Note to Eric Bolling, Dan Gainor and Andrea Tantaros:Tex Richman isn't a Muppet. He's a human character, played by Chris
Cooper. I know, it's hard to find time to fact-check when you're busy politicizing the Muppets.
A special Christmas review of noteworthy books, video and music.
Categories include theology and spirituality, creative nonfiction, fiction, history and current
events, children's literature, TV on DVD, choral Christmas
music and popular music.
These are days of harsh political rhetoric. Political factions insist not only on the goodness of their own ideas but also on the dramatic failure of their opponents' ideas. We might be in Advent, but this is no season for understanding or for mutual forbearance in our civil discourse.
In order to write about the inner workings of a private prison, journalist Shane Bauer took a prison guard position at a Louisiana prison for four months, at $9 an hour. The prison is operated by Corrections Corporation of America, whose CEO made $3.4 million in 2015, nearly 19 times the amount paid to the director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons. During Bauer’s time as a correctional officer, the federal Department of Corrections temporarily took charge of the prison due to a rash of stabbings among inmates. Thirty-four percent of prison guards suffer from posttraumatic stress disorder, a rate higher than that for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. Correctional officers commit suicide two and a half times more frequently than the general population (Mother Jones, July/August).