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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
With the Donald Trump impeachment hearings on the TV and all over the news, there is plenty of time to do other things. But let me talk about something possibly related to the news on the impeachment of President Trump:... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The View from Right Field
This Saturday is the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Readers of this blog will know that I have written about the Wall a lot. You can find what I wrote on the 20th and 25th anniversaries... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2019 at The View from Right Field
As you may know, Chicago’s teachers’ strike ended last week. (The teachers were only doing it for the children, of course.) One of their demands was an elected school board. (The mayor presently appoints the board.) The union wants a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2019 at The View from Right Field
Fifty years ago today, Richard Nixon gave his “Silent Majority” speech, one of his most famous speeches and source of his, almost certainly, most famous phrase. Unlike presidents today, and before, President Nixon wrote the “Silent Majority” speech himself and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2019 at The View from Right Field
While I think the U.S. effort in Syria is/was1 a really good idea, I have wondered what the legal basis for it is. My best guess is that, if people who understand that kind of question in the Trump administration... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2019 at The View from Right Field
General Electric has had problems over the last few years. Management mistakes, etc., have been so bad that last year GE cut its quarterly dividend to one cent a share. Then, earlier this month, Larry Culp, GE’s new CEO announced... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2019 at The View from Right Field
No, I don’t really think that President Trump’s foreign policy is going to work – or that it will turn out well. Janan Ganesh, in the Financial Times, however, comes up with one way President Trump’s foreign policy may work... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2019 at The View from Right Field
The House of Representatives voted 354 to 60 on Wednesday to oppose President Trump’s withdrawal from Syria and to call on the Administration to, I don’t know, do something about it (whatever that would involve). The Democrats voted 225 to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2019 at The View from Right Field
At this point, to mix sports references, piling on Lebron James about his China comments probably deserves an unsportsmanlike penalty. In any case, perhaps the most hurtful comment, at least from the viewpoint of LeBron’s normal constituency, was in today’s... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2019 at The View from Right Field
There is a saying that the only things certain in life are death and taxes. And the only thing permanent is a government program. The inability of the federal government, and state and local governments, to terminate programs that don’t... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2019 at The View from Right Field
I wish Dusty well in Philly. I think he could do well there. As for the Cubs, however, he is no Charlie Grimm.
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Gideon Rachman wrote in Tuesday’s Financial Times about the future of the EU as a superpower, “a geopolitical force.”1 He concluded: “The EU used to be called a peace project. In the modern world, it is more of a power... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2019 at The View from Right Field
I'm not sure he would be a good fit in blue and white - but at least with the new clubhouse, the other problem should be gone.
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Last week, at the Joe Maddon goodbye fest, Theo Epstein said, as he was firing Joe,1 that Joe was a Hall of Fame manager. But apparently a Hall of Fame manager wasn’t what Theo thought the Cubs needed in 2020,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2019 at The View from Right Field
Donald Trump has announced, again, that the U.S. troops will leaving northeastern Syria (or at least parts of it) – and, in effect, we will basically give Turkey a free hand to do whatever they want to the Kurdish forces... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2019 at The View from Right Field
I had been planning on writing about Elizabeth Warren’s tax-a-mega-millionaire program (actually, an annual 2% tax on net worths above $50 million and an additional 1% on amounts above $1 billion), but Bernie Sanders has come along with a bigger... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2019 at The View from Right Field
In an article Peggy Noonan wrote last weekend about the President Trump/Ukraine story, she made a comment that seemed relevant to Illinois: “In the end, in purely practical political terms, the one person who will be hurt by this story... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2019 at The View from Right Field
At the beginning of the 2019 season, the Cubs still had fourteen players on their roster from the 2016 World Series team. Carl Edwards, Jr. and Mike Montgomery, the guys who pitched the bottom of the tenth inning of Game... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2019 at The View from Right Field
When I was having dinner at a local seafood restaurant recently, there was a little sign on the napkin holder that said “There is no Planet B.” I don’t know if the restaurant was just trying to get me to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2019 at The View from Right Field
A few thoughts: 1. It shouldn’t be too big of a problem for the pro-impeachment forces to get the House of Representatives to impeach Donald Trump. It only takes a majority, and there are 235 Democrats in the House compared... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2019 at The View from Right Field
Are you saying you want to get rid of him?
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When Joe Maddon was not “re-hired” by the Cubs, the name that popped into my head was Joe McCarthy. No, not the senator from Wisconsin,1 but the Hall of Fame manager. Because Joe McCarthy’s career with the Cubs mirrors that... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2019 at The View from Right Field
The news articles are all about Donald Trump’s telephone call with the president of Ukraine and his request (suggestion, threat, whatever) that Ukraine investigate Joe Biden and/or his son Hunter Biden’s activities in or relating to Ukraine. A few comments:... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2019 at The View from Right Field
Last weekend, oil facilities in Saudi Arabia were attacked by missiles and drones in what was, in effect, an act of war. Houthi forces in Yemen claimed responsibility for the attack, but they were not widely believed. More likely suspects... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2019 at The View from Right Field