â€śFree worldersâ€ť is prison slang for those who are not incarcerated behind prison walls. Supposedly, those fortunate souls live in the â€śfree world.â€ť However, appearances can be deceiving.
â€śAs I got closer to retiring from the Federal Bureau of Prisons,â€ť writes former prison employee Marlon Brock, â€śit began to dawn on me that the security practices we used in the prison system were being implemented outside those walls.â€ť In fact, if Brock is right, then we â€śfree worldersâ€ť do live in a prisonâ€”albeit, one without visible walls.
I have struggled with the right words to express my feelings over the shooting in Charleston, South Carolina. This tragedy has been heavily publicized and politicized over the past week and my frustration has grown stronger each day.
One could conclude the Democratic Party has swung too far to the left and peril awaits them in up-coming elections. Debt is no longer fashionable; a tool many bragged was trendy. One need not look far to see citizens across the land rising in revolt to the status quo. The Democratic Party brand of broad and far-reaching government has become tarnished to say the least. And it wouldnâ€™t be ridiculous to speculate that Democrats have cursed themselves with such labeling, and they could easily lose control of Washington for the next 20 years.
Editorâ€™s note: This article first appeared at Forbes.com.
Dr. John (Jack) Marks Templeton, Jr. (February 19, 1940-May 16, 2015), lived an extraordinarily productive life. He made many contributions as a medical doctor, a foundation president, and as a family man. I witnessed many of his accomplishments, but it was in his role as a leader to promote free enterprise in America and around the world that I learned the most. During his tenure as president, the John Templeton Foundation became the largest supporter of innovative efforts to promote free enterprise around the globe.
What visual images cascade through your mind when you think of a public servant?Â Is it a fireman dashing into a burning building to save a helpless child?Â Or is it a police officer protecting us from some ruthless criminal?Â How about a soldier risking it all in sacrifice of one for the freedom of many?
In pondering that, were our elected officials scarce to your thoughts?
Weâ€™ve all seen videos of Third World â€śpoliceâ€ť in combat gear putting down demonstrations by physically assaulting protesters, turning heavy equipment and tear gas on them, or shooting into crowds. Thatâ€™s what makes the recent events in Baltimore all the more disturbing. This time the â€śpeace officersâ€ť in military combat gear, brandishing military-grade weapons and perched on armored military vehicles were ours.
Critical parts of the USA Patriot Act are about to expire. The reauthorization bill moving through Congress, the USA Freedom Act, has sparked controversy on both sides of the political aisle and within the civil-libertarian community, rekindling debates that began more than a decade ago. Now is the chance to implement much-needed reforms, including reforms to a provision not expiring: the one authorizing National Security Letters (NSL).
How many holidays do we have? MLK Day in January, Valentines Day in February, Easter in March or April, Earth Day in April, Memorial Day in May, and so forth. Of those few examples, two were declared in my adulthood. New holidays take time to catch on and embed themselves in the culture. They can stray from their roots. Christmas is for consumerism. Veterans Day is to promote war. Thanksgiving is for football.
Recently, a representative from the Hillary Clinton camp delivered a message to Martin O'Malley, the former Maryland governor preparing to challenge Clinton for the 2016 Democratic nomination.
I have some good news and some bad news, the messenger said.
What's the good news? asked O'Malley.
The good news is we're taking you seriously, the messenger answered. And the bad news is ... we're taking you seriously.
4 Considerations To Help You Embrace The
Moment, From Speaker Hall Of Fame Member
Itâ€™s finally Friday night, the beginning of a weekend of freedom, which also happens to include your birthday. Your family, friends and spouse all have celebratory plans for you.
You have a rewarding career and a network of beautiful people who want to rejoice in your life. As you walk out to your car to officially kickoff the fun, a giddy thrill washes over you.