Today: Memorial day remembrance, arming the Syrian rebels, in trouble for telling students their rights and concealed carry--that's all ahead when Bishop On Air takes over the airwaves at 10 on 970 WMAY.
Hopefully everyone had a chance to remember those who have lost their lives in the line of duty. I was able to watch a couple of interesting movies (a documentary and a fictitous portrayal of police in action) that coorelate directly with memorial day. First up I watched a documentary on the underground news channel VICE. From the YouTube description: This Is What Winning Looks Like is a disturbing new documentary about the ineptitude, drug abuse, sexual misconduct, and corruption of the Afghan security forces as well as the reduced role of US Marines due to the troop withdrawal. Watch the entire film below or at this link.
While we think about those who've lost their lives overseas, it's important to face what the reality is over in places like Afghanistan, where we're expected to withdraw by the end of 2014. The sad reality is we are not winning and instead are trying to save face, and news out of Afghanistan today hints at that cold reality. Another great film that shows the daily toils and dangers of being in the line of fire as a police officer is the film End of Watch. I don't want to spoil the ending, but it has to do with an officer who dies in the line of duty. Watch the trailer below or at this link.
Arming the rebels
If you're familiar with my take on foreign affairs, you'll note that I am a non-interventionist. I believe in a foreign policy that is built upon trade and not on making war. Sadly, the latter seems to be where the US has been the past decade (if not longer). With the news of Senator John McCain's surprise Memorial Day visit to the Syrian rebels (some who have direct links to terrorist groups) and news of the EU looking to lax their regulations of providing weapons to the rebels, it's important to highlight the dangers that poses to the security of the region.
Closer to home
I get a lot of requests to cover topics with Bishop On Air. This one is not going by the wayside, that's for sure. A teacher in Batavia, Illinois, is being diciplined for what reports say was the teacher's efforts to inform students of their 5th Amendment rights before taking a survey. This raises a host of issues concerning the information you willingly provide to public or private schools in order to just go along to get along. How much do you guard your children's information? And, do you this teacher should be given a medal instead of reprimand?
If there's time
We'll talk about the concealed carry issues ... again ... because it appears that the Illinois Senate is working to block any law from taking place. By failing to pass a law, they'll get their home rule advantage, which would create a patchwork of laws across the state making it nearly impossible for citizens to exercise their rights without checking a host of different laws. That's all ahead with Bishop On Air--weekdays from 10 to noon on 970 WMAY. Want to comment? Call 217-629-7970, email, Tweet or Facebook!