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The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month

 War to End All Wars Continues, Soldiers and Vets Still Suffering

   BEGIN MILITARY CHARITY AT HOME 

By Harry M. Covert

There is much to be considered on Last Tuesday’s somber day of remembrance. The War to End All Wars ended a centenary ago, but the Great War didn’t end anything at all with exception of massive deaths of nine million soldiers and about seven million civilians. The United Kingdom had about 900,000 deaths, the United States recorded for 116,708 for its one-year participation.

(Editor’s note: This column appeared Nov. 11, 2014 and

is being reprinted at many requests.)

What’s more poignant here is to recall the lives of all called to battle the millions upon millions of Americans in the wars since—WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Grenada, Iraq, Afghanistan, and others some may refer to as skirmishes.… Read More

Threats to the Pulpits

Free Speech Under Attack Again

By Harry M. Covert

I know great care and concern must be used before describing someone a fool. The time is nigh to say so and say it loud and clear throughout the land.

Before I get carried away here I must confess I was truly laughing out loud. I thought some show biz wits were making fun again of vicars, rectors and pastors of all sorts. Then the only adjective I could think of was fool. The Bible tells us, the fool says “there is no God.”

The news out of Houston, Texas, was this: the elected mayor planned and wanted to subpoena all pulpiteering where clergy preached against homosexual lifestyles that includes lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT).Read More

NAVAL BASE IN THE MOUNTAINS

Blue Suits and Shoulder Holsters

By Harry M. Covert

            It is rather refreshing to have a breather from all the animus enveloping us all from the murders home and abroad and all the yapping about “boots on the ground” instead of the truth about troops in battle no matter what description is on the lips of the wizardry newsies, politicians or even poll takers.

            How about the grilling of the former Secret Service director? The billion-dollar-agency is charged with protecting the president and his family, the vice president and his relations and to provide the muscle when foreign heads of state come calling, usually to tap the treasury, buy weapons of all sorts and medicines for health and happiness.Read More

Crime Evolving? Or Bolt Cutters for Beheaders

The Great Tragedy is Well Under Way

By Harry M. Covert

Since “child-dom”, my word for the moment, I’ve been a note-taker. You never know when scribblings may come in handy particularly in the writing business. A word here and there will joggle the mind and lead to all kinds of sentences, paragraphs and essays.

I believe The Great Tragedy is well under way not only around the world but amid the tranquil towns and cities of America the beautiful. Always, events in backward places of the globe seem to trickle down, infecting and scaring everybody.

For example, the word beheading erupted in Oklahoma and quite naturally news mavens everywhere keep reporting the distasteful expression.… Read More

IMAGINE NO POLICE ON THE STREETS

Focus on the Facts, Please

By Harry M. Covert

 Imagine for a moment if sheriff’s deputies, police officers, state police and fire officials were removed from the streets for a day or so in wherever you live.. Visualize the pandemonium, danger on the streets and highways, the illegal guns that would surface, home invasions and carjackings.

There are lots of people who dare make light and criticize city and county officers for simply doing their sworn duty. On their own and in general people don’t do right. They do try to skirt the law in the simplest of ways, speeding on the streets and roadways and then become downright nasty if stopped and ticketed.… Read More

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM A BIG DEAL

CONVERT OR DIE?  THE RUTHESS KILLINGS

By Harry M. Covert

No matter how ruthless local political fights may be, they are nothing in league with the genocide from radical Muslims in Iraq. Merely look at the television pictures from the mountainous Sinjar area.

Even the harshest partisans will be moved by the desperation of the Chaldean Christians and Yazidis running from the murderers called Islamic terrorists, ISIS or ISOL. When video news casts showed the words, “Convert or die” it was heartbreaking.

Despite all of the religious disagreements in the United States, no pulpiteers of any sort have ever resorted to such lyrics.… Read More

A Lifesaving Experience

When Medical Care Hits the Mark

By George Wenschhof

EDITOR, TALKING MARYLAND POLITICS

OBSERVING WHAT IS BEST DESCRIBED as a world beset with violence and upheaval ranging from a flare up of the Israel-Hamas ongoing struggle in Gaza, President Obama authorizing U.S. airstrikes in Iraq, a rekindling of the cold war with Russia with the Ukraine conflict, and the continuation of a do nothing Congress, I placed my political commentary on hold.

Instead of focusing on the outcome of the midterm elections and whether Republicans or Democrats will hold a majority in the House and Senate, my focus has been on what comes next in a life threatening experience.… Read More

Time for Some Anger

 Is America on Alert, YET?

By Harry M. Covert

The wonder of it all these days is when, really when, are Americans going to get mad as hell and not take it anymore?

Admonitions abound that a soft answer turns away wrath, to whom much is given much is required, turn the other cheek and the sweet list continues.

Another question here is do these cautions count one whit in other societies?  The answer is a resounding apparently no with a capital letter. Anyone of any age who is paying the slightest attention to current events, knows full well a large portion of the world is determined to destroy the American way of life.

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Bookies over Pollsters

 THE BEST PICKERS AND CHOOSERS

By Harry M. Covert

The thing about polls, the political kind, is simply they allow political connoisseurs to become “experts” and, quite obviously, legends in their own minds.

Mostly professional predictions are guess work at best but they do make for fun conversations.

       Instead of driving ourselves mad by wishful thinking and hoping, the best predictions come from talking to the bookies. Campaigns spend quite a lot of donor money on pollsters to cover aspirations.

Take a gander at the wizards in the gambling meccas. What do we see? Usually the best pickers and choosers.… Read More

Talking and Spending Without Relief

 BEEPS, BEEPS & BEEPS


A SHERIFF’S ADVICE


By Harry M. Covert

For the first time in a few days I wasn’t awakened in the early morning hours at 2:30, 2:45 and 3 o’clock by missile alerts from the latest iPhone APP. I don’t know what APP stands for but it works, at least until the battery runs out of juice. I figured that finally the bombings from Gaza to Israel had stopped and all was well in that part of the world. I was certainly wrong this time. The phone was simply dead and the adapter cord wouldn’t recharge. Once the computer technicians discovered cracker crumbs had somehow plugged up the connection and the charge increased, the alerts resumed much to my chagrin.… Read More