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The Tentacle

Harry M. Covert

March 24, 2017
Illegals Find Frederick 'Friends'
Harry M. Covert

On the matter of Maryland House of Delegates Bill 1362, it opens the incredible possibility that lawbreakers and other criminals can have sanctuary from prosecution by legal authority.

March 23, 2017
Sanctuary Law and Disorder
Harry M. Covert

Will oaths of office have meaning any longer other than mere words? Certainly words, whether printed or verbal, have consequences, as do elections, particularly at the federal level.

March 16, 2017
No 'Green Eggs and Ham'
Harry M. Covert

Tradition says all who celebrate Irish heritage should report to city halls tomorrow morning. Mayors and surrogates are supposed to paint youngsters' posteriors green.

March 14, 2017
The 'Incoming Inclemency'
Harry M. Covert

At the behest of weather experts, advance precautions were made on Monday, the day of this writing, for the anticipated snow inconvenience, which may turn roadways into horrible hazards and everybody home bound. No fighting, please.

March 10, 2017
Trouble above the 38th Parallel
Harry M. Covert

Say what you will, but the gurgling is getting louder above the 38th parallel on the Korean Peninsula. There's no reason to think it's a M*A*S*H* sitcom rerun.

March 9, 2017
Girls, Girls, Women and More
Harry M. Covert

Yesterday's day designated International Women's Day, or rakishly tagged A Day Without Women, certainly was a rather foolish and empty fete.

March 6, 2017
Trumpians, Obamians and Russians
Harry M. Covert

Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The current shadow government knows apparently and is hard at work undermining the current national leadership.

March 2, 2017
The Leader Leads Big Time
Harry M. Covert

A regular reader, somewhat troubled perhaps, suggested observing Lent by giving up these epistles. He attended Ash Wednesday ceremonies and received the mark of the season. Upon reflection he asked forgiveness for his overwrought devilment.

February 27, 2017
Muses, Myths, Baseball, and Politics
Harry M. Covert

If there is a muse for politics, I've missed my Greek mythology. Of course, the myths from Hellenica were considered truth, verity and, obviously, not the American way as portrayed in these historical days.

February 24, 2017
Sanctuaries: Spiritual or Political
Harry M. Covert

If it weren't so serious, the sanctuary state or city conversations would merely be witty. Nobody is laughing anymore – and should not. Hiding lawbreakers is illegal, improper and could penalize camouflagers with penitentiary time.

February 23, 2017
Capital Punishment Revisited
Harry M. Covert

The issue of capital punishment is up for debate again at Maryland's legislature. The Annapolis lawmakers appear in another quandary as to whether to use a fatal injection, or house the eligible candidates for life.

February 21, 2017
Anonymous Sources are Good
Harry M. Covert

Now that media types, mostly on the national hookups, have established it's okay to use anonymous sources, I agree. Why not?


February 20, 2017
Reporters have Tough Jobs, too
Harry M. Covert

On this not so solemn occasion, I'll remind everybody it is Presidents Day 2017. Despite all the ongoing skullduggeries, for the fun of it, 45 men have led the nation.

February 16, 2017
Putin's Maritime Spy-boys Visit
Harry M. Covert

The Russians are coming. The Russians are coming. Let's update this. Seriously it's the "Hunt for Red February," and the vessel is 70 miles off the Delaware coast. A spy ship.

February 14, 2017
Lefty’s 'Duck Shots’ and Winning
Harry M. Covert

I was glad to see Lefty Driesell honored by the Maryland Terps over the weekend. There was a full house of fans and former players on hand for the unveiling of a big banner hanging from the rafters recognizing his 17 years and 348 wins at College Park.

February 10, 2017
Those Clever Small Print Rules
Harry M. Covert

No way will Senate Rule 19 be invoked here today. Some may suggest it would be good to do so, but I'm overruling the matter with or without portfolio.

February 7, 2017
The Thrill of Victory
Harry M. Covert

The admonition of "oh ye of little faith" sure struck us all in Sunday's Super Bowl LI (51). I quit wagering on any game of chance many years ago. Luck just never has struck any would-be games of chance for me. Never pitched pennies.

February 3, 2017
No Reason to Fear!
Harry M. Covert

Are you scared? I don't like using the word "yet," so I won't. The sky is not falling on us. The end is not near.

January 26, 2017
Executive Orders: How Nice
Harry M. Covert

Some words need to be scrapped for a while. Consider these for example: “amazing”, “great”, “wonderful”, “lies”, “left-wingers”, “right-wingers”, “progressives” and “alt-righters.” Oh, “frauds” and “pollsters,” too. There are numerous others but these will do for a short time. A respite, please.

January 24, 2017
Blowup the White House?
Harry M. Covert

So, words do matter. That is no surprise. Truly I'm tickled pink watching and hearing spoken and written words.

January 23, 2017
The March of Time
Harry M. Covert

My crack investigators have been busy. The snoopers discovered that Frederick schools apparently had no regard for the inauguration – as required by the document called The Constitution – that took place at the Capitol in Washington Friday.


January 19, 2017
Living in Glass Houses…
Harry M. Covert

Please, I don't want to sound crabby on the day before the White House gets a new occupant, but maybe I am.

January 17, 2017
Frederick's Finest Strategic Duty
Harry M. Covert

All eyes are on this exciting inauguration week in the nation's capital. Certainly the world is watching. Frederick's finest will be in strategic positions, carrying banners for the city and county.

January 16, 2017
An Afternoon with Martin
Harry M. Covert

It’s a warm June afternoon in 1962. At about 4 o’clock I was in the vestibule of the then Hampton Institute chapel. A light breeze flowed through the windows raised about 12 inches.

January 12, 2017
Merge the City and County?
Harry M. Covert

Have you heard the good news? I mean the news on the local level where many old names and a slew of new ones are movin' and groovin' to see if they can honestly make any differences in governance.

January 10, 2017
The Epidemic of Murders and Shootings
Harry M. Covert

Here it goes again. Another police officer killed on duty. One of the many sworn in the manhunt for the killer dies in pursuit.


January 9, 2017
Chicago Four: Scum of the Earth
Harry M. Covert

One of the most offensive, disgusting and hateful tweets, videos and crimes in the news occurred last week in Chicago.

January 5, 2017
New Political Hieroglyphics Coming
Harry M. Covert

There is no good reason here to resurrect events of the past 16th year of the 21st century. Neither is there any idea for resolutions over the next 12 months.

January 3, 2017
Fake or Faux News, Delightful
Harry M. Covert

The so-called public debate regarding fake news is a lot of baloney. Facts are simple to understand. Consider that faux news is a public relations professionals' delight.

December 29, 2016
No Profane Babblings
Harry M. Covert