Tag Archives: Talking Maryland Politics

TRISKAIDEKAPHOBIA? Read it, Don’t Say It

Explaining Number 13


By Harry M. Covert


can’t resist it. Friday past marked Triskaidekaphobia. No, this is not when the populace is incessantly scratching, or itching, or running for the hills, or fearing things like ghosts, or scurrying from black cats and ladders or debating the mark of the beast.

Without question, many good people live with all kinds of personal fears and demons, trying to avoid full moons and political cajoling and swindling. The last two words are borrowed from author-editor extraordinaire Marion Elizabeth Rodgers. She knows more about H. L. Mencken than anybody.

This thing of Triskaidekaphobia is truly fun to consider as we enjoy another day above ground.… Read More

Mr. SWEETBOTTOM, The LOO, WHAT IF’s

Driving around Windsor Castle With O

Advice from Across the Way

By Harry M. Covert

n these days of fast changing lifestyles, it is always pleasant to receive

notes from readers. Usually when readers disagree with viewpoints, they are civil.

Some prevailing thought has it that nasty and unkind retorts are better and more palpable.

Well, as has been proven of late, opinionators find it easy and acceptable in these days to tag people with whom they disagree as bigots, racists, and fear-mongers.

I’m not sure how much worse the dividing public discourse will become, but the battle is on for who can be uglier, meaner and downright foolish.… Read More

THE REVAMPED POLITICAL LANDSCAPE

The Biggest Loser in Trump’s Landslide? An Easy Guess


No. 46 (?) and the Trickle Down Theory


 By Harry M. Covert

he day is going to arrive soon when all of the “Republican establishment aficionados” stop running to their cubbyholes or dens and begin their lives as “posterior osculators.”

I realize the above may sound somewhat cynical and a bit on the ugly side, but it’s really difficult keeping a straight face amid the current national political proceedings. Proof is everywhere, pledges among the would-be nominees don’t mean anything. They took the pledge with cross-fingers and other prevarications.

The professional world of punditry, elitism and general guess work in broadcast and printed media does not have any penalty, of course.… Read More

FREDERICK’S FIRST CLASS DEPUTY

Courtesy to an MS-13 Gang Member

 By Harry M. Covert

Nov. 10, 2015

It’s a nice feel good story. A Frederick County, Maryland, deputy sheriff used great restraint. During a broad morning light he took a slugging in the face and neck from an illegal MS-13 gang member.

There on Key Parkway in Frederick investigating a minor traffic matter, Deputy First Class Greg Morton restrained himself. After the physical assault he didn’t resort to any deadly reaction. He could have, probably should have.

In times past assaulting a deputy or other sworn officer was a major no-no. No question about it.… Read More

SPOUTING THE NICETIES

Mr. Biden’s Day in the Rose Garden

By Harry M. Covert

It was rather interesting. The upbeat 47th vice president was in the Rose Garden one day last week. He truly looked relieved. He was declining the opportunity to run for President.

           It was at this moment he probably became a statesman, a man without portfolio in some 17 months to

come.

            The Honorable Joe Biden spouted the niceties for not jumping into his political party’s presidential race.

       Admittedly, Mr. Biden is one of the more popular No. 2s in the nation’s history. He’s been down the political road but circumstances have prevented him from the coming Democrat nomination process.… Read More

JOYS OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL COACHING

It’s Winning or Else … Of Course

By Harry M. Covert

News leaks started seeping. The football coach was going to be fired, smack in the middle of the collegiate season. Usually replacing such personages waited until a season’s end.

In these days and times administrators just figure why wait? The thinking is easy. The coffers are full of cash so pay the guy off and get on with replenishing resources, dollars and wins.

That is entirely the story. From College Park, Maryland, The University is obviously flush beyond measure in the money department. And, they are fresh from extending the contract of the coach to 2017.… Read More

THE NONSENSE, GRANDSTANDING FROM SHOOTINGS

How to End Gun Violence?

 By Harry M. Covert

The matter of gun violence is of great and grave concern everywhere. It should be. In these days of everything goes in personal conduct the first thing anti-gunners jump on are good citizens who value their guaranteed rights to ownership.

Students, teachers and administrators are not safe anywhere it seems and there is tremendous cause for alarm, fear and some kind of protection.

There’s no doubt government has a responsibility to do something. There are no better protectors anywhere than the men and women of local police and sheriff’s offices and the numerous agencies throughout the county.Read More

CLERK AND THE JUDGE

Malfeasance or Principle?

By Harry M. Covert

At the very moment the Honorable Kim Davis figuratively expectorated – spit – in the face of a federal judge she was headed to jail.

The incarceration was for contempt of court. Almost immediately the fund-raising apparatus in all quarters of the religious and political communities was underway. Computerized printing presses, electronic mail and what is called social media began foaming at high speed, railing against unfair and unconstitutional attacks on the nation’s religious liberty.

The battle was under way bigtime with all the lofty folks claiming foul; that Christians of all persuasions were under attack by the federal government; and that the fundamentalists and evangelical communities are in dire straits.… Read More

WHEN NEIGHBORHOOD GROCERY STORES WERE

Labor Day, Nickel Soda, 18¢ Bread


By Harry M. Covert


Labor Day is Monday and today is a perfect time to revisit first days of the first job. The experience sticks with most people no matter the passage of time. Me too.

Let’s relax for a while from all the partisan and silly debates around the nation. We need a rest from all the gabble flowing non-stop.

I like to recall the wonderful neighborhood grocery stores. Every city and town had them. They stick out because customers phoned in orders, they were charged on the family tabs, bills were cleared up usually on Friday paydays and orders were delivered by bicycle, if within a few blocks and by panel truck otherwise.… Read More

CHANGING THE POLITICAL, PUBLIC VERNACULAR

Stupid Is as Stupid Does


By Harry M. Covert

 There was a time believe it or not when the political correctness fad didn’t exist. People of all ages didn’t run around being offended by this and that and elected officials were never called stupid, even though it was often talked about in closed door meetings.

          In the journalistic battleground reporters always knew off-the-wall combatants and refrained from printing stories without attribution.

          Once in my early days on the police beat looking for a weekend feature I thought it’d be fun to entertain readers with a story on citizen arrests. A police chief almost had a stroke at the suggestion, “please don’t do that.

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