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The Tentacle

Harry M. Covert

March 22, 2018
Where’s the Snow Button?
Harry M. Covert

In my neck of the woods the first day of Spring arrived rather nicely. That is snow, the white stuff, fell indiscriminately. It was fun to watch. And, it’s March.

March 20, 2018
No Protestors to Bridge Collapse, Bombings
Harry M. Covert

With some fear and trepidation, recent horrors are leading to some questions, however indelicate, as to how bombs and shootings can be eradicated so we can return to a semblance of civil order.

March 15, 2018
Correct Shameful Management
Harry M. Covert

It was mighty encouraging to hear that Mr. President is finally getting the cabinet members he really needs. We’re led to believe a few more department heads will get the heave-ho in the immediate future.

March 13, 2018
When Skipping Class was Fun
Harry M. Covert

On second thought, maybe the national students’ walkout tomorrow, Wednesday, a month after the Valentine’s Day disaster in Parkland, Florida, may be a good thing.

March 8, 2018
The Order of the Day
Harry M. Covert

All this malarkey, underway every which way we turn, has become full blown hogwash. I’m waiting for someone to put a muzzle on the ongoing nonsensical babbling.

March 6, 2018
A Senator Spouts Tripe
Harry M. Covert

It goes without saying, public and private schools do care about the safety of students. That response always comes immediately after tragedies unfold into astonishment, anger and total loss at prevention.

February 27, 2018
Why Protect the Outlaws?
Harry M. Covert

It’s not an idle thought. I’m wondering if the entire nation has gone berserk? Does everybody really want to fight, mostly verbal, or just have a good old-fashioned fistfight?

February 23, 2018
Learning Life’s Lessons
Harry M. Covert

The trend these days is to appoint high schoolers to school boards. What a nice thought and fad. Really though, are teenagers ready for such input in the learning process?

February 20, 2018
The Vital On-Going Search
Harry M. Covert

Amidst the ongoing national mourning of the latest shooting massacre, this time at a Parkland, Florida, high school, the blame game is running amok and out of control.

February 15, 2018
The Cloak of Free Speech
Harry M. Covert

Recent moments of reverie in the form of contemplation brought about some answers for all the bamboozling, hornswaggling and general twattling — mischief — tearing up and dividing the land.

February 13, 2018
Celebrating Fat Tuesday
Harry M. Covert

Let’s take a break from solving the inescapable problems of the world. There’s no doubt they never end. What the heck, for full disclosure or rather transparency as the popular saying today goes, today is Fat Tuesday.

February 9, 2018
The Coup under Wraps?
Harry M. Covert

It may be time to put all of the national unrest into perspective. Actually it seems as though the ongoing hating and, um, resistance is merely an effort for a never before coup d'état attempt.

February 6, 2018
Picking the Winners
Harry M. Covert

A few days before Sunday’s Super Bowl, I saw the story in which several Eagles players had decided not to attend any White House honors program for the football champions, if they won.

February 1, 2018
The Thrill of Victory
Harry M. Covert

Along with four-and-a-half million others, I couldn’t resist watching the State of the Union performance. It was something to behold and gave hope to the nation and the world.

January 30, 2018
Verbal Bullies, Loose Lips
Harry M. Covert

This is going to be a rather delicate essay. It has to be. First and foremost, epithets in any setting are out of line. They are verbal bullying to youngsters and adults alike.

January 25, 2018
Crimes and Murders Still Popular
Harry M. Covert

It’s no laughing matter, but Baltimore’s latest police commissioner has been sacked. The reason was a bit surprising. He didn’t reduce violent crimes, which last year included 343 murders. The per capita record for Charm City.

January 23, 2018
The Pusillanimous Politicians
Harry M. Covert

With all disrespect to the so-called law makers, the recent debacle can be described as anti-American and the witlings, the wisenheimers if you will, have set the worst examples of leadership in recent years.

January 16, 2018
From Leavenworth to Senate?
Harry M. Covert

That anomalies are everywhere in the political world goes without saying. Lots of hopefuls jump on bandwagons merely for publicity and shock value. Public amnesia in far too many cases allows some to succeed at the risk of the general good.

January 11, 2018
Noble, Ignoble Efforts
Harry M. Covert

In this land of oxymorons, time is ripe for remembrance of The Noble Experiment, that day 96 years ago next week when boozing went underground, and lots of Americans became full-fledged criminals.

January 9, 2018
Call a Doctor, Please
Harry M. Covert

I have to admit I’ve been to the White House many times. Remember, it’s not bragging if you can do it – or did it. Well, now!

January 4, 2018
Real Breaking News
Harry M. Covert

Breaking News! Alerts! Bulletins! Heavens to Betsy! I’m not scribbling for the teevee newsreaders. Stay with me gentle hearts, we’re zooming like a ray gun from Captain Video and Tom Corbett into 2018.

January 2, 2018
Can we all be nice? No!
Harry M. Covert

Here we go. No more promises, or pontifications, resolving to do better in this and that. For the next 363 days the outlook is magnificent. Can we just be nice.

December 28, 2017
Rookies at the Bat
Harry M. Covert

We’re counting the days. No, not for the bogus impeachment talk from all the losers who have nothing worthwhile to say. The latter are one-note players, for sure.

December 26, 2017
Money Doesn’t Buy Peace
Harry M. Covert

Now, the glorious day after Merry Christmas. How about that? Sure sounds better than winter festival and other neutered descriptions from incontinents who have nothing better to do than try to destroy traditions and history.

December 21, 2017
Thanks for Christmas and Readers
Harry M. Covert

In this season of giving, what could be more appropriate than to thank the wise readers of the The Tentacle for taking time to follow these stories?

December 19, 2017
Good times in the mountains
Harry M. Covert

The top law officer of the nation described a “wonderful weekend” at the Naval Support Facility in Thurmont, Maryland. He wasn’t on a destroyer. Naturally it’s impossible in the Catoctin Mountains.

December 14, 2017
A Modern Fort Sumter
Harry M. Covert

Whew! At the risk of being smart alecky, the news can now be reported far and wide that the South isn’t going to rise again.

December 12, 2017
All Eyes Down South
Harry M. Covert