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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

DENNIS PATRICK: PEASANT MENTALITY

What happens when our national leaders divide rather than unite Americans; when leaders no longer inspire a sense of pride in the people? To put it another way, what happens…...

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

DENNIS PATRICK: HUXLEY V. ORWELL - LOVING OPPRESSION

The evolution of contemporary American culture holds a fascination for many. They can observe the ebb and flow in their own lifetime. In a democracy, or even in a republic,…...

Monday, September 13, 2010

DENNIS PATRICK: REAL NEWS GONE MISSING

So much that passes for news these days is utterly inconsequential. It’s no wonder so many people lose interest in the mainstream media. News as entertainment becomes standard fare. Media…...

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

DENNIS PATRICK: BACK TO SCHOOL

“School days, school days                         Dear old Golden Rule days,          Readin’ and ‘riting and ‘rithmetic                         Taught to the tune of the hick’ry stick.”   Those were the days.…...

Friday, August 13, 2010

DENNIS PATRICK: AMERICA’S POET—JAMES WHITCOMB RILEY

When kids return to school and harvest begins, can autumn be far behind? Shorter days and cooler nights signal summer’s end.             It’s not too soon to think of autumn…...

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

DENNIS PATRICK: MY IDENTITY WAS STOLEN!

It will never happen to me. But it did. Identity theft is real, ongoing and knows no bounds. A thief, or thieves, stole my name, social security number and birth…...

Thursday, July 29, 2010

DENNIS PATRICK: IS THE DEMISE OF THE MEDIA SUICIDE?

Night settles on the charade of media neutrality and objectivity. News coverage has been anything but neutral. Today the bias is more blatant than ever.   Something many of us…...

Monday, July 26, 2010

DENNIS PATRICK: TRUE CONSERVATISM

A recent headline last proclaimed: “Conservatives Still Outnumber Moderates, Liberals.” The Gallup/USA Today poll concluded 43% Americans describe themselves as conservative, 35% moderate and 20% liberal. What really caught my…...

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

DENNIS PATRICK: MYTHS OF ENERGY INDEPENDENCE

Freedom from foreign oil has an intrinsic emotional appeal. Alternatively, there is something admirable about a skeptic who, with reasoned observations, challenges conventional wisdom and crowd mentality.             As it…...

Thursday, June 24, 2010

DENNIS PATRICK: MYTHS OF ENERGY INDEPENDENCE

Freedom from foreign oil has an intrinsic emotional appeal. Alternatively, there is something admirable about a skeptic who, with reasoned observations, challenges conventional wisdom and crowd mentality. As it was…...

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

DENNIS PATRICK: BAD ECONOMICS AND THE BROKEN WINDOW FALLACY

The seen versus the unseen--. This is the essence of the sleight-of-hand game played by politicians and policy makers with constituents at all levels of government. That’s what TARP, the…...

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

DENNIS PATRICK: ISLAM DISPLACES CHRISTIANITY

England is officially a Christian nation. The Queen, as head of the Church of England, is sworn to uphold the laws of God and the true profession of the Gospel.…...

Friday, June 04, 2010

DENNIS PATRICK: GRACKLES GET SQUIRRELLY

Commentary on the passing scene holds a fascination for many. A slight change of pace from the usual fare, however, is warranted at times. Being a Johnny One Note can…...

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

DENNIS PATRICK: BONUS ARMY, NORTH DAKOTA BUDGET & HISTORICAL PARALLEL

Whether history repeats itself may be debated. That history parallels itself is self-evident. Serious times are brewing. Times of grave economic tension foment unrest and America’s predicament today is certainly…...

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

DENNIS PATRICK: OBAMACARE CONSEQUENCES—UNINTENDED AND OTHERWISE

A type of unintended consequence occurs when a law or regulation is established with the intent of promoting some good or positive result -- and then backfires. The unintended consequence…...

Thursday, April 15, 2010

DENNIS PATRICK: THE GREAT FISCAL IRRESPONSIBILITY COMMISSION

Now that congress, including North Dakota’s congressional delegation, voted us into a catastrophic fiscal hole, everyone agrees reducing the national debt is a good thing.   But wait! Didn’t Obama,…...

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

DENNIS PATRICK: MEDICARE’S DOCTOR FEE CUT

Effective April 1, 2010, a 21% fee cut in Medicare reimbursement to doctors went into effect. While senators and congressmen on Easter vacation fanned out across the country selling the…...

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

DENNIS PATRICK: MILITARY VETERANS AND HEALTH CARE OVERHAUL

Massive health care overhaul is a “done deal” despite its unpopularity. One group is particularly concerned about their future medical care and the impact of the health care overhaul bill.…...

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

DENNIS PATRICK: ZERO & THE SUM OF IT ALL

Zero is a strange number. Zero can also be dangerous. On September 21, 1997, the USS Yorktown, a missile cruiser off the coast of Virginia, shut down unexpectedly. She went…...

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

DENNIS PATRICK: CONSERVATIVISM RISING

The latest manifestation of vestigial conservatism comes in the form of the Tea Party movement. The noun “conservative” signifies guardian or defender, the essence of a conservator. Leaderless at the…...

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

DENNIS PATRICK: OLYMPIC GAMES A METAPHOR FOR LIFE

The 2010 Winter Olympics are over and what a time it was. The pursuit for excellence goes on. No commentator can spin the reality of success. Competition is what it…...

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

DENNIS PATRICK: DEMISE OF GLOBAL WARM-MONGERING

Picking the right word to explain manmade climate change is tough. Ruse. Charade. Fraud. Scary. Sham. Bogus. Deceit. Ploy. Trick. Phony. Belief that infinitesimally small man can change climate is…...

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

DENNIS PATRICK: BIPARTISANSHIP GAME

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…...

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

DENNIS PATRICK: APPROACHING QUADRILLION BUDGET!

So many -illions. Millions. Billions. Trillions. What’s next? Try quadrillion. That would be a “1” with 15 zeros behind it. Get used to it. It will soon be part of…...

Monday, February 01, 2010

DENNIS PATRICK: PRESIDENT OBAMA AND PHONY POPULISM

Sometime between Martin Luther King Day and Groundhog Day America is rescued from winter’s doldrums by the spectacle of the president’s State of the Union speech. This year’s presidential delivery…...

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

DENNIS PATRICK: “THE WORLD AT WAR”—AN EPIC HISTORY

As Christmas 2009 fades, the tangible “stuff” lingers on to join in other “things” as reminders of Christmases past. In particular one item given to me this year is a…...

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

DENNIS PATRICK: A DISQUIETING HERITAGE

A new addition to our extended family arrived in early December and, consequently, added a new round of Christmas memories. Our son and his wife were blessed with a new…...

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

DENNIS PATRICK: A PARLIAMENT OF WHORES

Focus hard enough and the assertion of government impropriety runs clear and deep. In P.J. O’Rourke’s book “A Parliament of Whores” he humorously lambastes government in general, and politicians in…...

Monday, December 14, 2009

DENNIS PATRICK: POLITICAL TIGHTROPE, MILITARY FACT

On December 1, 2009, President Obama delivered his Afghanistan surge speech at West Point. Four days later, on December 5, Adjunct Professor of International Affairs, General Barry R. McCaffrey (U.S.…...

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

DENNIS PATRICK: DORGAN, CONRAD, POMEROY - GOVERNING WITHOUT RESPONSIBILITY OR CONSEQUENCES

Random bits and pieces from the passing scene make an eye-catching collage. Health care legislation in its various forms considered by the senate contains various provisions Senator Conrad vows not…...

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