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

Enola Gay, Inshallah

Eyes for the Sleepers?

By Harry M. Covert

The sample ballot has arrived. I’ve checked it twice and thrice. Don’t need any campaign material to help me decide, or more instructions as to how to make my voice heard. I might vote early to avoid the rush in two weeks.

Smack in the middle of my deliberations, the news bulletin broke my concentration. Terrorists struck north of the border. Another example of why North Americans must pay attention. Free societies are under attack.

Yes, as any historian worth his or her keyboard knows, World War III is well under way. I’m repeating myself, gentle reader, but facts are facts; and there is fear to fear.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