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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
I'm on a short break. I'll be back the end of July. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago 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 6 days ago 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 6 days ago 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
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Supporters of single-payer healthcare in the United States often point to Britain’s National Health Service as a model of what we should have. There are many reasons why that is not so, but today I just want to ask one... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2017 at The View from Right Field
We were on vacation for most of May, so we weren’t here to see that the leaders of our state government were basically on vacation in May, too. Once again, Illinois has failed to pass a budget. As I stated... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2017 at The View from Right Field
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Helmut Kohl, the German Chancellor who helped reunite Germany after the Berlin Wall came down, has passed away. Chancellor Kohl served as Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany from 1982 to 1998 and was the longest serving chancellor. When... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2017 at The View from Right Field
Reports on the shooting of Republican congressmen and others at a baseball practice yesterday before the annual Congressional baseball game say that the number of those killed and wounded would have probably been higher if two members of the Capitol... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2017 at The View from Right Field
Solving Illinois’s budget problems is going to take sacrifices by everyone. Illinois has been spending more than it takes in for a long time. At some point, Illinois is going to have to take in more than it spends. It’s... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2017 at The View from Right Field
After the terror attack in London Saturday night, President Trump tweeted the following: “At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is ‘no reason to be alarmed!’” Except, here is what London... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2017 at The View from Right Field
We just returned from 3½ weeks in England and Wales. In a somewhat amusing turn of events, after spending almost all 2016 watching the Chicago Cubs instead of the presidential campaign, we wound up in Great Britain during their 2017... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2017 at The View from Right Field
I'm on break until the end of May. See you then. In the meantime, listen to Eddie Vedder sing "Someday We'll Go All the Way," knowing that we did: Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2017 at The View from Right Field
A couple of weeks ago, Daniel Henninger wrote in The Wall Street Journal that you shouldn’t look for the theory of Donald Trump’s foreign policy by comparing it to other theories, such as neoconservative, Scowcroftian realist, or (my words) an... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2017 at The View from Right Field
Perhaps the funniest reaction to Donald Trump’s new tax plan has been that of Democrats from states with high state and local taxes, objecting to President Trump’s proposal to abolish the deduction for these taxes. President Obama talked all the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2017 at The View from Right Field
What is there to say about Donald Trump at 100 days? Probably the biggest thing is to note his comment that he did not realize how hard the job was going to be. When was the last time we had... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2017 at The View from Right Field