ALL’S NOT QUIET ON THE PRESIDENTIAL FRONT

 When All is Said and Done . . .

Where are all the real leaders? That’s the Question for 2016

By Harry M. Covert

The would-be’s are flailing all over the place. They and their ghost writers are hustling books, going to places like Iowa in the dead of winter trying to organize electable opinions and lining up begging apparatus in high gear for the highest office in the land.

Yes, while good citizens around the 50-states attempt to deal with all the issues in their hometowns and around the world, candidates of all sorts are doing their best to become the best.… Read More

BACK TO REALITY

Evil Keeps Keeping On

By Harry M. Covert

There are many who easily accept the current state of world affairs. The attitude of far too many is that troubles in the Middle East are no longer American concerns.

For example, gas prices have fallen and the United States can provide its own oil. So let the growing cancer of Islamic terrorism continue to grow. The latest of course is this week’s complete take over in Yemen. They actually disarmed American marines escorting state department workers to a fast getaway on navy ships.

The astonishment still grates me that Frederick, the state of Maryland and the rest of the USA in their hearts want to be kind and nice and risk democracy as is known hereabouts.Read More

Yes, A Finger in the Eye, Plus: Football’s Afflatus

 HOW THE SAUDIS KEEP INSULTING AMERICANS

By Harry M. Covert

FLOTUS on Duty

The business of protocol is important. Call it what you will, but good manners, dignity and courtesy are always best. Times most often call for posterior osculations around the world and with locals of various cultures and politics.

First Lady Michelle Obama has had her share of criticisms, probably more than most. Most recently she has been reproached for not wearing a head covering when meeting the new royals in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. I am in her corner on this issue. It took lots of mettle and chutzpah for her not to risk spoiling her hairdo.

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DON’T CRY FOR CAPTURED TERRORISTS

Take a Few Moments to Recollect

By Harry M. Covert

Verbal bashings continue out of control towards a former president, vice president and the intelligence agency, the “covert ones” if you please.

Despite a plea from the secretary of state not to do so and agreeing to redactions from an ally, the Democratic senator released a report on interrogation methods. It was properly described as—pardon me—crap. Other adjectives have been used. I like them.

Let’s get real. I recall an attack on the Twin Towers in New York in what is remembered as 9/11. Seems like there was a previous terrorism bombing designed by a blind-cleric who is now in prison.… Read More

TRANSPARENCY AND PLAIN OLD TRUTH

Snickers, Grins, Guffaws

By Harry M. Covert

Let’s face it. Ninety-nine and forty-four-one-hundredths percent of people always snicker, then grin or breakout guffawing hearing news that a celebrated institution or person or persons has been caught in some salacious conduct.

That could well be human nature. Most certainly it’s true. As is known to some such conduct is used in a variety of ways: selling newspapers, periodicals books, to promote television and movies, to destroy the subjects and put the fear of the Almighty to one and all.

In the current time the term transparency is, and is all over the place supplanting such old fashioned words as honesty, veracity and plain old truth.… Read More

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