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Friday, February 16, 2018

DENNIS PATRICK: EVOLUTION OF A POWERFUL CENTRAL GOVERNMENT

Every generation must learn eternal truths for itself or lose perspective of its heritage. God, after all, has no grand kids. The first and foremost concern of the American founders…...

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

DENNIS PATRICK: THE HEALTH CARE LIAR MIRE

We live in challenging, even turbulent, times. Sorting out fact from fiction, truth from lies, adds to the challenge. Take health care for example. The fix is far from in.…...

Thursday, January 25, 2018

DENNIS PATRICK: REFLECTING ON CONSERVATISM

Now is as good a time as any to reflect on conservatism. At heart, most people are conservative. Observe how assiduously they manage their families and finances. Consider their preferences…...

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

DENNIS PATRICK: SELF-INTEREST AND CLASSIC CAPITALISM

Those prone to castigate capitalism as a greed-based economic system would do well to look past demagoguery and invoke objectivity. Historical precedent will help. Alexis de Tocqueville is one of…...

Thursday, January 11, 2018

DENNIS PATRICK: TRUMP’S ACCOMPLISHMENTS THE MEDIA WON’T TELL YOU

An article in the New York Times Magazine titled “55 Ways Donald Trump Structurally Changed America in 2017” written by Nick Tabor and published December 21, 2017, inadvertently illustrates President…...

Monday, January 08, 2018

DENNIS PATRICK: WHAT A DIFFERENCE A MILLENNIA MAKES

A quote for the passage of time: “Lost yesterday, somewhere between sunrise and sunset, two golden hours, each set with sixty diamond minutes. No reward is offered for they are…...

Thursday, January 04, 2018

DENNIS PATRICK: A CHRISTMAS POSTSCRIPT - 2017

Gifts admired, feasting over, clutter gone and the house made tidy. Christmas 2017 fades and the New Year dawns. For the believing Christian, Christmas is never over. It only marks…...

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

DENNIS PATRICK: MEASURING MORALITY

An old acquaintance of mine, Colonel Jim Ammerman, retired from the Army as a chaplain. Notably, after retiring from the Army he and his wife, Charlene, founded the Chaplaincy of…...

Monday, December 18, 2017

DENNIS PATRICK: POLITICAL SEX SCANDALS – OUR RECENT HISTORY

Tumult and turbulence roil the otherwise serene political landscape. Not! Sex scandals are hardly new in the political realm and America has seen her fair share over the past few…...

Friday, October 27, 2017

DENNIS PATRICK: THE PASSING SCENE

In the mid-1960s a psychiatrist named Dr. Eric Berne wrote a popular rendition of transactional analysis titled “Games People Play: The Psychology of Human Relationships.” His special area of investigation…...

Thursday, October 19, 2017

DENNIS PATRICK: THE RUSSIANS DID IT!

According to the narrative manufactured by the Democrat left, promoted by the liberal media and never challenged by the Republican never-Trumpers, the duly elected President Trump won the 2016 campaign…...

Thursday, September 28, 2017

DENNIS PATRICK: THE RULING CLASS HAS NO CLASS

Column: The Passing SceneBy: Dennis M. PatrickDate: September 22, 2017THE RULING CLASS HAS NO CLASS I am back after a brief hiatus. Thank you for your patience and loyalty. Please…...

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…...

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