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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
The difficulty in solving climate change can be seen in two articles in Saturday’s FT Weekend. The first article, on the front page, was headlined “Germany fears climate change caused floods.”1 I don’t need to say much about that article.... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The View from Right Field
The legal status of “Dreamers,” i.e., children who illegally entered the United States with their parent(s), generally before June, 2007 (though maybe that date would be pushed back by some), is in the news again. A federal district court in... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The View from Right Field
When Joe Biden was asked last week if there was any similarity between Kabul today and Saigon in 1975, he said no: “None whatsoever. Zero. What you had is you had entire brigades breaking through the gates of our Embassy.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2021 at The View from Right Field
Joe and Hunter Biden may have solved the problem of how we handle disclosure of contributions to political causes. For Hunter Biden’s paintings, the Bidens are considering a plan whereby the paintings will be sold by a third-party art gallery.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2021 at The View from Right Field
With Donald Trump back on the campaign trail, now seems like a good time for this post. For all the complaints about Donald Trump’s lack of competence as president, it was actually his incompetence that was the saving grace of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2021 at The View from Right Field
The Wall Street Journal had an article yesterday by Roger Bennett talking of how he fell in love with America as a teenager in England in the 1980s: Walter Payton, Ferris Buehler, Arby’s, and everything else. John Ferling wrote of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2021 at The View from Right Field
When Vice President Kamala Harris went to El Paso last week, she talked a lot about the need to address the “root causes” of illegal immigration “My trip to Guatemala and Mexico was about addressing the root causes. The stories... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2021 at The View from Right Field
With Joe Biden back from his “If it’s Tuesday, it must be NATO” tour of Europe, the question is: What did it accomplish? President Biden told the G7: “America is back at the table. America is back leading the world.”1... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2021 at The View from Right Field
Tony Campana announced on Saturday that he was retiring from professional baseball with a classy announcement. (Here.) Tony played parts of two years with the Cubs, in 2011 and 2012, playing 184 games. Tony got his only major league home... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2021 at The View from Right Field
An article in The Washington Post notes the difficulty Washington, D.C., is having in getting younger Blacks vaccinated. According to the article, young Blacks worry about side effects from the vaccine. Also, some “are wary of the medical establishment" or... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2021 at The View from Right Field
As we leave Afghanistan, the question (or at least one of the questions) is what about the people who we are leaving behind. Maine Senator Angus King (I, but really D), among others, is worried we aren’t going to be... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2021 at The View from Right Field
My previous post was about the amount of taxes rich people pay. Based on leaks of confidential tax info (so much for secrecy of tax returns), the ProPublica website disclosed the absolutely shocking information (shocking to people who don’t pay... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2021 at The View from Right Field
The media has reported the shocking news that: (i) if you’re not vaccinated, you’re more likely to get Covid-19 than if you are vaccinated: and (ii) rich people don’t pay more taxes that they have to under the law. Let... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2021 at The View from Right Field
Nothing has been proven yet with respect to the origins of Covid-19. The theory that Covid-19 might have leaked from a lab in Wuhan, China, is only one possibility. Much more research and investigation need to be done. We don’t... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2021 at The View from Right Field
Six years after abandoning its one-child policy for a two-child policy, China has now gone to a three-child policy. The one-child policy, which began to be strictly enforced in 1980, was put in place to limit population growth in the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2021 at The View from Right Field
Several years ago, we were on a tour of Morocco. One of the couples in our group was of Chinese ancestry. The wife said she had been born in Taiwan and had come to the United States when she was... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2021 at The View from Right Field
On Sunday, Belarus forced a Ryanair plane flying from Greece to Lithuania to land in Minsk so Belarus could take a Belarusian dissident off the plane and arrest him. Which is just outrageous. There is no justification for this. EU... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2021 at The View from Right Field
Earlier this month was the 125th anniversary of the decision in Plessy v. Ferguson. The New York Times had an op-ed by Peter Canellos on the only justice to dissent in Plessy: Justice John Marshall Harlan.1 In his article, Mr.... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2021 at The View from Right Field
A recent decision of the constitutional court in Germany has a lesson for the United States. In Germany, the constitution works differently. The constitution, actually, it’s called the Basic Law, and it dates back to 1949 and the founding of... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2021 at The View from Right Field
Liz Cheney was ousted as head of the House Republican Conference last week, mostly (entirely-?) because she wouldn’t sign up for former President Trump’s claim that the 2020 election was stolen. The decision to remove her was taken by a... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2021 at The View from Right Field
Demand for vaccines is dropping around the United States. States are telling the federal government they don’t need their full share. If we don’t have more vaccines than we need now, we will soon. So here is an idea of... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2021 at The View from Right Field
Both the Federal Reserve and the Biden administration, Jerome Powell and Janet Yellin, among others, respectively, want more inflation. The Fed has changed its inflation target from a top of 2% to an average, over a period of time, of... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2021 at The View from Right Field
The Biden administration has, perhaps not surprisingly, agreed to support a temporary waiver of intellectual property rights for Covid-19 vaccines. It sounds good on the surface, but I can’t help but wonder if the better solution might be to just... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2021 at The View from Right Field
Monday was a sad, but all-too-predictable, day in Illinois: The state officially announced the Thompson Center in downtown Chicago is for sale. The building was designed by Helmut Jahn, and it opened in 1985. While the building had issues when... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2021 at The View from Right Field
From what I read in the newspaper and hear on the radio, apparently I am a racist because I am not in favor of changing the name of Lake Shore Drive to Jean Baptiste Point DuSable Drive.1 The fact that... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2021 at The View from Right Field