dzul and his mother, my beloved bride Suriani.

We did see a doctor with the greatest fear that the pregnancy would kill my wife, because she was not supposed to be able to have children; plus she was 43.… Read More

LOCAL GRIEF IN WAR OF WORDS

BY NORMAN M. COVERT

(FREDERICK, Md.)–While President Barack Obama and Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai maintain their Chess gambit of words, it is clear that no “move” matches up to the Teddy Roosevelt watchword of walking softly and carrying a big stick.

Obama talks softly and Karzai wields the big stick, all in the name of ridding that Stone Age world of radical Muslim factions.

While the leaders prattle, casualties mount. So far, Maryland has lost 40 of its own to the killing field of Afghanistan.  The latest is a former school teacher from Baltimore County, Maryland National Guardsman Maj. Robert J. … Read More

PRESIDENTS DAY BY THE NUMBERS

By NORMAN M. COVERT

(MOUNT AIRY, Md.)—Anyone who has the courage to ask questions of second graders must be ready for answers which may or may not be in the teacher’s syllabus. That lesson was learned at Parrs Ridge Elementary School here two weeks ago.

In case you didn’t realize it, Presidents Day Weekend is four days, not three. One hundred seventy five second graders shouted it out not long before they would scatter for the holiday.

A teachers’ in-service day was added to the weekend – hooray!

We also learned that 21-plus-10 equals 31 – not 41.

And we celebrated more than the presidents’ birthdays that weekend.… Read More