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Pat Allen
I am a retired corporate lawyer, living in the Chicago suburbs, with a wife and two adult children.
Interests: Current events, the Cubs, reading, history, New Zealand
Recent Activity
The United States is starting work on a missile that will violate the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty signed by Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev in 1987. The reason we are doing this is because Russia is already violating the agreement,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The View from Right Field
In an interview with Mother Jones published yesterday, Hillary Clinton said, “there are lots of questions about [the] legitimacy” of last year’s presidential election. Former Secretary of State Clinton cited both Russian interference and alleged voter suppression in places like... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The View from Right Field
Megan McArdle writes an excellent column on the allegations of sexual harassment that are coming out. She asks: “As the accusations of sexual harassment snowball, how ready are we for the consequences of rewriting the sexual rulebook so drastically, all... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The View from Right Field
In The Washington Post’s article on Richard Cordray’s resignation yesterday as head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ("CFPB"), the Post said: “It also comes just a month after the CFPB suffered a major rebuke from Republicans in Congress who... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The View from Right Field
I have said this before, but it probably needs to be said again: Strict gun control laws1 are not going to stop mass shootings in the United States – for at least two reasons. First, regardless of how obvious such... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2017 at The View from Right Field
In Saturday’s Wall Street Journal, Peggy Noonan wrote of the good that is coming from what appears to be society’s understanding, at last, of the harm and wrongness of sexual harassment. But she also warned, “[t]he challenge is to pursue... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2017 at The View from Right Field
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Every year at Halloween, Linus waits in the pumpkin patch for the Great Pumpkin to appear. And every year, so far, the Great Pumpkin has failed to come. In today’s paper, Lucy urges Linus to forget the Great Pumpkin, to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2017 at The View from Right Field
In the campaign last year, Donald Trump pledged that he would “drain the swamp” in Washington. I don’t know how well he has done in that regard,1 but Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller seems to be doing his bit. The indictments... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2017 at The View from Right Field
While the rest of the country is consumed by reports of what Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller has done so far and speculation as to what he might do next,1 let me talk about a different subject: Donald Trump and predictability.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2017 at The View from Right Field
“Martin Luther’s 500th Anniversary” refers, of course, to the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther nailing his 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany, on October 31, 1517. This date and this act are usually seen... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2017 at The View from Right Field
Most people think, maybe even assume, that Donald Trump will not be re-elected in 2020, assuming he is still in office at that point. But then, most of the people who think Donald Trump can’t win re-election in 2020, didn’t... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2017 at The View from Right Field
Based on reports in The Washington Post Tuesday evening, we now know that the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign gave money to a law firm, who gave money to a political opposition research firm, who gave money... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2017 at The View from Right Field
In announcing his decision not to run for re-election today, Senator Jeff Flake (R, Ariz) said: “It is clear at this moment that a traditional conservative who believes in limited government and free markets, who is devoted to free trade,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2017 at The View from Right Field
First, so the National League West gets a World Series to itself and the American League gets left out. Other than feeling bad for Starlin Castro, now of the Yankees (Starlin deserves to play in a World Series), that’s fine... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2017 at The View from Right Field
It probably speaks to how good the Cubs have become (who would have thought Cubs fans would ever be able to say that), that Thursday night’s game against the Dodgers felt so bad. In 1998, the Cubs were swept in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2017 at The View from Right Field
As those who read this blog probably know, I do not go around defending Donald Trump very often. However, I am not going to pile on with respect to President Trump’s call to the widow of one of the soldiers... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2017 at The View from Right Field
While controversies have risen regarding what Donald Trump said or didn’t say to parents on service members killed overseas, let me go back to something that happened earlier this week. On Monday night, Senator John McCain talked of the good... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2017 at The View from Right Field
I was a little hesitant about quoting this Yogi-ism since it is from 1973 (which was actually a worse season than 1969 {and here} and Yogi was the manager of the Hated Mets that year). But when it’s right, it’s... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2017 at The View from Right Field
Donald Trump couldn’t get Congress to do what he wanted on Obamacare, so he has issued an executive order to try to accomplish much the same thing. Hmmm. I wonder where he got the idea to do that? Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2017 at The View from Right Field
The whole country (or at least that part of it watching the fifth game of the NLDS on TBS last night) now knows what Cubs fans at the Sunday, August 20, 2017, game against the Toronto Blue Jays already knew:... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2017 at The View from Right Field
Cook County, Illinois, was the largest governmental body in the country to pass a “pop tax,” aka soda tax. (Cook County’s tax was not just on sugared pop1, but diet pop, too – it was on “sweetened beverages” – but... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2017 at The View from Right Field
After the first day of the battle of Shiloh, in April of 1862, General William Tecumseh Sherman came up to Ulysses S. Grant, commander of the Union forces at Shiloh, and said: “Well, Grant, we’ve had the devil’s own day,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2017 at The View from Right Field
For those who saw Donald Trump’s Twitter tirade against Senator Bob Corker (R, TN) this morning (and here and here) and think that at least he’ll be gone in 2020: Be careful what you assume will happen. President Trump, and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2017 at The View from Right Field
Cubs fans have been so focused on their own curses, all of which ended last November 2 at 11:47 pm central time, that they may not have realized other teams have curses, too. Even teams as young as the Washington... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2017 at The View from Right Field
When Barack Obama was president, his default position on taxes was that the “rich” should pay more. According to President Obama, the rich needed to pay their fair share. He never said what percentage or amount equaled their fair share,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2017 at The View from Right Field