My Journey in the Military: R&R Leave

Well I made it back to Madison yesterday around noon.  I’m home for 15 days of R&R Leave from Afghanistan and then I go back to finish up my deployment.  The trip was fairly pleasant minus the incident with TSA in Atlanta, and Delta in Atlanta tagging my checked bag with the wrong baggage tag.  I’ll write more about those two things in the next few days if I remember.

Everyone keeps asking me if I have any exciting plans for the time back, but I really don’t.  I am going to go up to camp for a weekend, spend some time in the Dells, and might visit a friend in Minnesota.  Basically I just want to relax, enjoy a few things I can’t get in Afghanistan, and hit up State Street on Halloween.

Guests of the Ayatollah

Guests of the Ayatollah by Mark BowdenI just finished reading Guests of the Ayatollah by Mark Bowden and I must give it 5 stars.

Michael D. Rose, a reviewer on states it better than I will be able to:

“His outstanding research, interviews, and story telling weave the most compelling narrative of what actually occurred behind the walls of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, Iran during the 444 days that America was held captive. You actually feel like you are right there amongst the American hostages battling anger, fear, depression, smiling inward with every small personal victory over the Iranian students, and contemplating ways to escape the nightmare both physically and mentally. You also get a clear picture of a President who is angered by the turn of events in Iran, but is too weak to do anything about it. The inclusion of the details of the bold, but ill-fated American rescue mission (Operation Eagle Claw) is fascinating in itself and brilliantly woven into the story.”

If you are at all interested in Military History, International Relationships, Human Nature, or just a want a good read, you should check out Guests of the Ayatollah.

Arming Wisconsin’s Teachers???

Following three violent school shooting that struck the nation in the past two weeks, including one in a small rural town in Wisconsin, State Representative Frank Lasee (R-Bellevue) announced his plans to introduce legislation that will allow teachers, principals, administrators, and other school personnel to carry concealed weapons. The lawmaker said that while his idea may not be politically correct, it has worked effectively in other countries.

Teachers should be in charge of teaching our nation’s children, not gunning them down. If there is a security or safety threat, the School District should bring in security guards or foster a stronger relationship with the community police.

Having a loaded weapon in the classroom is not a valid answer as the risk of abuse is huge. What happens when a teacher goes crazy because they can’t control little Jimmy? Before it was handled with a little physical abuse, now little Jimmy will have a Glock pointed at him? What happens when the high schooler over powers the teacher, and now has a loaded weapon?

Representative Lasee points out that it has worked in other countries, his usual example is Israel. Does he realize the situations are no where near similar? In Israel the threat is from terrorists and extremists, and everyone lives in fear. In Wisconsin, the threat is children who have been bullied and are emotionally unstable. A teacher who shoots a terrorist is one thing, but a teacher who shoots a 13 year old boy?

It’s a good thing this bill will never pass, especially in a Wisconsin, a state still struggling to pass a normal concealed carry bill.