The Wonder Wander


Dear School Administrator: The next attack on a school is being planned right now. What are you going to do to stop it?

Filed under: Government,News Commentary,Politics — Tom Malley @ 8:33 pm

Given the frequency of school attacks and the length of time it takes to plan an attack, it is almost a certainty that someone, somewhere is planning an attack right now.  It will take many months before any meaningful preventive actions can be put in place on a national level. Therefore, another attack is going to happen.

As  a school administrator and leader, are you comfortable playing the odds that it won’t be your school? If not, you should be taking aggressive action to harden your school as soon as possible. It’s the only action that is within your control. It’s the only action that can be taken immediately. Get help if you need it. Accept the NRA’s offer to help with school security. Don’t overlook any avenue. Get it done.

If your school is next, don’t ask why others didn’t act to prevent it if you haven’t acted yourself.


Thoughts on Armed School Staff

Filed under: News Commentary,Politics,Uncategorized — Tom Malley @ 8:02 pm

Thoughts on armed school staff:

When looking at possible solutions to a problem, it is always best to have an idea about what the desired outcome will look like. So what would it look like if an armed intruder picked a school where some of the staff were armed? Based on the conversations, it seems like people do not have the same picture of what we expect will happen.

Do we expect armed school staff to go from room to room seeking to engage the attacker? Absolutely not!

Run, Hide, Fight. That is the current recommended plan for responding to an armed attacker in a workplace or school. Run if you can. If you can’t run, hide. If the attacker finds you, then fight with whatever resources you have. This protocol should not change if some staff are armed. If an armed staff member is forced to fight, he or she is more likely to deter an attacker with a firearm than with scissors, books, and chairs.

Are there people who have faced an armed attacker in an office or school and tried to deter the attacker with available material? Those are the people I would like to hear from. What do they think about this question?


Come on, Weekend Edition!!

Filed under: Government,News Commentary,NPR,Politics — Tom Malley @ 4:05 pm

I listen to NPR. There it is, out in the open. I admit it freely, with no apologies. I know their bias, so it is a source that is outside my echo chamber. It’s a good thing. I also appreciate that I don’t have to listen to manufactured outrage.

However, on last Saturday’s show, host Scott Simon interviewed Senator Dick Durbin about the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord. About one minute into the interview, Mr. Simon asked the Senator, “Should President Obama have submitted the Paris deal to the Senate for ratification…”
Senator Durbin replied that the agreement had no chance for approval in the Senate.

Mr. Simon accepted this non-answer and continued the interview.
First, Mr. Simon, you should have had the Senator answer the question you asked. I have heard you interview conservatives before (kudos for that), and you don’t let them float just any answer to your questions. Why not pursue a direct answer from Senator Durbin.

But more telling is the Senator’s response. Knowing that the agreement had no chance for approval in the Senate, the Obama administration deliberately avoided seeking approval by the duly elected representatives of the people. This was typical of President Obama’s administration, and explains a lot of why people want to undo his “accomplishments.”

Mr. Simon, I hope you do better next time. I will be listening


On Leonard Pitts and Donald Trump

Filed under: Government,News Commentary,Politics — Tom Malley @ 5:08 pm

I’m not a fan of Leonard Pitts, who writes for the Miami Herald.  I do, however, read his articles.  I suppose it’s inevitable that if I read enough of his writing, I would eventually find something to agree with.  This is it: A conversation with God about the election — and Trump. I think anyone except rabid Trump partisans could read this article without popping a blood vessel.

In Mr. Pitts imagined conversation, he says to God, “So you’re saying the fight to form a more perfect union is always ongoing?”

This points out something that is often overlooked. The Constitution has never been perfect. The framers knew that. We all know that. It will never be perfect. But we can continue to make our union more perfect.

The right and left disagree very much on many things. But we will never make progress if we continue to call each other “evil” or “idiots” or “buttercups”. We need to come out of our bubbles and engage. Listen to what the other side has to say. Evaluate it objectively without dismissing it out of hand. Try to understand the other point of view. You can do that without agreeing with it.

Like Mr. Pitts said, the fight to form a more perfect union is ongoing. It’s worth it.

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