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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
As Paul Sullivan wrote in today’s Tribune about yesterday’s Cubs game, in which the Cubs hit six home runs to come back from a 9 to 0 deficit and tie the Cincinnati Reds, only to lose 13 to 10 when... Continue reading
Posted 15 hours ago at The View from Right Field
What Donald Trump said about Venezuela last Friday was lost in all the news about what happened in Charlottesville on Saturday, and what President Trump has said about it, but I think it’s worth looking at what President Trump said... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The View from Right Field
Recently I was making copies off my DVR of some of the games from last year’s postseason. As I did so, I watched a few innings here and there, and I couldn’t help but compare how well the Cubs did... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The View from Right Field
I don’t live in California, so it is hard to keep up with what’s happening in the People’s Republic of Berkeley. Fortunately, however, River Forest is next door to Oak Park, Illinois, so I at least have that. Last week,... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The View from Right Field
I was thinking of writing a post about Donald Trump’s statements concerning North Korea. Obviously, a good part of the media (even the non-FAKE NEWS media) has been indicating some concern over what they see as the belligerence of President... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The View from Right Field
Late last month, FBI agents served a search warrant at the home of former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. Which is fine. If they think Mr. Manafort has evidence of something untoward, a search warrant is what you do.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2017 at The View from Right Field
When Vladimir Putin moved into Syria in 20151 to prop up Bashar al-Assad’s truly terrible regime, Barack Obama said Russia would get “stuck in a quagmire.” Last week, President Putin ratified an agreement, originally signed in January of this year,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2017 at The View from Right Field
In an editorial Saturday commenting on Reince Preibus’s firing by Donald Trump, The Wall Street Journal said that Mr. Trump’s “Presidency is careening toward a historic reputation where names like Jimmy Carter and Richard Nixon reside.” Hmmm, I wonder. Certainly,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2017 at The View from Right Field
Things are not going well in Afghanistan. Back in February, General John W. Nicholson, U.S. commander of the international forces in Afghanistan, said that he needed “a few thousand” more troops to reverse what he called a “stalemate” (which may... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2017 at The View from Right Field
George Orwell advised that, in the words of Timothy Garton Ash, “we should be especially critical of our own side – precisely because it is our side.”1 In that spirit let me comment on some of Donald Trump’s recent Twitter... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2017 at The View from Right Field
During the regular season last year, the Cubs had five good starters: Jon Lester (19-5, 2.44), Jake Arrieta (18-8, 3.70), Kyle Hendricks (16-8, 2.13), John Lackey (11-8, 3.35), and Jason Hammel (15-10, 3.83). But, given the way the schedule works,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2017 at The View from Right Field
I'm on a short break. I'll be back the end of July. Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2017 at The View from Right Field
It is said that economists are better at explaining why something happened in the past than predicting what will happen in the future, which is good because they are lousy at the latter. It also means that maybe, five or... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2017 at The View from Right Field
With the Cubs acquiring Jose Quintana, does that mean our slogan next year (if Kyle Hendricks is injured again) will be “Lester Quintana, Then rain on mañana.” (See here.) Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2017 at The View from Right Field
Failing with respect to North Korea is a pattern with recent presidents. Bill Clinton signed an Agreed Framework with the father of Kim Jong Un. North Korea violated it. George W. Bush seemed to be getting a little somewhere with... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2017 at The View from Right Field
I recently came across a copy of an interview with Natan Sharansky1 from 2011. Mr. Sharansky talked about the demonstrations that were going on at the time in Tunisia, Jordan, Yemen, and Egypt. (Remember the Arab Spring? It had about... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2017 at The View from Right Field
Here’s something I noticed just before the Fourth of July: On June 29, Jens Stoltenberg, Secretary General of NATO announced, after meeting with U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis, that NATO would be sending additional forces back to Afghanistan to provide... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2017 at The View from Right Field
Illinois has a budget and everybody has sighed a sigh of relief (well, not everybody, but lots of people). Taxes are up. Some changes were made, I guess (whether the changes constitute the kinds of changes that Illinois needs for... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2017 at The View from Right Field
On July 1, 1867, pursuant to the British North America Act, the colonies of Canada (which was divided into two parts, Quebec and Ontario), News Brunswick and Nova Scotia were joined together to become the Dominion of Canada. Therefore, today... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2017 at The View from Right Field
Germany has voted to legalize same-sex marriage. By a vote of 393-226, the Bundestag approved the measure today. What was most interesting to me, however, was this article in The Washington Post: “Why Angela Merkel, known for embracing liberal values,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2017 at The View from Right Field
Today is the almost-halfway mark of the season. The Cubs have played 79 games and are one game over .500 at 40-39, ½ game behind the first place Brewers (as of the time of posting). It is also the tenth... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2017 at The View from Right Field
The Supreme Court has agreed to hear one of the “right to deny service” cases. In this case, a Colorado court held that, under Colorado’s antidiscrimination law, a bakery could not refuse to sell a wedding cake to a same-sex... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2017 at The View from Right Field
That's what @LenKasper (of @lenandjd) said last night about Javier Baez. These two plays from Monday's game prove it. See play number 3 at 0:42 and play number 2 at 1:01 in this video: Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2017 at The View from Right Field
There are many amazing things about the “Sandberg Game,” which was 33 years ago tomorrow. (Also here.) Ryne Sandberg hit home runs to tie the game off Cardinals closer, and future Hall of Famer, Bruce Sutter in consecutive innings (the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2017 at The View from Right Field
Democratic Representative John Conyers, Jr., from Michigan has introduced a bill that would allow anybody, of any age, to buy into Medicare. The theory is “everyone loves Medicare,” so why not let people buy into it if they want to.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2017 at The View from Right Field