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 Sat, 17 Apr 2021 16:01:05 -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 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> e2bb0ec09b0c5700b5105162e0bcea71 If We Care About Kids, US Immigration Policy is Not Humanitarian for 03/13/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/03/21/if-we-care-about-kids-us-immigration-policy-is-not-humanitarian Sat, 13 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Your loyal columnist is not in the habit of saying, "I told you so," but may I remind readers about a column I wrote a few weeks ago in which I warned that the U.S. was in for a bumpy immigration ride ahead.</p> <p>"Massive human caravans from Honduras are already headed this way," I wrote the first of February following President Joe Biden's 100-day ban on deportations. "Some predict throngs of Central American migrants will follow." It was a no-brainer: If you announce to the world that your southernmost door is wide open, people will come in. </p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">Humanitarian, you say? Nope. Let's look at the record numbers of underaged, unaccompanied kids who are making the dangerous trek to the U.S.</span> In January, more than 5,700 kids presented themselves at the U.S. border. In February, Almost 15,000 youngsters traveled at great peril in just the first two months of 2021. <p>Updated: Sat Mar 13, 2021</p> 6a88e8216b7627c700d928f1344e2270 Determined Judges Could Stop the No-Cash-Bail Madness for 03/06/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/03/21/determined-judges-could-stop-the-no-cash-bail-madness Sat, 06 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>This is an open letter to District Court judges in Harris County, Texas. But honestly, it could apply to any number of judges across the country. </p> <p>Citizens from all walks of life are begging you to close the revolving door at the courthouse! In your zeal to embrace the idea of doing away with cash bail, you judges are granting bond to too many dangerous criminals. Some are charged with murder and have extensive violent backgrounds, yet you let them walk free on bail while awaiting trial. What are you thinking? You put the public at serious risk, especially the witnesses who prosecutors convinced to testify against these criminals. </p> <p>Are you Houston judges aware that your local Crime Stoppers calculates that, over the last couple of years, 97 citizens have been murdered or killed by repeat offenders you allowed to roam free? Do you care that one man facing five felony charges got to post bail and then promptly strangled his ex-girlfriend to death? Eleven others killed by bonded-out suspects died in domestic abuse situations, including three unborn children. Yet another victim was a veteran Houston police sergeant. The oldest fatality was an 80-year-old woman who was stabbed to death. <p>Updated: Sat Mar 06, 2021</p> 0569bd12d77fb27bfd1ecf846a647c2a Art Imitates Life -- Inside the Insidious World of Elder Guardianships for 02/27/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/02/21/art-imitates-life-inside-the-insidious-world-of-elder-guardianships Sat, 27 Feb 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Given that this is a crime and justice column, it is pretty safe to say this will likely be the only time I do a movie review. But considering the subject matter of the new movie "I Care a Lot," this film is right up my alley.</p> <p>As longtime readers may remember, I have frequently written about the nationwide evils of exploitative elder guardianships, and that is the world so descriptively depicted in this new Netflix offering. </p> <p>Actress Rosamund Pike portrays Marla Grayson, a diabolic, self-dealing guardian appointed by a judge to manage the lives of elderly people he has found to be "incapacitated." What leads him to believe that these seniors cannot manage their own homes, medical care and finances? The guardian has filed a petition with the court declaring that to be the truth, and as happens in real life, this movie judge simply accepts this officer of the court is telling the truth. <p>Updated: Sat Feb 27, 2021</p> e9356bf9651c3e94999985aef0b96964 One Way Politicians Can Start to Regain Voters' Trust for 02/20/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/02/21/one-way-politicians-can-start-to-regain-voters-trust Sat, 20 Feb 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Quick, name some national politicians you trust. What's that you say? You're struggling to think of <i>any</i> trustworthy politicians in Washington? You are not alone. </p> <p>Pew Research reports 80% of us say we do not trust the federal government to do what's right "always or most of the time." And 81% of us think members of Congress act unethically "all or some of the time." </p> <p>I came to realize one way Congress could polish up their tarnished reputations after reading an editorial in The New Republic. Simply put, members of the U.S. Congress should stop playing the stock market. That's right; either get out of the market altogether or set up tamper-proof blind trusts. <p>Updated: Sat Feb 20, 2021</p> cc4b906629ed101ee119c61e5dff9401 The Life Span of the US Death Penalty Just Got Shorter for 02/13/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/02/21/the-life-span-of-the-us-death-penalty-just-got-shorter Sat, 13 Feb 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>The death penalty in the United States is on the verge of being snuffed out. </p> <p>The commonwealth of Virginia, which has executed more convicts than any other state in U.S. history, is now poised to abolish capital punishment. This is a big deal, as Virginia would become the first Southern state to eliminate the death penalty. Many see this legislative action as the beginning of the end to executions in this country.</p> <p>When Virginia's governor signs the pending anti-execution bill, the number of states officially outlawing capital punishment will rise to 23, plus the District of Columbia. Additionally, governors in several other death penalty states have issued moratorium orders halting executions. The trend seems clear.<p>Updated: Sat Feb 13, 2021</p> 1f7496aabc67ec23b8ee30810f19487c The Very Real Personal Costs of the COVID-19 Pandemic for 02/06/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/02/21/the-very-real-personal-costs-of-the-covid-19-pandemic Sat, 06 Feb 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>OK, I have good news and bad news about the murder rate in America.</p> <p>First, the good news. The homicide rate is not as bad as it once was. In 1995, the U.S. murder rate was about twice as high as it is now. </p> <p>Now for the bad news. While final statistics for 2020 are not yet completely compiled, preliminary figures indicate that, last year, there was an "unprecedented single-year spike" in the U.S. murder rate. Year-to-year homicide rates increased by a jaw-dropping 42% last summer (in a sample of medium to large cities), and by 34% in the fall. This is according to newly released research from the National Commission on COVID-19 and Criminal Justice and a group called Arnold Ventures. <p>Updated: Sat Feb 06, 2021</p> 5b979eaab87db63af787cb5e3a4d648b Immigration: Is It Wrong To Think About What's Best for the United States of America? for 01/30/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/01/21/immigration-is-it-wrong-to-think-about-whats-best-for-the-united-states-of-america Sat, 30 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>In the movie "Field of Dreams," the lead character hears a voice while standing in his cornfield. "If you build it, he will come." So, the man builds a baseball field. The ghost of his ballplaying father appears, and so does a whole group of famous dead baseball players. </p> <p>Its antithetical to former President Donald Trump's plan to build something so people <i>wouldn't</i> come. As you've likely heard, construction of Trump's "beautiful big wall" was halted by our new president as part of the evolving changes to U.S. immigration policy. </p> <p>President Joe Biden has made his intentions clear. Among his proposals: Give the millions of immigrants already in the U.S. a faster route to citizenship; restore protections for those brought into the U.S. as children; open the southern border, and stop holding asylum seekers in Mexico while they await legal entry; shutter many migrant detention centers; and somehow fix the enormous immigration-court backlog. Oh, and stop deportations for at least 100 days, except for those illegal immigrants charged with felony crimes.<p>Updated: Sat Jan 30, 2021</p> 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>