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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
Illinois recently adopted a law ending cash bail. I’m not going to discuss the merits of the new law; that’s not the purpose of this post. I want to talk about how the bill was passed because that says something... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The View from Right Field
On February 11, I asked, in a post entitled “What’s Next for the Virus? Shots, Restrictions, and Masks”: “Once we get to that point, i.e., when there is enough vaccine for everybody, what does that mean about all the restrictions... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The View from Right Field
I understand there are people out there who don’t like Dr. Seuss anymore. Which is fine. You can like who you want. But I like Dr. Seuss. I remember when our kids were young (a long time ago) and learning... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The View from Right Field
Texas has been getting a lot of bad press lately. I commented here last Thursday. But Texas isn’t the only state that is messed up. Here is a letter to the editor that was published in the Chicago Tribune yesterday:... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2021 at The View from Right Field
In talking about getting ready for the next coronavirus, etc., last April, I said this in my conclusion: “Robustness. Resiliency. Nimbleness. These are what we need if we are to be ready for the emergencies and disasters that will happen,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2021 at The View from Right Field
Last year the Lincoln Project was a big deal in the mainstream media: a group of Republicans running ads against Donald Trump. It was big news. It made the mainstream media feel good. It was a story they could throw... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2021 at The View from Right Field
As you saw last Friday, I am starting a new feature: “Got That Wrong.” I have been blogging a long time. It’s time to go back and fess up on things where I “got that wrong.”1 Today, inflation. I have... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2021 at The View from Right Field
Even though I think the better constitutional argument is that it is constitutional to impeach and try former President Trump (he was, after all, impeached while he was still in office), I probably wouldn’t have impeached him (for the reasons... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2021 at The View from Right Field
In a post back in August of 2020 on why Kim Foxx would win re-election as Cook County State’s Attorney (she did), I said: “It is entirely possible that the biggest reason the Illinois Democratic Party, or at least its... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2021 at The View from Right Field
Both Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Scott Gottlieb are saying that, by April, we are going to have plenty of vaccine. Everybody who wants a shot will be able to get one. In other words, the problem pretty soon is... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2021 at The View from Right Field
With the number of people getting at least their first Covid-19 vaccine shot going up, we are seeing more and more posting, on Facebook and elsewhere,1 by people showing pictures of their vaccine cards or standing in line to get... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2021 at The View from Right Field
With Covid-19 and everything else that is happening, polio isn’t something most people think about right now. But I do – because I remember when polio was a big deal. In the early 1950s, 25,000 or more children were getting... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2021 at The View from Right Field
In his Inaugural Address, Joe Biden talked about how he wanted to bring us together: “My whole soul is in this. Bringing America together, uniting our people, uniting our nation. And I ask every American to join me in this... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2021 at The View from Right Field
In Monday’s Financial Times, Rana Foroohar, in defending Joe Biden’s tightening of “Buy American” rules for federal government purchasing, said “the political challenges facing the Biden administration … are arguably greater than Franklin Roosevelt faced in the 1930s.”1 While I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2021 at The View from Right Field
Who is Mitt Romney? -------- UPDATE (2/13/21 5:30 pm): The answer should be changed to: “The Only Senators to Vote to Convict a President of Their Own Party.” The question should be changed to: “Who are Mitt Romney, Susan Collins,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2021 at The View from Right Field
I have not posted since Joe Biden was inaugurated last Wednesday, so maybe I will now. I thought President Biden’s inaugural address was pretty decent. It did not get into details, but it hit a lot of things I believe... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2021 at The View from Right Field
It’s unclear what Donald Trump has been doing with his time now that he is off Twitter, Facebook, etc., but Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has been working hard. Karen DeYoung has a list of what he has been doing.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2021 at The View from Right Field
President-Elect Biden is proposing a big Covid-19 stimulus program: $1.9 trillion.1 The plan includes an additional $1400 per person payment (to bring the total up to the $2,000 Donald Trump proposed in late December), additional unemployment payments of $400 per... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2021 at The View from Right Field
A comment on the upcoming change in administrations that many in our polarized America may not appreciate: Just because someone is incredibly glad Donald Trump is leaving the White House, doesn’t mean they think Joe Biden will wind up being... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2021 at The View from Right Field
But for this stupid virus, I would be at the Cubs Convention this coming weekend – for the 30th time in 32 years.1 I understand why the Cubs cancelled the Convention this year. What I don’t understand is why they... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2021 at The View from Right Field
A long time ago, I wrote a post entitled “Truth and the Right to be Wrong.”1 I said in part: “I believe that some things are right and that some things are wrong. But my certainty does not make me... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2021 at The View from Right Field
Kimberley Strassel said, in Friday’s Wall Street Journal: “A politician has to work hard to destroy a legacy and a future in a single day. President Donald J. Trump managed it.” Early Thursday morning, after a mob, urged on and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2021 at The View from Right Field
If you use the 25th Amendment for a purpose for which it was not intended, even if it is a really good purpose, do not be surprised if you are not happy the next time the 25th Amendment is used... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2021 at The View from Right Field
One of the favorite activities of the woke seems to be looking back in history and re-judging our leaders of the past based on the standards today. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson owned slaves; their statues have to come down.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2021 at The View from Right Field
People ask me how I can be a Republican with Donald Trump as President – or at least they would ask me that if I wasn’t socially distancing from just about the entire world. I understand the question. And I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2021 at The View from Right Field