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Thursday, April 19, 2018

DENNIS PATRICK: JOHN BOLTON AS NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR

President Trump appointed former UN Ambassador John Bolton as his National Security Advisor effective April 9, 2018. He replaces Lieutenant General H. R. McMaster. Bolton becomes Trump’s third National Security…...

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

DENNIS PATRICK: IS COFFEE REALLY A FOOD GROUP?

We are a family of coffee drinkers. Everyone drinks coffee. With or without; hot or cold; morning, noon and night there is always coffee on hand. “Let’s have coffee” is…...

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

DENNIS PATRICK: OMNIBUS BILL SABOTAGES TRUMP’S AGENDA

President Trump signed a gargantuan $1.3 trillion spending bill, an omnibus bill, on March 23, 2018 averting a government shutdown. The giant spending bill expires September 30 and President Trump…...

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

DENNIS PATRICK: THREE CHEERS FOR 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…...

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

DENNIS PATRICK: NO TRANSPARANCY IS THE DEFINITION OF THE DEEP STATE

What is the Deep State? The term describes a faction of mid to high level government officials that intentionally influences state policy and undermines the efforts of democratically elected leadership.…...

Thursday, March 15, 2018

DENNIS PATRICK: T’IS ST. PAT’S DAY FOR SURE

Limericks from Limerick; blarney from Killarney; leprechauns, pots of gold, shamrocks, and shillelaghs. Watch out! Wear green on St. Patrick’s Day or get pinched! On St. Patrick’s Day there is…...

Thursday, March 08, 2018

DENNIS PATRICK: AMERICA’S RULLERS

Who rules America? Our rulers are Democrats and Republicans followed by Independent wannabes. Our rulers encompass a wide array including the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government at the…...

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

DENNIS PATRICK: OUR TWEETING PRESIDENT

Obsession -- The domination of one’s thoughts or feelings by a persistent idea, image, desire. Obsession is the best way to describe the media’s fixation on the destruction of President…...

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…...

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