Diane Dimond from Creators Syndicate https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Fri, 22 Jan 2021 19:47:48 -0800 https://www.creators.com/ http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss Diane Dimond from Creators Syndicate https://cdn.creators.com/features/diane-dimond-thumb.jpg https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond 4f192f2ff5c66d2afe46a464a4eeadf0 Get Ready for Fights Over Criminal Justice Reform for 01/23/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/01/21/get-ready-for-fights-over-criminal-justice-reform Sat, 23 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>In the brand-new year ahead, get ready for some brand-new moves to change the nation's criminal justice system as we know it. In some states, it's already happening. </p> <p>You'll hear about several proposals in the coming months. Among them: Cut the U.S. prison population by more than half; close all private prisons; shutter all private immigration detention centers; eliminate cash bail for arrestees awaiting trial; cancel the death penalty; and stop judges from handing out mandatory minimum sentences. In addition, you'll surely hear about reestablishing federal monitoring of police departments for civil rights violations and forbidding officers from using chokeholds or no-knock raids to round up those suspected of serious crimes. The incoming Biden administration has endorsed all these criminal justice reform proposals. </p> <p>Some citizens will consider these fine ideas. Others will not. And therein lies the great debate ahead for all of us. Pages could be filled with the pros and cons on each of these suggestions. <p>Updated: Sat Jan 23, 2021</p> 316ebe07d3bb0d3a4582c19931138c8b Online Censorship Cancels the Right of Free Speech for 01/16/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/01/21/online-censorship-cancels-the-right-of-free-speech Sat, 16 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>There is an astonishing trend afoot, and if something isn't done to stop it in its ugly tracks, your right to freely express an opinion is in jeopardy. </p> <p>President Donald Trump may be the most reviled person in the United States right now, but the moves to silence him in the public square &#8212; and others who have espoused similar ideologies &#8212; is a chilling reality. </p> <p>Social media platforms Twitter, Facebook and Instagram have announced plans to permanently remove all Trump accounts. Not just until he leaves office but <i>forever.</i><p>Updated: Sat Jan 16, 2021</p> 2e61e8290ea71fa71f8454b6ae4d819b We Are Either the UNITED States or We Are Not for 01/09/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/01/21/we-are-either-the-united-states-or-we-are-not Sat, 09 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>It was a desecration of our government's seat of power. A sacrilege against our democracy. A shameful episode carried out by a relatively small mob of violent criminals who disgraced the otherwise peaceful, lawful assembly of thousands of earnest Americans who had traveled to Washington to express their distrust of the last election. </p> <p>In the end, five people died. Three were labeled "medical emergencies." One Capitol police officer was brutally struck on the head with a fire extinguisher wielded by a protestor and later died. Then there was Ashli Babbitt, 35, a military veteran who was fatally shot in the neck. Babbitt and a marauding group of trespassers broke down a door inside the U.S. Capitol, and as she tried to climb through the door's shattered window, an outnumbered, lone lawman guarding several members of the House fired one fatal shot.</p> <p>Five needless deaths, 14 police officers injured. And for what? The group would likely say they were there to disrupt Congress from ratifying the presidential Electoral College vote, but they achieved exactly nothing. <p>Updated: Sat Jan 09, 2021</p> 46ecd408106f2bea9c5733c82021f85d The Future of the 'Big, Beautiful' Border Wall Is Dim for 01/02/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/01/21/the-future-of-the-big-beautiful-border-wall-is-dim Sat, 02 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>How many times have you started a home improvement project and then found your budget for said project was totally unrealistic? Sometimes, it's just smarter to stop the whole venture, take the loss and cover up the mess with some plywood or paint. Maybe you tell yourself you'll get back to it someday. </p> <p>That is where we are with the border wall between the U.S. and Mexico. Except nothing can cover up the landscape's scarred, unfinished sections of this project. <p>Updated: Sat Jan 02, 2021</p> b98f874b09e767fb839d5e8bd81ea91c Be Charitable, But Also Be Careful for 12/26/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/12/20/be-charitable-but-also-be-careful Sat, 26 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>MacKenzie Scott has achieved what no other philanthropist has. With no massive Gates Foundation-like staff to assist her, she sought out some of the neediest charitable groups in the nation and donated nearly $6 billion to them.</p> <p>Six billion dollars. Think of that. Think of how much good can be achieved by the beneficiaries: food banks, social service programs, civil rights groups, colleges and universities. The United Way, Goodwill, Easterseals, the NAACP and the YWCA organizations were also among those receiving Scott's surprise donations.</p> <p>Where did Scott get so much money? After 25 years of marriage to billionaire Jeff Bezos, the couple divorced, and she received more than $38 billion in shares of Amazon stock, a company she helped her husband create. Scott has vowed to give away half her fortune, which has now grown to more than $60 billion.<p>Updated: Sat Dec 26, 2020</p> 9bcce8781f4637ac1a2dbe4f7afeed36 The Pandemic's Hidden Victims for 12/19/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/12/20/the-pandemics-hidden-victims Sat, 19 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>No two ways about it. This has been a lousy year. In so many ways, our lives have been upended and, in more than 300,000 American families, tinged with the sorrow of losing a loved one to an invisible and insidious virus. </p> <p>We have all felt so helpless and frustrated by not knowing the end date of this worldwide calamity. </p> <p>Imagine then being locked up in one of the nearly 2,000 state and federal prisons with no independent way to protect yourself against COVID-19. Visitations are suspended, so family members aren't able to deliver masks or hand sanitizer. Besides, prisons have long banned any product containing alcohol, and inmates have never been allowed to cover their faces lest they be seen as trying to disguise themselves. <p>Updated: Sat Dec 19, 2020</p> 6a93aa3bf0591475868543fead72a936 No 2020 Voter Fraud -- Are We Sure? for 12/12/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/12/20/no-2020-voter-fraud-are-we-sure Sat, 12 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Can we set aside politics for a minute and discuss the last election? Not about who won the presidency but about the election process itself. It was a convoluted mess.</p> <p>First, let's not simply swallow the idea that the 2020 election "was the most secure in U.S. history." That was the conclusion of government and industry officials who are in charge of election security. What do you expect they would say &#8212; that they fell down on the job? Highly doubtful. And their grandiose declaration came just nine days after Election Day. Much suspicious information has surfaced since then.</p> <p>Private citizens presented hundreds of sworn affidavits alleging all sorts of suspicions about fraudulent vote counting, backdating and transporting of ballots, and voting machine irregularities in several states. These statements were offered by citizens who swore under penalty of perjury and could be jailed if found to be lying.<p>Updated: Sat Dec 12, 2020</p> af5ec70ede80c4a826e996ddfbc5152c We Are a Frightened (and Heavily Armed) Nation for 12/05/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/12/20/we-are-a-frightened-and-heavily-armed-nation Sat, 05 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>What do Americans do in these uncertain times? We buy guns. Millions and millions of guns. This year's shopping spree has been a record-breaker. I'm not sure it has made us safer.</p> <p>Of course, it is every American's constitutionally protected right to own a firearm. But the massive surge in the number of firearm transactions so far in 2020 does lead one to wonder why so many of us want a gun &#8212; or more guns.</p> <p>Reliable estimates using firearm background check data from the FBI and analyzed by interested groups conclude that in the first seven months of this anxiety-fueled year, there were over 12 million guns purchased. Nearly 5 million buyers had never owned a gun before. <p>Updated: Sat Dec 05, 2020</p> 4199658600f07cd7debe0166f4e7f468 The Boy Scouts' 'Perversion Files' Tell the Tale for 11/21/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/11/20/the-boy-scouts-perversion-files-tell-the-tale Sat, 21 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>There are now nearly 90,000 men who say they were sexually violated as young boys while participating in Boy Scouts of America programs. The absolute shame of it comes with the realization that, with a little vigilance, the ranks of victims would never have gotten that massive. </p> <p>Back in the 1920s, the organization began keeping a "red flag" or "perversion file" of scoutmasters who preyed on young scouts. Yet the ghastly and ever-growing list of names was kept secret. Police were not made aware, and the secrecy allowed countless sex criminals to simply move away and weasel into other unsuspecting troops of boys. The horrific situation was first revealed some 100 years ago.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">On Monday, the deadline for suspected victims to file compensation claims for past abuse passed, and the organization says it is "deeply sorry" and "heartbroken that we cannot undo their pain." Oh, really? Pardon my skepticism. </span><p>Updated: Sat Nov 21, 2020</p> 0ebcaff284573eced9beb87aedc5df98 An Inconvenient Truth -- America's Presidential Process Matters for 11/14/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/11/20/an-inconvenient-truth-americas-presidential-process-matters Sat, 14 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>The 2020 presidential election is not over yet. There are multiple legal challenges and recounts pending in key states, and, under a long-standing legal process, those events must play out before a winner is officially declared.</p> <p>I know roughly half the nation does not want to hear that, but it is the truth.</p> <p>We have been down this road before. Twenty years ago, a young television reporter stood outside the vice president's residence in Washington, D.C., for more than 30 days keeping viewers up to date on the occupant's challenge to the vote count in Florida. Vice President Al Gore was granted more than a month to contest that vote. His fight went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.<p>Updated: Sat Nov 14, 2020</p> d151f808ee8186d5f586ab1f53941e88 Heroes Who Fight Human Trafficking for 11/07/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/11/20/heroes-who-fight-human-trafficking Sat, 07 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Over the last few months, while many of us were preoccupied with politics and the pandemic, U.S. Marshals bravely carried out a series of nationwide operations that rescued hundreds of human trafficking victims in at least seven states. These victimized women, runaway youngsters and children had been enslaved into a dangerous and deadly lifestyle by criminals who used their captives' bodies to enrich themselves.</p> <p>I'm betting you probably didn't hear much about this. In a time when its popular to bash anyone with a badge, teams of Marshals quietly joined with dozens of other federal, state and local law enforcement officers to liberate these lost souls. </p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">Not only were victims saved during these sweeps, but their captors were also arrested and charged with multiple felonies that could mean years in prison. These raids, with names such as "Operation Not Forgotten" and "Operation Patriot," were carried out in places you would think were relatively safe. </span><p>Updated: Sat Nov 07, 2020</p> a098e2d9ce73a5dee5af1bd54300a015 Celebrities Vow 'Citizide' -- Buh-Bye for 10/31/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/10/20/celebrities-vow-citizide-buh-bye Sat, 31 Oct 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>This is not an endorsement of either candidate now running for president. </p> <p>This is a rejection of those citizens who sanctimoniously declare that if their candidate doesn't win the presidency, they are going to "leave the country." </p> <p>To that I say, "Buh-bye, and may I hold the door for you?"<p>Updated: Sat Oct 31, 2020</p> bac23dddcaf692a4d24bd342c1f0c2e9 The Quid Pro Quo of Political Coverage for 10/24/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/10/20/the-quid-pro-quo-of-political-coverage Sat, 24 Oct 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>This just in. </p> <p>President Donald Trump was in line to take a kickback from a foreign government! </p> <p>His son, Donald Trump Jr., who runs the family's real estate empire and does not serve in government, was found to be trading on the family name during multimillion-dollar negotiations with said foreign country. The plan was for his father to get 10% of the final deal. Trump Jr. has no experience in the field in which he was negotiating. It is clear foreign operatives were looking for a quid pro quo: Make the son of a powerful man rich and happy, and expect favors in return. <p>Updated: Sat Oct 24, 2020</p> c9a92c655881d3bf87f6b7afe589fbcd Time To Change the Way We Vote for 10/17/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/10/20/time-to-change-the-way-we-vote Sat, 17 Oct 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>There's been much said lately about the way we vote in this country, especially now that COVID-19 has overloaded the mail-in voting process and states cannot agree on a uniform way to gather and count those ballots.</p> <p>Complaints about misprinted or discarded ballots, charges of voter suppression and rigged elections &#8212; the 2020 presidential election could go down in history as the most controversial ever. </p> <p>It is clear that local and national election officials need to put their heads together and figure out how to fix and unify not only the mail-in system but the entire voting process &#8212; preferably before the next midterm election in 2022.<p>Updated: Sat Oct 17, 2020</p> d54d2d29a3d0e907dd9b2b3f91edd09b Social Media Censorship -- Fact-Checking Your News Source for 10/10/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/10/20/social-media-censorship-fact-checking-your-news-source Sat, 10 Oct 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>There are no laws to shield people from misinformation. So, as the nation chugs toward the final stretch of the presidential campaign season, Americans need to take a good look at where they gathered the information that forms their political opinions. </p> <p>If your news flows primarily from social media sources such as Facebook, Twitter or YouTube, you are not alone. A Pew Research survey shows that 78% of citizens under 50 get their news from these sites, mostly from Facebook, which as more than 2.7 billion active users. </p> <p>But given the way Facebook aggregates information, it is likely consumers have been manipulated away from alternative viewpoints &#8212; viewpoints that might have changed minds, had the user been exposed. Few realize the depths to which Facebook analytics and human monitors restrict, delete and fact-check the information they receive. <p>Updated: Sat Oct 10, 2020</p> 5a22a38c2e78dddf8b69f7aad45aa22a Tracking COVID-19 at the Expense of Personal Privacy for 10/03/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/10/20/tracking-covid-19-at-the-expense-of-personal-privacy Sat, 03 Oct 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>It is another one of those existential dilemmas. We understand the deadly nature of the COVID-19 virus, but as the nation tries to control the pandemic, how much of our individual freedom are we willing to give up? </p> <p>Mandatory masks or no masks? If another stay-at-home mandate is issued, do you comply? And what about freedom for the kids we send off to school? </p> <p>Parents paying budget-busting college tuition should realize that students nationwide are currently the subject of unprecedented 24/7 surveillance being conducted in the name of crushing COVID-19. <p>Updated: Sat Oct 03, 2020</p> 52c6aca65ef0aa08f4a562e429f2230f Where Is Everybody? for 09/26/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/09/20/where-is-everybody Sat, 26 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>There is too much financial uncertainty, political conflict and random violence these days. </p> <p>We were already feeling frustrated with the prolonged isolation of the COVID-19 pandemic when waves of outrage began to spark. There were widespread civil rights protests following the tragic deaths of African Americans Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky, and George Floyd in Minneapolis, which continue to smolder to this day. Then came the devastating wildfires in the West, which left at least 35 peoples dead and thousands homeless. Add in, of course, the yearslong simmering fury at the current occupant of the White House. <p>Updated: Sat Sep 26, 2020</p> fbc58bad34bc5b30211f99537e612a4c Whose Child Does This? for 09/19/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/09/20/whose-child-does-this Sat, 19 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>It was approaching dusk outside the St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood, California. As the sun set and the air filled with the scent of devastating nearby wildfires, ambulances raced to the hospital's emergency room bearing two grievously wounded LA County sheriff's deputies. </p> <p>The ambushed pair had been shot in the head while sitting in their patrol car. Surveillance video caught the shooter quickly running to a waiting sedan indicating this was a planned attack. The small, hooded figure moved like a young person, and the vision immediately made me think: "Who parented this person? Do they realize their child is capable of such an act?" <p>Updated: Sat Sep 19, 2020</p> a209a4c663f2d821f324ed2b26ce2cb2 Prosecutors: Do Your Job! for 09/12/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/09/20/prosecutors-do-your-job Sat, 12 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>There is a destructive crime and justice trend afoot that clearly endangers public safety.</p> <p>No, it is not the actions of violent protestors and riotous thugs. It is the deliberate inaction of district attorneys who are refusing to prosecute violations of law.</p> <p>You'd likely be fired if you failed to do what you were hired to do. It's not that easy when dealing with an elected or appointed district attorney who is tasked with investigating and prosecuting citizens who break the law.<p>Updated: Sun Sep 13, 2020</p> 9560eb8f87cfb4ba29bf1b2bb9e5eda0 The Federal Government's Annual Spending Orgy Wastes Your Money for 09/05/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/09/20/the-federal-governments-annual-spending-orgy-wastes-your-money Sat, 05 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>It happens every September. Inside federal office buildings, budget minions go on scandalous spending sprees using tens of billions of your tax dollars. </p> <p>Their departments have gotten along just fine throughout the fiscal year, but as the clock ticks down to Sept. 30, they know that any money left over in their budget will be forfeited next fiscal year, so they scramble to spend every dollar. </p> <p>What the heck are they buying at the last minute? The 2019 fiscal year facts, as compiled by a nonpartisan watchdog group called OpenTheBooks, are mind-blowing. The group's annual "Use-It-Or-Lose-It Spending Spree" report is a must-read for every taxpayer who wonders if the federal government is justified in taxing us as much as it does. <p>Updated: Sat Sep 05, 2020</p>