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The Tentacle

Harry M. Covert

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

It would be remiss not to point out today is 25 Keslev on the Hebrew calendar. We can all say Happy Hanukkah as the eight days of the Festival of Lights starts at sunset.

December 7, 2017
Moving in the Holy Land
Harry M. Covert

It’s about time. Finally, the “eternal capitol” of the State of Israel is recognized as Jerusalem. The move of the United States Embassy from Tel Aviv to the recognized seat of government is underway.

December 5, 2017
Jealousy Runs Amok
Harry M. Covert

Hatred has become the order of the day. Without question, when rank and file citizens resort to such animosity because elections didn’t result in their hopes, the time has come to re-think their good sense if there is any such thing remaining.

November 28, 2017
Unseemly Manners in the Capitol
Harry M. Covert

Has the nation figured out that the country’s real problems lie in the Capitol Building? Apparently lots of citizens have had no clue until lately as leaders’ public and private lives have been bared. Blemishes of the heretofore legislative bodies are laid before the entire 50-states plus all the territories and the world.

November 23, 2017
On This Day of Thanks
Harry M. Covert

Vittles in all forms are the stars today. There are so many variations on this treasured Thanksgiving that the troubles and trials can likely be set aside for joys of families large and small.

November 21, 2017
Is Shoplifting Still a Crime?
Harry M. Covert

The right of free speech is, in all probability, the most cherished privilege in American society. Every person can say almost anything without fear at any time, no matter how silly, foolish, erudite, meaningful or profane.

November 16, 2017
The Big Story Fiasco
Harry M. Covert

Far be it here to condone in any way, shape, or form the sexual misconduct so loudly and broadly on public display these days.

November 9, 2017
Belittling the Believers
Harry M. Covert

Tragedies in Sutherland Springs, Texas, and a week before in New York City are further evidence Divine intervention is a must to straighten out the creeping cancer of evil befalling the blessed nation named USA.


November 3, 2017
Profiling and Shaving
Harry M. Covert

The idea of profiling by law enforcement always raises hackles. How dare investigators look for criminals, who act suspicious and when they think no one is watching or closed circuit video is having a good look?

October 31, 2017
The Exploding News
Harry M. Covert