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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
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The passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg is sad. Obviously, I didn’t know her, but people who did have spoken so highly of her. It is impressive. While I hope it is not inappropriate to say, while Justice Ginsburg’s passing is... Continue reading
Posted a moment ago at The View from Right Field
I think one of the biggest things about this pandemic, especially for those who are cutting back and staying in to try to stay safe, is: When is it going to end? When is a vaccine going to be available?... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The View from Right Field
Those are the batting averages, through Wednesday night’s game, of Willson Contreras, Anthony Rizzo, Javy Baez, Kris Bryant, and Kyle Schwarber, respectively. I realize the Cubs are 30-20 so far and are apparently going to make the postseason (see here).... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The View from Right Field
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According to Democrats and some of the media, Donald Trump is going to use the Postal Service to mess up vote-by-mail this year. In fact, last month the House Democrats tried to give the Postal Service $25 billion to make... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The View from Right Field
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Alec Mills threw the sixteenth no-hitter in Cubs’ history today – and the second at Miller Park, though only the first against the Milwaukee Brewers. You can read all about the no-hitter elsewhere. Let me just show you Alec’s autograph... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2020 at The View from Right Field
While I was getting ready for more important things last week (the Cubs-Cardinals series over the weekend at Wrigley Field1), the Trump administration issued a nationwide ban on evictions, through the end of the year, of tenants who are unable... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2020 at The View from Right Field
Ronald Reagan famously said that he didn’t leave the Democratic Party, it left him. With what is happening in the Republican Party these days, I think I am beginning to know how he felt. The only difference is that, when... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2020 at The View from Right Field
With this being Labor Day, I thought I would write about labor; i.e., people who work for a living, both in jobs and in small businesses they have worked for years to build up and support their families with. Back... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2020 at The View from Right Field
As Phil Rosenthal notes in yesterday’s Chicago Tribune, there has always been gambling at Wrigley Field. Gambling in the bleachers was one of the underlying themes in the classic play “Bleacher Bums.” But the Cubs have decided to bring sports... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2020 at The View from Right Field
One of the great joys of travel is going to places where history has happened. The Pyramids, Machu Pichu, Abraham Lincoln’s home in Springfield, Illinois, the Capitol building in Washington, etc. Seeing places like these can help you better understand... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2020 at The View from Right Field
The Wall Street Journal summed up the case for and against Donald Trump’s re-election in an editorial today. Here are a few excerpts, with my comments added in italics: “Four years [after President Trump’s election] our verdict is that he... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2020 at The View from Right Field
Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx has been having a rough time. A special prosecutor, Dan Webb, who is a former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, found there were “substantial abuses of discretion” in how Ms. Foxx... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2020 at The View from Right Field
This is, as many have said, a baseball season like no other.1 Sixty games (hopefully) in a little over two months, and half the teams (actually, more than half; 53⅓% to be exact), make the playoffs. While people often say... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2020 at The View from Right Field
Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker has an idea to solve Illinois’s financial problems: a progressive income tax.1 Illinois currently has a flat-rate income tax, but in November, voters will be able to vote on an amendment to the Illinois constitution allowing... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2020 at The View from Right Field
China has ridiculed Taiwan’s increase in defense spending as a waste of money. According to Zhao Lijian, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesman: “No matter how much it spends, as we all know, Taiwan is a small island. If it wants... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2020 at The View from Right Field
This is the story of the greatest high school football player who never was. One late summer morning, the high school football team was having try-outs. Just as the tryouts were ending and everybody was leaving, the coach noticed a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2020 at The View from Right Field
I realize it is a bit silly – and obvious – at this point to say that baseball is different this year. But I have found it different in a way I did not expect. We have been lucky enough... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2020 at The View from Right Field
Back in the day, I wrote a lot about Barack Obama’s overreach in the use of presidential power. After the election in 2016, I asked “Lawless in Washington – Will There Be a Donald Trump Edition?” The answer was always... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2020 at The View from Right Field
A truly great American, Brent Scowcroft, died on Thursday at the age of 95. Mr. Scowcroft was National Security Adviser to two Presidents, Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush. Mr. Scowcroft initially did not want to be National Security Adviser... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2020 at The View from Right Field
Today is the 75th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. Instead of writing something new, let me re-post what I wrote ten years ago on the 65th anniversary of V-J Day (which was August 15, 2010):... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2020 at The View from Right Field
I hope the election in November is a landslide. In saying that, I’m not saying who I want to win (you can find that elsewhere). I’m just saying I just hope it’s not close because I’m not sure we, as... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2020 at The View from Right Field
Because of the pandemic, we were in River Forest last month for the Fourth of July. We haven’t been here for the Fourth all that often, and what I noticed this year was the amount of fireworks. By 9:00 pm... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2020 at The View from Right Field
The new view of the United States, as seen in The New York Times’ “1619 Project,” is that United States history rests on slavery and white supremacy and that “[o]ur democracy’s founding ideas were false when they were written.” I... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2020 at The View from Right Field
The Cubs turned a triple play last night, Bryant to Rizzo, their first triple play since 1997. Or they got credit for one they didn’t turn. Here’s the video. Decide for yourself: As to why the Reds didn’t challenge the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2020 at The View from Right Field
With respect to the mess in Miami (the Marlins, that is, not the city as a whole; also, the Marlins and Covid-19, not the Marlins as a lousy baseball team), people have all kinds of answers: Baseball shouldn’t have started;... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2020 at The View from Right Field