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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
Germany is voting on Sunday, and with Angela Merkel widely expected to win another term, the one big question is how the right-wing AfD, Alternative for Germany, will do. Support for the populist, anti-immigrant (and anti-Muslim) AfD took off with... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The View from Right Field
If: As U.S. Air Force General John Hyten says, Iran is not violating the terms of the Iran nuclear agreement, officially the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (“JCPOA”); and Iran is also, per General Hyten, “rapidly deploying and developing a... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The View from Right Field
At the United Nations yesterday, Donald Trump threatened to “totally destroy North Korea” if the United States “is forced to defend itself or tis allies.” I am not an expert on international law or the laws of war, but talking... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The View from Right Field
Harvard invited, and then uninvited, Chelsea Manning (formerly Bradley Manning) to speak at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University as a Visiting Fellow last week. I do not want to go into the question of whether it was... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The View from Right Field
Sunday morning, Donald Trump came up with a new nickname for Kim Jong Un. As he did during the campaign last year (remember “Little Marco,” “Lyin’ Ted,” and “Crooked Hillary,” etc.), President Trump has decided it is somehow a good... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The View from Right Field
Paul Trap, in the current issue of Baseball America, tells the right way to eat a hot dog: Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2017 at The View from Right Field
Three cheers for Virginia because the Virginia Board of Elections has ordered that electronic, touch-screen voting machines cannot be used in the statewide elections coming up in November.1 Earlier this year, in a demonstration at DEF CON in Las Vegas,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2017 at The View from Right Field
A presidential administration is more than just the person at the top. It includes all of the people working for the president, too. Sometimes a lower level appointee can do something really dumb or stupid. The policy they are trying... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2017 at The View from Right Field
Three days ago, the Cubs had a five-game lead in the National League Central on both the Cardinals and the Brewers. And with the Brewers coming to town, we had the chance to put them away and then just worry... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2017 at The View from Right Field
Reports are that North Korea will be test launching yet another ICBM. The question, of course, is what should the United States do. David Sanger lays out some of the options. As noted, the “shooting it down once it is... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2017 at The View from Right Field
“Dreamers” is shorthand for people who were brought to the United States when their parents came here illegally. In 2012, Barack Obama issued an executive order1 establishing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”) program. The program allowed people, who... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2017 at The View from Right Field
The town I live in just passed a resolution declaring it was a welcoming community. My church did the same thing. All of which is fine. You should welcome people. It’s what churches are supposed to do. And towns, too.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2017 at The View from Right Field
The Defense Department announced Wednesday that we have 11,000 troops in Afghanistan, not 8,400 they had claimed since back in the Obama administration. Foreign Policy explains: “The accounting issue had long dogged the Obama administration, which established a troop cap... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2017 at The View from Right Field
Hurricane Harvey has been mind-boggling, and the costs for the people in Texas, and beyond as Harvey moves east, will be massive. Now is probably not the best time to talk about flood insurance, but Congress’s failure to address it... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2017 at The View from Right Field
I probably would have commented on President Trump's speech on Afghanistan in due course, but we have something way more important on Saturday, so I am on break until the end of the month. Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2017 at The View from Right Field
I’m all for removing those Confederate statues (and renaming streets, etc., named after Jefferson Davis, et al), but it’s not because these people were slaveholders. I’ve got a better reason than that, but first let me talk just a little... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2017 at The View from Right Field
The Cubs are giving Clark the Cubs banks to the first 5,000 children 13-and-under tomorrow. Which is good because the kids can use the banks to try to save enough money to be able to afford to come to a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2017 at The View from Right Field
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 Aug 18, 2017 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 Aug 16, 2017 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 Aug 15, 2017 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 Aug 14, 2017 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 Aug 11, 2017 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