Deliberate Chaos

By Michael Patrick, Ph.D. We saw the reckless, deliberate, and inexcusable chaos in Afghanistan. It’s even harder to watch when it unfolds along the Texas border, but drone images don’t…

Dr. Strangelove

By Michael Patrick, Ph.D. America’s enemies see what’s happening; they don’t need a wild general secretly blurting his fears behind the president’s back to America’s adversaries like in some Dr.…

Segregated and Sanctioned

By Michael Patrick, Ph.D. Headline: Alabama Doctor Refuses to Treat Unvaccinated COVID Patients-Newsweek Brilliant and insightful remarks below byThe bloodiest trick of history is that subjugation and genocides are closer…

Help Us, Obewan 😎

By Michael Patrick, Ph.D. Watching the morning news, I feel like I’ve fallen into a dangerously surreal Star Wars movie. Not only in the prescribed unraveling of America, but across…

Remembering Barbara

Ethel and I hosted Barbara Olson and her husband Ted (not pictured) at the White House Correspondents Dinner in Spring, 2001. Barbara and Ethel become long-distance prayer friends. Barbara’s husband…

Pseudo-Leaders

By Michael Patrick, Ph.D. Pseudo-leaders: Officials who behave badly toward you and think more highly of themselves than they ought to think. “Patience growing thin,” Joe? It’s September 11th. How…

Autocracy Rising

By Michael Patrick, Ph.D. Since when did a little autocratic rule hurt anyone? Be careful what you wish for, America.

Command and Control.

By Michael Patrick, Ph.D. Well, look at that! I guess that settles THAT. All federal employees must be vaccinated. A chief executive orders something done so that should end any…

St. Jude Points

By Michael Patrick, Ph.D. Expats carry reputations, good and bad, as adventurous souls. Truthfully, we get by in tough situations by God’s graces and with a little help from our…

The Last Word

By Michael Patrick, Ph. D. Sometimes, you shouldn’t leave your job quietly. Things must be said for those not able to speak up. Funniest and best “goodbye” letter I’ve read…

What They Don’t Dare Say

By Michael Patrick, Ph.D. Similar to phenomenon now in highly-vaccinated Israel, 87 percent of Ireland is vaccinated, ywt it has the highest Covid rate in the European Union. Read and…

Shang Chi and Awkwafina

By Michael Patrick, Ph.D. Saw Marvel’s latest, Shang Chi, on opening night. Awkwafina really delivered one of the best Marvel foils, brilliant casting as the funny and very relatable girlfriend.…

Indivisible With Liberty?

By Michael Patrick, Ph.D. Tens if thousands of westerners are protesting weekly now in Canada, France, Australia, the United States, and other countries about vaccine passports and such to conduct…

Distorted Images

By Michael Patrick, Ph.D. Politics and politicians are often only the oddest caricatures of real people. We shouldn’t ever mistake them as a fair representative of the normal working class…

And the Winner is…..

By Michael Patrick, Ph.D. Watch how slowly the news media jumps up to identify the biggest winners in Uncle Joe Biden’s Afghanistan debacle. In the bigger picture, the outcomes are…

A Mindset of Defeat

By Michael Patrick, Ph.D. America’s present leaders are such an odd bunch. For example, from this morning’s headlines: Word has it that Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D.-Ca.) blocked the honorary reading…

The Tide

America has taken a treacherous path—one its people chose and one chosen for it. The church must look quickly to its own vitality, prepare, and intercede for the weak and…

Only Murders In The Building

I’ve been sulking since breakfast —a tinge homesick— that I can’t walk through Central Park and relish the leaves turning this season.I click online, expecting to find a dry well…

Backdrops

As a journalist, I enjoy watching people in their daily lives and places. They drift by almost without one noticing. Make yourself slow down on ordinary days and remember those…

Be Careful What You Ask For

By Michael Patrick, Ph.D. America’s southern border was collapsed deliberately, and hundreds of Americans and close supporters are deliberately left behind in enemy hands.If this is what a majority of…

Mask or No Mask

By Michael Patrick, Ph.D. We argue, and fight, and call each other names. Do our masks really protect us? Jesus was challenged for his “unwashed” disciples, who did not obey…

Spies Afoot!

Last month, I injured a foot by standing around on hard concrete floors for two hours at a KGB facility. Suddenly, I’m getting flooded with ads for compression socks. Who…

“Open wide, Grandpa!”

Michael Patrick, Ph.D. How’s your sense of humor today? 😜No kidding, I’ve been reading and translating a lot of “wokester” this year, and I’ve deciphered that eating steaks, burgers, and…

“I’ve been instructed…”

Michael Patrick, Ph.D. Inspirational Leadership Word of the Day: “Instructed.” When American soldiers are blown up and many others killed, thousands more lives are at stake, Americans are left stranded,…

The Rest of the Story

By Michael Patrick, Ph.D. Why does Afghanistan appear such a puzzle in the news? At the moment: Misdirection. The American public is loaded with questions and they get few honest…

Misdirection

By Michael Patrick, Ph.D. Why did the U.S. government strand 10-15,000 Americans?Why the immediate rush and chaos?Who has relied on “plausible deniability”?Who really WINS and who really LOSES ?How was…

The “Car Keys” Talk

By Michael Patrick, Ph.D. ABC News tried editing an on-camera interview with President Joe Biden this past week, clearly to help him appear more lucid, but their PR effort only…

Mass Brainwashing

By Michael Patrick, Ph.D. America’s enemies don’t need to worry anymore. We are devouring our own. Our culture and our society have broken down rapidly to display the most vicious…

China and Afghanistan

By Michael Patrick, Ph.D. The last time I was on a Beijing television program was Jan. 7th, the day after the Capitol Hill protest, to explain what was happening. Some…

“Winter is Coming“

Michael Patrick, Ph.D. Freedom to buy and sellFreedom of movementFreedom of associationFreedom of assemblyFreedom of travelFreedom of worshipFreedom of educationFreedom of artFreedom to speak as you wishFreedom of dialogueFreedom in…

Winter is Coming

By Michael Patrick, Ph.D. It takes a lifetime to learn that some of the most tragic things in life come when a person or people get what they’ve asked for…

Flying Solo

Flying solo on a Sunday. Found a new coffee shop with Arwen working as a barista. Checked out a small local congregation offering Lithuanian and English translation, sprinkled with a…

Next Adventure

By Michael Patrick, Ph.D. One of my favorite adventures involves travel by train. October. That’s when I will likely make my next great escape. In “Casablanca,” it took letters of…

The Dependency Clause

By Michael Patrick, Ph.D. My body, my choice? One side likes to assert that governments should not be in control of decisions about our bodies. The other side insists that…

Captive Nations

Coming soon to a nation near you? A lone case in capital city Canberra forces week-long lockdown of 427,000 people.

Netflix and Coming Covid Attractions

Speaking of unemployment… Big organizations are following their leaders and firing good employees who haven’t succumbed to threats to sign up for the next regimen of experimental vaccines. Also, Americans…

Smuggling for Harley

The worst that ever happened to me as a teenager in a movie theater was getting attacked from behind by a very big guy and landing in the ER with…

The Lights Have Changed

Time slips by. Sometimes, amid the chaos, we miss the drum beat of the inevitable. Our bodies were once our own and drugs our experiment. A few said one day…