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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
In September of 2018, I wrote a post about Roe v. Wade and the possibility that it might be overturned. (It was the time of the confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh.) At that time, I said this: “What people don’t... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The View from Right Field
With Roe v. Wade getting overturned today, this post is probably a day late and a dollar short. But here it is anyway: Paul Clement and Erin Murphy, who won the case in the Supreme Court against New York state’s... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The View from Right Field
I watched parts of a couple of Sunday morning news shows this morning (for the first time in I don’t know how long). Among the stories were (i) the January 6 committee hearing last week in prime time and (ii)... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2022 at The View from Right Field
I don’t know what is going to happen with Covid. I don’t think anybody, at least anybody who is being honest, does. Among the problems (out of many) of the last two years has been the false certainty of so... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2022 at The View from Right Field
With Georgia having a primary election on Tuesday, a couple of thoughts. First, it will be interesting to see what the turnout is. The left has said that the new election laws Georgia passed last year were designed to reduce... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2022 at The View from Right Field
The following letter to the editor, which appears in the Financial Times on May 16, 2022, relates to a column by Brooke Masters in the FT of May 12, 2022, entitled “Profits not purpose still dominate at Volkswagen”: Brooke Masters... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2022 at The View from Right Field
I'll be back the middle of May. See you then. In the meantime, Go Cubs! Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2022 at The View from Right Field
From Jemima Kelly’s column in today’s Financial Times: “There might be another lesson to be drawn from all this as well. In recent years many on both the right and left have become embroiled in a culture of ‘competitive victimhood’.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2022 at The View from Right Field
November of 2020, there were 50 Republican senators and 48 Democrats. But there were two races in Georgia where there had to be run-off elections because no candidate had gotten 50%+1 of the votes cast on election day (as required... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2022 at The View from Right Field
I try to follow what is going on in Ukraine, including what the United States is doing to help Ukraine and whether we need to do more. I read articles. I listen to panel discussions and podcasts. And I get... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2022 at The View from Right Field
[This is a follow up and elaboration on my post of March 26, 2022.1 ] In the 2020 presidential election, I didn’t vote for Joe Biden even though I wanted Donald Trump to lose. I couldn’t bring myself to vote... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2022 at The View from Right Field
A couple of weeks ago, we were on Michigan Avenue. We went into a store to buy a baptismal present for our granddaughter, and we found a wonderful little necklace. The clerk boxed it up and put it in a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2022 at The View from Right Field
On February 25, 2013, then-Secretary of State John Kerry said that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad ‘has to go.” Nine years later, John Kerry is gone, but President Assad is still in power. Today, President Biden said, “For God’s sake, this... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2022 at The View from Right Field
When Covid-19, then known as the coronavirus, hit in early 2020, we weren’t ready. We didn’t have enough personal protective equipment, our medical systems were inadequate, the plans we had for pandemics didn’t work, etc. Things were a mess. On... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2022 at The View from Right Field
If there is a contest for quote of the year, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has already won it with his response to America’s offer to fly him out of the country (or maybe to Lviv, in far western Ukraine, I’m... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2022 at The View from Right Field
To understand inflation, it helps to be old. I’m old. And the COLAs I’m talking about in the title of this post are not Coca-Cola or even RC.1 They’re “cost of living adjustments.” And they are back, not just in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2022 at The View from Right Field
I was thinking about the way Russia invaded Ukraine in 2014 versus the way they are doing it now. In 2014, Russia’s invasion of Crimea was by “little green men”; i.e., soldiers not wearing Russian uniforms and with no insignias.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2022 at The View from Right Field
The number of refugees from Russia’s renewed invasion of Ukraine is now three million. We’re not next door, so I don’t know how many of them we can take in. But we can help the refugees and the countries next... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2022 at The View from Right Field
Several thoughts on the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Actually, I should say Russia’s “renewed” invasion of Ukraine, since Russia invaded Crimea in 2014 and Russian troops were involved in the supposed rebel outbreaks in the Donbas, etc.1 First, before the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2022 at The View from Right Field
On Monday, the Financial Times had an article noting that driverless cars may create more traffic jams because more people will take cars if they don’t have to drive themselves. But, the article also noted that “[p]redictions for driverless cars... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2022 at The View from Right Field
There are lots of wonderful groups helping refugees fleeing the fighting in Ukraine. And that’s important because the victims of Vladimir Putin’s continued invasion of Ukraine need assistance. But, in addition to helping the victims of the fighting, let me... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2022 at The View from Right Field
The Biden administration energy policy reminds me a lot of Johnny Lee’s 1980 hit country song “Looking for Love (In All the Wrong Places)”, except it should be changed to “Looking for Oil in All the Wrong Places.” With, first,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2022 at The View from Right Field
On January 24, I wrote a post I titled “Illinois in 2021 Reminds Us of the Suddenness of Change and the Brittleness of Autocracy.” The post had two main points. The first was: “[T]he suddenness of change: the unexpected never... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2022 at The View from Right Field
One would like to think that Donald Trump’s praise of Russian President Vladimir Putin at the very moment Russia is invading Ukraine would be enough to finally put enough Republicans off former President Trump, but I fear it may not.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2022 at The View from Right Field
Coming back from the Munich Security Conference last Wednesday, the day before Russia invaded Ukraine, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said: “This is our moment. … This is a Sudetenland.” But, as I said in the title of this... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2022 at The View from Right Field