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 Sun, 01 Aug 2021 09:56:46 -0700 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 56600342b8e752f123ffad890ac305f5 Americans Are in Debt and the Vultures Are Circling for 07/31/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/07/21/americans-are-in-debt-and-the-vultures-are-circling Sat, 31 Jul 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Americans are now deeper in debt than at any other time in our nation's history. Especially acute are mounting debts on past-due mortgage payments, student loans and medical bills. In fact, medical debt is one of the most often-mentioned causes of personal bankruptcies in the U.S., and the situation has only gotten worse during the pandemic. </p> <p>So, is it any wonder that criminal minds would turn to scams to exploit those suffering from financial woes? <p>Updated: Sat Jul 31, 2021</p> 40db3d2e505e6955d1a1f3c8fa46bc05 The U.S. Constitution Says Treat All Defendants the Same for 07/24/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/07/21/the-us-constitution-says-treat-all-defendants-the-same Sat, 24 Jul 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Equal treatment under the law, right? I think every American agrees that when it comes to law enforcement, all citizens should be treated the same way. </p> <p>So, how to explain the disparity in post-arrest treatment between last year's George Floyd protesters and this year's detainees from the breach at the U.S. Capitol?</p> <p>Nothing that follows should be construed as condoning the behavior of those who forcibly invaded our most iconic building on Jan. 6, 2021. We were all shocked watching the live TV coverage of the mob, literally, breaking into the Capitol and vandalizing the interior as lawmakers began to ratify the presidential election. It took security forces about four hours to get the situation under control. To date, about 580 people have been arrested. <p>Updated: Sat Jul 24, 2021</p> 4124877aebd61009fcf5bc03603ee274 Are Guns Really the Problem? for 07/17/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/07/21/are-guns-really-the-problem Sat, 17 Jul 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>The White House is launching a new assault to bring down the crime rate. As you've likely heard, crime, especially homicide, has exploded in many major hotspot cities over the last year or so. President Joe Biden says he knows what to do, he's been at this for years and he's got a plan ready to launch that includes several definitive steps. </p> <p>"The first of those that work is stemming the flow of firearms used to commit violent crimes," Biden told a group of reporters as he was about to go into a closed-door meeting with visiting police chiefs and city officials. "It includes cracking down and holding rogue gun dealers accountable for violating federal law." </p> <p>The new plan includes five new federal strike forces, agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATFE), which will embed with local police departments in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. Their mission is to disrupt gun trafficking coming into those major cities. <p>Updated: Sat Jul 17, 2021</p> d7915245a8ce09533765e98f501da96b Our Incarceration Nation: Even After Prison, Many Americans Are Held Captive for 07/10/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/07/21/our-incarceration-nation-even-after-prison-many-americans-are-held-captive Sat, 10 Jul 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Did you realize that there are more Americans on parole or probation than are held within the prison system? Yep, it's hard to fathom but 1 in 58 American adults &#8212; about 4.4 million citizens &#8212; are currently under some sort of community supervision. </p> <p>Do they all need to be? Doubtful. And the status quo is costing taxpayers billions every single year. <p>Updated: Sat Jul 10, 2021</p> 0c9d4ff381488b54701c1cafb006c1fe The Florida Condo Collapse -- Lots of Blame to Go Around for 07/03/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/07/21/the-florida-condo-collapse-lots-of-blame-to-go-around Sat, 03 Jul 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>While politicians in Washington continue to play games with an urgently needed $1 trillion infrastructure relief bill, the nation was hit full force with the cost of ignoring what needs to be rebuilt in this country. </p> <p>The collapse of half the Champlain Towers South condo in Surfside, Florida, should act as a red flag warning for us all. The trillion-dollar fix-it bill is pending because much of America, like the Champlain Towers, is in dire need of repair.<p>Updated: Sat Jul 03, 2021</p> 2f48ea2af38abb01478fcf7eb6fba0c5 Here's Why Most Arrested Rioters Will Not Be Prosecuted for 06/26/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/06/21/heres-why-most-arrested-rioters-will-not-be-prosecuted Sat, 26 Jun 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Perhaps you've heard about charges being dropped against most of last summer's George Floyd protestors. Prosecutors from Oregon to New York have chosen not to pursue a host of different charges against those arrested after peaceful protests turned into destructive riots. </p> <p>Outrageous, you might think. If someone commits the crime of looting, arson, property damage or physical assault, they should do the time. What is wrong with these prosecutors!? </p> <p>Well, it's more complicated than that. <p>Updated: Sat Jun 26, 2021</p> 688c45cb13d7a8b7dd47dfd0b3898dc8 Who Benefits From the Biden-Harris Immigration Policy? for 06/19/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/06/21/who-benefits-from-the-biden-harris-immigration-policy Sat, 19 Jun 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Let's talk calmly and objectively about U.S. immigration policy, shall we? And let's focus on what's happened so far this year following our nation's latest changes in strategy. Those changes have sparked an unprecedented flood of refugees across our southern border.</p> <p>The U.S. Border Patrol reports that during the month of May, agents grappled with more than 180,000 migrants. In April, the number was 178,000. A government estimate says we are on track to handle more than 2 million immigrants entering via the southern border by the end of this fiscal year. That doesn't count all the other immigrants who enter the U.S. legally.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">No matter how often administration officials tell potential refugees, "Do not come" or declare that "the border is closed," the truth is that massive numbers of immigrants continue to come across the U.S.-Mexican border, and that border is as leaky as a spaghetti sieve.</span><p>Updated: Sat Jun 19, 2021</p> 4d027877e9fd5f705a8de93022fa54e7 Our Cybersecurity in a Cyberwarfare Age for 06/12/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/06/21/our-cybersecurity-in-a-cyberwarfare-age Sat, 12 Jun 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The Department of Homeland Security has declared the United States has 16 "critical infrastructure sectors." Translated, that means these enterprises are crucial to a safe and orderly society. The sectors include: food and agriculture, water, medical and health care, energy, transportation, telecommunications, law enforcement and, of course, our defense systems.</p> <p>With increasing regularity foreign-based cybercriminals are attacking these vital systems and temporarily crippling essential services. Why?<span class="column--highlighted-text"> Sometimes these keyboard terrorists simply want to create mayhem. More often they are mining for government or corporate secrets</span>, and quite often they seek ransom before they unblock a victim's disabled computer system.<p>Updated: Sat Jun 12, 2021</p> e4b4e688a2d5cd94f14e2ccc962cbe23 Reimagining Our Police Forces: What Is It We Need? for 06/05/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/06/21/reimagining-our-police-forces-what-is-it-we-need Sat, 05 Jun 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Bill Bratton has been the police commissioner of three major cities: Boston, Los Angeles and New York. When asked recently about the value of cops, Bratton, 73, said: "They are the glue that literally holds society together. They are an essential element of a successful democracy." I agree. </p> <p>But we have come to a place now where we need to decide if police are our guardians or our warriors. The latter is defined as "a person engaged or experienced in warfare, a solider." </p> <p>In 1990, Congress allowed the Department of Defense to pass on surplus military equipment, including armored vehicles, high-caliber weapons and flash-bang grenades, to individual police departments. Some 11,500 local agencies have gotten over $7.4 billion worth of military gear. President Joe Biden ended the practice, but our police are now quasi-military-ready, which gives some the impression that they are more of an invading force than public safety officers. <p>Updated: Sat Jun 05, 2021</p> d86954201130d615136257dde062a503 Fraudsters Go Where the (COVID-19) Money Is for 05/29/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/05/21/fraudsters-go-where-the-covid-19-money-is Sat, 29 May 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Last June, eight guys in Brooklyn put their heads together, according to the U.S. Department of Justice, and came up with a scheme to steal strangers' identities and take what didn't belong to them. </p> <p>Just a couple months before that &#8212; in the earliest days of the COVID-19 scare &#8212; Congress passed a $2.2 trillion bill called the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act. The money was supposed to go to the millions of isolated Americans who had their paychecks interrupted during the pandemic. </p> <p>The mooks in Brooklyn had other plans. <p>Updated: Sat May 29, 2021</p> 13abdd0ebfa42a05b0cb5752d2da86ac Federal Overreach: The Nation's Most Expensive Mud Puddle. for 05/22/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/05/21/federal-overreach-the-nations-most-expensive-mud-puddle Sat, 22 May 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Just thought you might like to know what the federal government is doing on your behalf, how the feds are spending your tax dollars on a crazy-sounding lawsuit. </p> <p>The dispute pits a South Dakota farm family, the Fosters, against the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The fight is over a mud puddle. Yep, you read that right. Said mud puddle is located smack in the middle of prime farmland. </p> <p>The USDA has decreed that the family may not fill in the muddy patch to plant more crops because it considers the 0.08 acre of land to be federally protected under the 1985 Swampbuster Act, which protects wetlands. No matter that the Foster's puddle is not connected to any waterway and is not near any other officially designated wetlands property. According to their lawyer, if the family dares to tamper with the puddle, they will lose access to crop insurance and other federal programs designed to help American farmers survive. <p>Updated: Sat May 22, 2021</p> 77fc33860576fa86426105ac789397cf Prisoners Released for COVID-19 Safety Sake Brace Against Possible Return for 05/15/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/05/21/prisoners-released-for-covid-19-safety-sake-brace-against-possible-return Sat, 15 May 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>The idea behind prison is to rehabilitate the redeemable criminals and lock away for life the truly evil ones. </p> <p>When the pandemic began to ravage the nation's prisons, Congress passed a provision in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act allowing sickly and nonviolent inmates who had served most of their time to be released. After careful vetting, the Bureau of Prisons released about 24,000 federal prisoners and allowed them to serve their time under carefully supervised home confinement. In addition, state prisons and jails released thousands more. </p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">The goal was for the convicts to assimilate back into lawful society. It's important to note: Less than 1% of federal inmates violated terms of their release, and only three were arrested for new crimes. I couldn't find state statistics. </span><p>Updated: Sat May 15, 2021</p> d78c37670212fce98936155c1bae2379 Know a Victim of Domestic Abuse? Here's How to Help Them for 05/08/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/05/21/know-a-victim-of-domestic-abuse-heres-how-to-help-them Sat, 08 May 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Domestic abuse is a terrible cycle. Victim advocates say it takes an average of seven events before the injured person tries to leave an abusive situation for good. </p> <p>The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence estimates nearly 20 people are physically abused by an intimate partner in the U.S. <i>every minute.</i> Over the course of one year, that would amount to 10 million women &#8212; and, yes, men too. </p> <p>So, it's important to tell you about an invaluable free service for victims that helps ensure abusers are more likely to be punished. It's especially necessary now because of the steep rise in these crimes during the pandemic's forced isolation. The idea is to give victims a way to secretly document abuse so offenders can be more easily prosecuted.<p>Updated: Sat May 08, 2021</p> 9d916cb04305ccf9f312a13c8a88d71e Challenging the Media Bullies in Court for 05/01/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/04/21/challenging-the-media-bullies-in-court Sat, 01 May 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>We grew up knowing our parents would punish us if we did something wrong. If it involved lying or picking on a playmate, we'd have to apologize for it. So, how about applying the same notion to Big Tech and Big Media? </p> <p>More and more people who feel unfairly characterized or canceled by these two public opinion influencer groups are turning to the grown-up version of punishment: the lawsuit. </p> <p>The latest such suits were filed by James O'Keefe, the conservative founder of the investigative reporting group Project Veritas. <p>Updated: Sat May 01, 2021</p> 2fda24d78a4a2d4d8f5a1a244c1761bb The Heavy Burden Placed on High-Profile Jurors for 04/24/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/04/21/the-heavy-burden-placed-on-high-profile-jurors Sat, 24 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>So much has been said about the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin &#8212; and so little has been mentioned about the jurors who decided the case. </p> <p>Let's take a walk in their shoes. <p>Updated: Sat Apr 24, 2021</p> f62c3cc00b6ac1226018efcb401547c9 'You Can't Stop the Revolution!' But One State Is Making Plans for 04/17/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/04/21/you-cant-stop-the-revolution-but-one-state-is-making-plans Sat, 17 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>The season for potentially violent street protests is upon us, sparked by the latest police shooting of a Black man in a suburb of Minneapolis.</p> <p>Officers in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, pulled over a car because it had an expired registration tag. They discovered the driver, Daunte Wright, 20, also had an outstanding warrant, reportedly for carrying a gun without a permit and running away from police last June. Wright resisted arrest and wriggled back into his car to flee. As police tried to subdue him, one officer yelled, "Taser, Taser!" but instead, the chief of police said, that officer accidently pulled the trigger on her service revolver. The wounded Wright sped away, and minutes later, he was dead. </p> <p>Wright's foolish resistance sealed his fate. It also assured violent protests led by those shouting, "Black Lives Matter!" and, "You can't stop the revolution!" would follow, both in Minnesota and several other states.<p>Updated: Sat Apr 17, 2021</p> 64983ef450119fc3851b0f4a7c8f1e71 A Cop on Trial for Murder and the World Is Watching for 04/10/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/04/21/a-cop-on-trial-for-murder-and-the-world-is-watching Sat, 10 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>As a child, I was taught to respect authority figures. As it was explained to me, clergy, teachers, police officers and others help shape and maintain a just society. </p> <p>To this day, I still have a profound respect and appreciation for the 99% of law enforcement officers who literally put their lives on the line every day to keep the rest of us safe. <p>Updated: Sat Apr 10, 2021</p> 8cc9f1305c1cd9549cae85f75ff72a97 Readers to Politicians: You're Not Listening! for 04/03/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/04/21/readers-to-politicians-youre-not-listening Sat, 03 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>A few weeks ago, this column focused on the need for citizens who are unhappy with the state of our political and justice systems to speak up about their concerns. </p> <p>Your opinion can't be counted if you stay silent, I wrote. Or as one of my readers put it, "We now have the government that we have earned but not the government our children deserve."<p>Updated: Sat Apr 03, 2021</p> b73468825e805e06ae9d606a68f41999 When Is Legalized Suicide Acceptable, and When Is It Not? for 03/27/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/03/21/when-is-legalized-suicide-acceptable-and-when-is-it-not Sat, 27 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>And now there are 11. Eleven jurisdictions in the United States have now legalized the act of suicide when it is the product of consultation between a terminally ill patient and a qualified medical person. </p> <p>New Mexico's legislature is the latest to approve such a bill called the End-of-Life Options Act. Other states &#8212; California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Montana, New Jersey, Oregon, Vermont and Washington, as well as the District of Columbia &#8212; already have similar laws on the books. </p> <p>Variously called the Right to Die, Death with Dignity or Assisted Suicide, these laws allow an incurably sick resident of the state who has fewer than six months to live, is over the age of 18 and found to be of sound mind to self-administer a fatal dose of prescription medicine to end their life. In Montana, this is allowed only after a court ruling. <p>Updated: Sat Mar 27, 2021</p> 06d99642996cee264c301660b9d5c66a Without Public Debate, Democracy Crumbles for 03/20/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/03/21/without-public-debate-democracy-crumbles Sat, 20 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>It sometimes feels as though our democracy is broken, and I wonder if it is our own fault. We have the right to know what our government does on our behalf, but we have become an apathetic citizenry, apparently not caring enough to speak up when we don't like how politicians run the government or spend our tax dollars. </p> <p>When was the last time you went to a city council meeting, read a proposed piece of legislation or contacted an elected official to express your opinion about a bill you thought was a lousy idea? I'm betting it was either a long time ago &#8212; or never.</p> <p>The mainstream public has been effectively canceled by its own silence, and much smaller groups of outspoken activists have stepped into the void. As a result, politicians (and "woke" corporations) bend to interest groups' desires, even though it is clear their demands are not supported by the majority. Defund the police; keep the schools closed; refuse to prosecute for looting, arson or destruction of property; cancel nonconforming people and products. <p>Updated: Sat Mar 20, 2021</p>