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The Tentacle

Harry M. Covert

May 18, 2017
Can We Survive Drivel, Piffle & Twaddle
Harry M. Covert

It's time to turn a deaf ear to the cacophony of tintabulations, you know the loopy bell ringers in Washington whose dying duty is to try and remove the sitting president. Won't work.

May 16, 2017
Are You Ready for Local Campaigns?
Harry M. Covert

The electioneering season is now well underway again in Frederick County and city. On the surface all seems smooth, but underneath heavy duty plans have been under way, and everybody is lining up for what may well be an exciting knock-down and drag-out season.

May 11, 2017
Visit Mr. Hoover's Ghost
Harry M. Covert

The current bumptiousness ongoing among the nation's elite – the know-it-all's – is something to behold and brings more cause to be concerned about the country's health.

May 4, 2017
Kicking the Cans, Rising Tides
Harry M. Covert

Usually, people who enjoy marching, I mean walking, in so-called protest activities only benefit from news coverage. With all of the real ongoing tragedies throughout the planet, global warming or climate change is one of those feel-good issues of no consequence at the moment.

April 27, 2017
History, Maturity and Secession
Harry M. Covert

Three items are on today's agenda. As has been mentioned so many times in these parts, memorials of Confederate personages continue to be written out of history, as if the antebellum and reconstruction periods never occurred.

April 24, 2017
A City Manager for Frederick? No!
Harry M. Covert

There is a lot of humor in all areas for political watchers. To those keeping ears and eyes attuned to goings on at city and town halls throughout Frederick County, the guffaws are abundant.

April 20, 2017
Chaos Becoming the Landscape
Harry M. Covert

Let's talk about chaos. No, not the James Bond movie but the mobocracy, or bedlam, or pandemonium, or unruliness underway throughout the land. Add to these ill-manners, no etiquette and plain and simple indiscriminate crime.

April 14, 2017
Bail Bonds a Public Service
Harry M. Covert

The Maryland bail bond industry has been under assault in the legislature. Apparently, lots of public servants have benefitted. It must be noted many people have been able to get out of jail while their cases are adjudicated.

April 11, 2017
Gravitas and 'Messages'
Harry M. Covert

I lost count of the times in the past few days I heard and read that "Mr. Trump finally became president," that he "has sent a message" and "there's a new sheriff in town."

April 7, 2017
Gassing vs. Bombs and Bullets
Harry M. Covert

I am commiserating with the ongoing tragedy in Syria. Incredibly, the chemical warfare that killed so many innocents has far surpassed the pale of evil some have called war crimes.

April 4, 2017
When Muckrakers Were In
Harry M. Covert

Like political aficionados all around these days, naïveté among the masses is rather overwhelming. To begin with, frequent world travelers know all this alleged hysteria about Russian interference doesn't amount to a hill of beans.

March 31, 2017
Yes, New Candidate Rules, et al
Harry M. Covert

Now, here's a potpourri of the hottest news collected by extreme vetting, stealth work from special correspondents, leakers extraordinaire and generally accepted experts without portfolios and non-Internet users.

March 30, 2017
The Challenge of School Days
Harry M. Covert

It is almost impossible to honestly discuss the constant disturbing troubles facing students, teachers and administrators in today's school systems. This is a dramatic time of widespread care and concern.

March 27, 2017
'Pusillanimous Pests' in Annapolis
Harry M. Covert

My habit when researching anything about Maryland has always been to look at history of Charm City and then Annapolis, where lots of smart people are loitering. Unfortunately they hang around in the State House on the assumption they have the best intentions for citizens of the Free State.

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