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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 a movie, The Post is going to be a blockbuster. But you expect that with any movie starring both Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep (in alphabetical order). As history, however, it leaves a little to be desired. First, it... Continue reading
Posted 5 hours ago at The View from Right Field
A few more comments: Theo said you need the starters to go through the lineup three times so the bullpen is fresher. Things can be different in the postseason, but even this year, the Dodgers and Astros’s bullpens were fried... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The View from Right Field
I made it back to the Cubs Convention this year, my 27th. (I missed the first four and then ’05 and last year.) It was good to be back. I will mention a few things that maybe didn’t get mentioned... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The View from Right Field
Democrats complained a lot about the way Republicans passed the tax bill. Megan McArdle explained1: “Last week, as you may have noticed, Republicans passed a tax bill. As you may also have noticed, Democrats were aghast. Passing a bill like... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The View from Right Field
I normally blog about politics/current affairs and the Cubs (the 33rd annual Cubs Convention is coming up this weekend). Today I thought I would talk about something different: retirement. I have been retired for a little over four and one-half... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The View from Right Field
Steve Chapman1 accuses President Trump (and Vice President Pence) of hypocrisy for their tweets and statements supporting the protestors in Iran while they say nothing (or even say positive things) about Saudi Arabia.2 Several comments. First, if our silence on... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2018 at The View from Right Field
Democrats, and others, have called, and continue to call, Donald Trump the worst prepared president we have ever had with respect to foreign policy. They see his instincts and lack of knowledge as dangerous. While I agree with many of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2018 at The View from Right Field
The Washington Post fact-checked Donald Trump’s interview with The New York Times on Thursday and came up “24 false or misleading claims” “in a 30-minute interview.” The Post is constantly fact-checking President Trump. In fact, the Post does this so... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2017 at The View from Right Field
With President Trump’s new national security strategy coming out, Andrew Browne writes in The Wall Street Journal1 about the potential risk and challenge of a rising China “How would a U.S.-China military standoff in the South China Sea play out?... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2017 at The View from Right Field
The Washington Post published a lengthy article yesterday on sexual harassment in the Department of Justice and the FBI. According to the Post: “The Justice Department has ‘systemic’ problems in how it handles sexual harassment complaints, with those found to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2017 at The View from Right Field
The Democrats’ story of the 2016 presidential election has been that (i) Vladimir Putin hacked and otherwise interfered with the election to elect Donald Trump president or (ii) President Trump and his campaign colluded and conspired with the Russians –... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2017 at The View from Right Field
My annual Christmas Eve post: Charlie Brown: "Isn’t there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?" Linus: "Sure, Charlie Brown, I can tell you what Christmas is all about. Lights, please? "And there were in the same country shepherds... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2017 at The View from Right Field
Megan McArdle rips, fairly, on the tax bill for, inter alia, fiscal irresponsibility (is this the time to be increasing the deficit and the debt?) and the way the individual tax cuts are being passed and then being repealed in... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2017 at The View from Right Field
Those opposing the repeal of the “Net Neutrality” rules adopted by the FCC in 2015, which were adopted at the direction of the White House1 (so much for the FCC being an independent agency), have warned of consequences for the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2017 at The View from Right Field
On Saturday, The Wall Street Journal reported on an assessment prepared by U.S. and British military officers of the successful effort to take Mosul back from Islamic State forces. The top U.S. general in the effort, Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2017 at The View from Right Field
Using insights from behavioral economics, Shlomo Benartzi and Richard Thaler wrote in Monday’s Wall Street Journal about ways to get workers to save more for retirement.1 The basic idea is to make it easier for people to do the right... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2017 at The View from Right Field
The Wall Street Journal had a lengthy article in Monday’s paper1 about the success Afghan and U.S. forces are having in and around Achin, southeast of Kabul, near the border with Pakistan. ISIS (aka Islamic State2) fighters moved into Afghanistan,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2017 at The View from Right Field
It’s hard to know what to say about the Republican effort to pass “tax reform.” It’s a rush. It’s a mess. And nobody knows how it is all going to fit together. Plus the Republicans are doing it all by... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2017 at The View from Right Field
Jay Kaganoff argues, as stated in the headline of his op-ed in the December 8, 2017 Chicago Tribune, “Fellow conservatives, it’s time to call on Clarence Thomas to resign.” Like Mr. Kaganoff, I do not know for certain what Justice... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2017 at The View from Right Field
I do not think that Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel was a good idea. But, having said that, I think the near-hysteria that has surrounded his decision is excessive. (Here and here.) The critics... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2017 at The View from Right Field
A break from my break. I needed to say goodbye and good luck to Hector Rondon, who was not tendered a contract yesterday and is no longer a Cub. But Hector will always be remembered as the Rule 5 draft... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2017 at The View from Right Field
I’m taking a short break from blogging to decorate the tree, address the Christmas cards, and do some other holiday things. I hope to be back in a week to ten days. Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2017 at The View from Right Field
Spending in the Illinois gubernatorial election in 2018 is expected to reach $300 million or more, making it the most expensive gubernatorial election in U.S. history. (The previous record was $260 million in California in 2010.) That seems like a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2017 at The View from Right Field
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 Nov 20, 2017 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 Nov 19, 2017 at The View from Right Field