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GENTEEL HOSPITALITY LOST IN LEXINGTON

Dilettantes of Dumb


By HARRY M. COVERT

knew it. I just might have to open a crystal ball shop, make free predictions. Well, dare I brag a bit, I must be a prophet. Even though I have an admitted coffee addiction, reading the tea leaves is becoming rather easy.

A few weeks ago I noted that carpetbaggers have invaded the Home of Presidents and, like diseases, are destroying that great slogan and lifestyle “Virginia is for lovers.”

Over the weekend past, evidence of disgusting conduct came to the fore. In historic Lexington, Virginia, a New Yawk (sic) invader insulted and refused service to an out-of-stater, a nice southern woman and her family.… Read More

CHURLISH TRASH-TALKING CULTURE

Embarrassing Unrefined Persons
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By Harry M. Covert

ulgarians are at the gate. Their desire is to repeat dirty words often enough that the general public won’t blink at their constant and offensive use. Go ahead. Invoke the constitutional right to say whatever and whenever you want.

This business of the nastiest words in the American language, née English, so prevalent and discourteous and disguised as comedy, is out of control and insidious in shaping good minds and conversations. I’m not dignifying them with initials.

Many of the professional talkers like to hide behind the idea of “pushing the envelope” to coarseness beyond the pale.… Read More

School Fear, Royal Wedding Joy

Good Morning Texas

By Harry M. Covert

he bulletin crawled across the bottom of the screen early in the morning. Alerts were immediate on my iPhone. Reports of a Texas high school shooting. No information available at that moment.

Uh oh! Immediately thoughts and prayers were liftced. I knew what was coming. At the early hour no facts leaked. Moments later the Associated Press noted a young coed was shot in the leg. Nothing else.

Most certainly the news subject was set for the day. I had planned to wax a bit eloquent here about Saturday’s Royal Marriage. I’ve visited Windsor Castle several times in recent years and figured I could describe walking through St.… Read More

THE ADMIRAL MIKE BOORDA STORY

The Sad Failure of Jon Meacham and Company

‘The technological society is a system of domination.’

C. Wright Mills, “The Sociological Imagination”

By LADSON F. MILLS III

merica is a technological society with domination having become it’s defining characteristic. We no longer attempt to convince but eradicate those with whom we disagree.

Sinclair Broadcast Group recently found itself under fire for a decision to direct its local affiliates to issue a statement concerning fake news bias; especially in social media. Sinclair’s statement made it clear their intent to concentrate less on editorializing and more on reporting.

One might safely conclude that such a move would be overwhelmingly welcomed especially by a professional journalist.… Read More

THE SAD AND SORDID AFFAIR

Is it Really Russia, Mr. Mueller?

By Ladson F. Mills III

The moral attitudes of dominant and privileged groups
are characterized by universal self-deception and hypocrisy.’
— Reinhold Niebuhr, Moral Man and Immoral Society

nation that embraces insanity as its defining ideology is a nation descending into chaos. There is nothing more indicative of this emerging insanity than what has erupted since the appointment of Robert Mueller as Special Counsel to investigate Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

The primary purpose appears to be a dirt-digging expedition for any evidence that would link President Trump to an impeachable offense.… Read More

Crimes & Murders; Pusillanimous Politicians; Pardon to Senate?

Charm City Can’t Curb Violence,
Sacks Police Commissioner

By Harry M. Covert

t’s no laughing matter, but Baltimore’s latest police commissioner has been sacked. The reason was a bit surprising. He didn’t reduce violent crimes, which last year included 343 murders. The per capita record for Charm City.

In my experience around law enforcement and criminal courts of many years, no police chief or any other of similar title, has ever been able to halt shootings, stabbings, garrotings, or any other forms of crime.

Even sheriffs, jailers, wardens, and other forms of correctional types, are unable to halt crimes. This is not a shallow thought.… Read More

INDEFATIGABLE BOMBASTS TO CONTINUE

Can we all be nice? No!

By Harry M. Covert

ere we go. No more promises, or pontifications, resolving to do better in this and that. For the next 363 days the outlook is magnificent. Can we just be nice? This all sounds good. I suspect all the happy talk will be subdued and the disagree-ers will continue their indefatigable bombasts.

Forgive me, please, all of you sweet people. I can remind everyone, no matter how you cut it, good news honestly and truly isn’t good news. Feel good stories are wonderful. Our human nature isn’t always so good.

What headlines get the most attention and comments?Read More

OVERLOOKING POSSIBLE CRIMINAL ACTIVITY

A Nation of Bread and Circuses
‘Our beloved republic is in the hands of madmen’
Julius Caesar to the 13th Legion

 

By Ladson F. Mills III

merica has reached the stage Roman Historians labeled as the age of ‘Bread and Circuses.’

Toxic projection backed by mobbing now passes for serious political discourse. Decades of disastrous Washington leadership has created a national debt of over twenty trillion dollars. With the bread rapidly disappearing all that remains to divert attention away from the government failures are the circuses of political theater.

One of the most interesting circuses is being provided by Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller.… Read More

Unseemly Manners in the Capitol

‘Money and morals are rarely on speaking terms.’

By Harry M. Covert
November 28, 2017

as the nation figured out that the country’s real problems lie in the Capitol Building? Apparently lots of citizens have had no clue until lately as leaders’ public and private lives have been bared. Blemishes of the heretofore legislative bodies are laid before the entire 50-states plus all the territories and the world.

Who would have imagined the members of what’s described as the most distinguished club in the world had “no clothes.” That’s the U. S. Senate. Then the brother and sisters of the House of Representatives weren’t excluded from illicit conduct usually reserved for bawdy houses or those described as places of “ill repute.”

Quite naturally pundits use the phrase “double standards.” It’s proper to think that.… Read More