Archive / April, 2012

WHAT’S IN HIS NAME?

By NORMAN M. COVERT
 
Pardon, but it is clear the name Jesus Christ scares the hell out of a lot of folks! Amen!

A concerted effort is underway here and abroad to silence the message of hope and salvation preached by the acknowledged Prophet Jesus of Nazareth and recorded in the No. 1 bestseller “The Bible.” For the record, He is “My Guy.”

Some ideologues tremble at the historical record of His birth more than 2,000 years ago; His ministry; His arrest and torture by Roman soldiers and Jewish San Hedrin; His crucifixion at Golgotha; or His witnessed resurrection from the dead.… Read More

THE HOUSE: SOCKING IT TO ME

By PATRICK M. COVERT

Ladies and Gentlemen, I happened upon an interview last month in a National Public Radio (NPR) program as I drove to the local mecca of capitalism to buy socks.  The interview was with Brian Lamb, who is stepping down as the chief executive officer of C-SPAN.

 As I got home, new socks in hand, I was inspired to watch C-SPAN’s live coverage of the U. S. House of Representatives. The general debate was related to repeal of provisions of the Protecting Access to Health Care (P.A.T.H.) act, or H.R. 5 of session 112.

I have never watched such debate before, but it definitely held my attention. … Read More

CYBER DISCOURSE: IMAGINING & ENLIGHTENING?

By PATRICK M. COVERT

Trending on Twitter @twitter right now: “Is the digital world killing creativity?”  Thank you Pete Cashmore @mashable for this enlightened statement.  Adobe Systems Incorporated @adobe commissioned the survey which spawned this question.  Of course Adobe likely intended this, because their latest product, “Creative Suite 6,” just hit the shelves. 

This simple survey has people thinking about creativity.  Is this an innocent trend survey or brilliant marketing strategy?

Mashable.com displays the info-graphic results of this survey.  In a nutshell, more than half of Americans surveyed believe themselves creative, yet one in four doubts that he/she is achieving their creative potential. … Read More

HITLER’S BODY COUNT: THREE MILLION MORE

By NORMAN M. COVERT

 A long-time friend took notice of my commentary last week on Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, saying she thought I had underreported the number of victims in the Holocaust. She was, of course, correct in her understanding.

However, my citation that six million Jews died in the Nazi death camps from1932-1945 is accepted by historians. Apparently it wasn’t clear that I was referring to the genocide of European Jews alone, purpose of the Yom Hashoah declaration of the Israeli Knesset in 1953.

My friend is correct that a more accurate accounting of the persons who died in the reign of Nazi terror amounts to at least nine million.… Read More

A YEAR LATER: IN’COVERT’IBLE!

By NORMAN M. COVERT

(FREDERICK, Md.) — We love compliments, but perhaps the most succinct to arrive this past year came from David Virtue, D.D., who maintains a first-class blog. David wrote in response to an article: “In’Covert’ible!”

Thank you, sir!

When elder brother Harry Covert bequeathed responsibility to me for publishing The Covert Letter™  in late January 2011, we wanted to assure his devoted readers there was no cause for alarm. Harry didn’t go anywhere; he is next door. He remains editor emeritus and you will see more of his writing soon.

We have tried a number of “tweaks” accomplished by our tireless techie Leia of Power Studio.… Read More

1940 CENSUS: FINDING MY WAY BACK HOME

By NORMAN M. COVERT

FREDERICK, Md.)—The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) released the 1940 census nearly three weeks ago. The news drew me like a moth to a flame because it is the first on-line, location-only searchable database; a luxury not afforded me in a ten-year quest to record the family history.

This 1940 census enumeration provided information on where each citizen was living at the height of the Depression in 1935. It verified my dad was 27 years old, on hiatus between U. S. Army hitches living with his mother in Detroit 

Anyone who has succumbed to the bug of genealogy knows there is no cure except to keep looking.… Read More

TEARS OF YOM HASHOAH

(Editor’s Note: Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, began last night as a solemn observance of the more than six million European Jews who died at the hands of their Nazi oppressors between 1933 and 1945. Established in 1953, the day is observed on the 27th day in the Hebrew month of Nisan. This year that date is today April 19, 2012. It began, by tradition, at sundown April 18, 2012. Many observances are schedule this weekend throughout the United States.)

By NORMAN M. COVERT

My first experience and understanding of Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, came April 17, 1991 when I had the privilege of being master of ceremonies for a joint observance at the U.… Read More

U.S. MAIL: “GLOOM OF NIGHT….”

By NORMAN M. COVERT 

The U. S. Postal Service (USPS) has fallen on hard times, if you see what the rest of us see. USPS is getting so it cannot live up to its accepted credo and we are stuck in that “gloom of night….”

I cannot remember a time when mail was so delayed in transit that it is received weeks after the expected date.

 My tunic is being gored here and it is past time to straighten out the mess.

 I understand the 546K career USPS employees processed 167.9 billion pieces of mail last year and grossed $66 billion.… Read More

OCCUPIERS’ IDEAS POOR GAMBLE

By PATRICK M. COVERT

(BUFFALO, N.Y.)–Ever since the “Occupy” movement started my reaction has been one eye roll after another.  The concept, I suppose, is that 99 percent of the world’s wealth is controlled by one percent of the population, and these protestors say “no fair.” 

I guess no one told “Occupiers” life is not fair.  These people say they have a right to happiness.  I would remind them that they have a right to the “pursuit of happiness.”

Our Nation is a meritocracy, built around capitalism.  Our best and brightest are able to keep the big wheel spinning because of the promise of compensation. … Read More

JERUSALEM DISPATCH — VI

TOMB IS EMPTY DESPITE SENTRIES;
WITNESSES TESTIFY JESUS IS RISEN
JERUSALEM (April 7) – The Roman Praetorian Guard issued conflicting reports today trying to explain how the virtually impregnable tomb of Jesus of Nazareth is empty. His followers proclaim he is risen, claiming sightings that verify his prediction of returning on the third day.

He was said to have been identified in several locations, the first as the Passover Shabat ended at sunrise. Local followers proclaimed themselves “Christians” and defied Sanhedrin discipline to share their news that Jesus “The Christ” has risen from the dead.

Guards at the scene were reportedly stunned at the sight of two men occupying the rock-hewn sepulcher in which Jesus’ body was sealed Friday before sunset.… Read More