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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…...

Monday, November 30, 2009

DENNIS PATRICK: SILENCE ON THE EPHEMERAL HOAX OF GLOBAL WARMING

The credibility of manmade global warming, or anthropogenic global warming (AGW), hangs in the balance.   Hoax. Scam. Fraud. Deception. Quackery. Call it what you will. Scandal envelops the global…...

Monday, November 23, 2009

DENNIS PATRICK: THANKSGIVING 2009

Hard times tend to drive people back to basics, to their roots, to something more meaningful than temporal prosperity. Our first president and members of congress shared such an attitude.…...

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

DENNIS PATRICK: STOP THE INSANITY!

I received my letter from Congressman Earl Pomeroy last week with a convoluted explanation justifying his vote for the Affordable Health Care for America Act. In keeping with Speaker Nancy…...

Monday, November 09, 2009

DENNIS PATRICK: THE DEVIOUS HATE CRIMES LAW

President Obama signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2010 on October 28, 2009. The signing followed convoluted action by the congress. Funding all activities…...

Monday, November 02, 2009

DENNIS PATRICK: DEADLY DITHERING AND DALLYING

When enemy action kills our troops it is unfortunate.             When political dalliance and indecisiveness kills our soldiers it is inexcusable bordering on criminal.             Political decision making as the…...

Monday, October 26, 2009

DENNIS PATRICK: CLICHÉS ON THE LOOSE

Language in general, and English in particular, is fascinating and engaging. Its construction, usage and evolution offer hours for investigation. So why truncate the language when it’s possible to express…...

Monday, October 19, 2009

DENNIS PATRICK: ISLAM 101

With Islam so prevalent in today’s news, this topic warrants scrutiny. The fact is that the Muslim population worldwide is expanding and shifting. It is prudent to familiarize ourselves with…...

Monday, October 12, 2009

DENNIS PATRICK:STIMULATING OBSERVATIONS

Popular conception holds that the Obama stimulus plan will work. This is the $789 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that will ultimately cost $3.27 trillion over ten years including…...

Monday, October 05, 2009

DENNIS PATRICK:  ORAL HISTORY MILITARY STYLE

Capturing oral history from military personnel before they pass on is a noble initiative for veterans’ organizations. Gallant efforts though these are, a complementary perspective would advance these histories by…...

Monday, September 28, 2009

DENNIS PATRICK: ACORN NEWS - WHAT’S IMPORTANT, WHAT’S NOT

A story of sleaze and corruption involving a taxpayer-funded organization consisting of sex, hookers and government ties at high levels has to be a news director’s dream. Yet, this very…...

Monday, September 07, 2009

DENNIS PATRICK: BIRDS ON THE BRAIN

Labor Day traditionally spells the end of summer and the start of school. Seasons change not by calendar alone, and summer’s end is marked by bird behavior as well. Politics…...

Monday, August 31, 2009

DENNIS PATRICK: ROBERT W. SERVICE—THE POET

When slowed by an ailment, a person naturally turns to the familiar for solace. That’s what I did last week recovering from a medical procedure. I sought my old “friend,”…...

Monday, August 24, 2009

DENNIS PATRICK: HEALTH CARE CO-OPS—TRUTH AND FICTION

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Universal health care doesn’t appear to be the shoo-in it once was, but it may still become reality.…...

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