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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

DENNIS PATRICK: WHERE HAS THE SUMMER GONE?

What happened to summer? Suddenly Memorial Day and the 4th of July seem so far away. Signs of summer’s passing are all around us. Summer passed so quickly. Maybe it…...

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

DENNIS PATRICK: CONSULATION IN A CUP - COFFEE

Colombians grow it; Bedouins chew it. Africans hoe it; Americans brew it. Coffee, a third world child adopted by Americans, is without question a favorite American beverage. In my case,…...

Thursday, August 03, 2017

DENNIS PATRICK: GROUP PUNISHMENT IS UNFAIR - FAIR PLAY IS BEST

We embrace certain truths as self-evident. “Innocent until proven guilty,” for example, we take for granted reducing the moral principle to a platitude. Lessons in moral principles come in many…...

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

DENNIS PATRICIK: SUMMER, SUNSHINE AND—SKIN CANCER

Cancer. This is a powerful word. The very mention of cancer raises concern and alarm. The emotional power of this single word conjures thoughts of deadly malignancies, interminable suffering and…...

Saturday, July 22, 2017

DENNIS PATRICK: NORTH DAKOTA’S LOST INDIAN VILLAGES

It was December 6, 1738. A blue cloudless sky arched above the frigid day. A young Frenchman and several Hidatsa Indians trudged south on the bluffs overlooking the big river…...

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

DENNIS PATRICK: BOOK REVIEW OF “ALL THE KING’S MEN”

Everyone needs a summer reading program: young and old, student and professional. At some point, whether on vacation or after work on a summer’s day, time weighs heavy. It is…...

Thursday, July 06, 2017

DENNIS PATRICK: INDEPENDENCE DAY 2017

“When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume...the separate and equal…...

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

DENNIS PATRICK: THE DELPHI TECHNIQUE AND FORCED PUBLIC POLIC

Questionable public policy occasionally develops under the illusion of broad public support when in fact most of the public remains blissfully ignorant that the issue even exists. It is disconcerting…...

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

DENNIS PATRICK: ANOTHER GREAT SUMMER BOOK - P.J. O’ROURKE’S “ON THE WEALTH OF NATIONS”

Last week I “reviewed” a book about economics by P. J. O’Rourke (hereafter known as PJ) titled “Eat the Rich.” I concluded with a promise to talk about his follow-on…...

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

DENNIS PATRICK: A FUN SUMMER READ

Public schools are known for many things, but teaching economics is not one of them. Whether this situation is by design or default is equally debatable as well as a…...

Thursday, June 08, 2017

DENNIS PATRICK: CLIMATE CHANGE PHONY REPORTING

News flash: President Trump withdraws from the Paris climate accords. Why all the fuss? The accords were little more than an anti-capitalist transfer of wealth. This scheme would move billions…...

Thursday, June 01, 2017

DENNIS PATRICK: COMPREHENDING BIG BUCKS

How big is “big?” How much is 100? 1,000? Who can comprehend a million of anything? Suppose a couple celebrated 18,262 days of married life. This is a big number,…...

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

DENNIS PATRICK: REMEMBERING AMERICA’S FALLEN

On Memorial Day we honor the men and women who served their country militarily and who have passed on to their final reward. The war on terror ushered in a…...

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

DENNIS PATRICK: THE NEWS NOT AIRED

Not all news is covered by the mainstream media. Those items in particular that are omitted by editorial boards are items that do not fit the liberal progressive narrative. What…...

Friday, May 12, 2017

DENNIS PATRICK: THE DERANGED AND UNBALANCED LEFT

Since the election of President Donald Trump, and the defeat of Hillary Clinton, far too many on the left have become unhinged in ways exhibited as a certain kind of…...

Thursday, May 04, 2017

DENNIS PATRICK: GRACKLE VERSUS SQUIRREL

The running commentary on the Passing Scene holds a certain appeal for many people. Varying from the usual economic, social and political fare, however, promotes a heightened level of interest.…...

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

DENNIS PATRICK: SLAVE TALK - AGAIN?

Western Kentucky University student government voted on April 17 in favor of reparations for Black students in the form of free tuition. The resolution recommends that the university acknowledge slavery…...

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

DENNIS PATRICK: GLEANINGS OF DUMB REMARKS FROM THE LEFT

People who do not consume left wing, i.e., mainstream media, may have missed the following tidbits. "Clinton Campaign May Have Been Too Smart to Win.” – This is a headline…...

Thursday, April 13, 2017

DENNIS PATRICK: THE SIGNIFICANCE OF EASTER

Easter celebrates the most important occasion in the Christian year. Most Americans know Easter as a Christian holiday that usually falls in the month of April marking the season of…...

Thursday, April 06, 2017

DENNIS PATRICK: BURMA SHAVE FROM YEARS GONE BY

It was autumn 1949. A family drove north from Cheyenne across Wyoming headed for North Dakota. To the right-front just off the right-of-way along US Highway 85 south of Chugwater…...

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

DENNIS PATRICK: THE WONDER OF SPRING

Spring comes late to the northern plains. The fields have been clothed in drab for months. As spring struggles to free herself from winter’s icy grip that struggle has been…...

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

DENNIS PATRICK: A TRIBUTE TO THOMAS SOWELL

On December 27, 2016, exceptional economist, educator, writer and columnist Thomas Sowell published his last column. At 86 he decided to “hang it up” in favor of his hobby --…...

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

DENNIS PATRICK: SPRING IS IN THE AIR!

Last week chickadees and sparrows struggled at the feeders on a breezy, winter afternoon. Goldfinches had already started changing colors. One little critter, with his rump pointed north, took a…...

Thursday, March 02, 2017

DENNIS PATRICK: THE BATTLE OF 73 EASTING

President Trump named Lieutenant General H. R. McMaster as National Security Advisor on February 20, 2017. McMaster is a West Point graduate who earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in history…...

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

DENNIS PATRICK: THOUGHTS ON THE PASSING SCENE

Shard. A piece of ceramic, metal, glass or rock typically having sharp edges. Often enough The Passing Scene is just that -- a shard. The objective is to nick the…...

Thursday, February 16, 2017

DENNIS PATRICK: BETSY DE VOS - THE NEW SCHOOLMARM IN TOWN

On February 7, 2017, Betsy De Vos was sworn in as the 11th Secretary of Education. At the culmination of her confirmation Vice President Mike Pence had to cast the…...

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

DENNIS PATRICK: THE ANARCHISTS AMONG US

On February 1 rioters on the campus of the University of California, Berkeley caused $100,000 in damage “protesting” the scheduled speech by Milo Yiannopoulos. Milo was invited to speak by…...

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

DENNIS PATRICK: DEMOCRATS IN THE WILDERNESS

Since Donald Trump’s election Democrats, liberals and progressives slipped into denial to explain their loss. Rather than admit they have a problem and work toward a solution they contrive one…...

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

DENNIS PATRIRCK: HE IS GONE AND THAT IS GOOD

He is gone and none too soon. Former White House occupant Barack Obama flew off into the western sky Friday afternoon leaving behind the carnage of a leftist ideologue. As…...

Friday, January 20, 2017

DENNIS PATRICK: GOING COLD TURKEY – OR, HOW BIRDS SURVIVE WINTER

This winter challenges man and beast with wind chills reaching minus 45 degrees and snow over 4 feet deep. When annoying weather beyond our control makes life a bit testy,…...

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