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, 27 Sep 2020 18:36:08 -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 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> 786a42229514182590957886a8cc6348 Playing Politics With Public Safety for 08/29/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/08/20/playing-politics-with-public-safety Sat, 29 Aug 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Readers of this column know I'm not much for federal intervention in state affairs. Logic tells us the doctrine of states' rights is the way to go, as local elected officials are the ones most in touch with what their citizens need. </p> <p>But what happens when the states make a muck of it? What happens when community leaders worry more about their next election and appeasing dissidents and less about public safety? </p> <p>The federal government has now inserted itself &#8212; albeit in a backdoor way &#8212; to try to restore some sense of security to besieged communities. Too bad it's not in locations where riots have become a nightly event.<p>Updated: Sat Aug 29, 2020</p> 8b0c191085348f398a8b750cc88dd25d Trying to Remember a Murdered Mother for 08/22/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/08/20/trying-to-remember-a-murdered-mother Sat, 22 Aug 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>On or around Sept. 3, Samuel Ayala will walk out of the Fishkill Correctional Facility in Dutchess County, New York. He has been in prison for more than four decades, serving a sentence of 25 years to life.</p> <p>Jason Minter and his sister, Maggie, are horrified.</p> <p>In March 1977, their lives were forever changed when a swaggering Ayala, along with fellow criminals Willie Profit and James Walls, staged a frightening home invasion looking for something to steal to pay for drugs. Inside the home, two young mothers and their four little children were enjoying a play date. The oldest child was 6-year-old Jason.<p>Updated: Sat Aug 22, 2020</p> 8277ccee6516876c2b5d2cf8868e4345 The Strategy to Stop Fake News -- Sue the Media for 08/15/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/08/20/the-strategy-to-stop-fake-news-sue-the-media Sat, 15 Aug 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>An important legal settlement was reached recently that pretty much flew under the radar. This settlement &#8212; a $250 million defamation case against The Washington Post &#8212; could go a long way toward curbing irresponsible journalism. It's a sign that at least some Americans are going to fight back against fake news.</p> <p>The lawsuit was brought by the family of teenager Nick Sandmann who was wrongly painted as a racist who had taunted a Native American elder named Nathan Phillips.</p> <p>Remember the photograph of a fresh-faced Catholic high school kid from Kentucky reportedly "confronting" an older man who was chanting and beating a drum at a demonstration in Washington, D.C.? Initial stories accompanying that photo were completely wrong.<p>Updated: Sat Aug 15, 2020</p> 5fc45ae0a5326a13acf822d0cf3e4534 The Good and Bad of Pandemic-Era Crime Rates for 08/08/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/08/20/the-good-and-bad-of-pandemic-era-crime-rates Sat, 08 Aug 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Here's some positive news from the crime beat: It is reported that, nationwide, robberies, rapes, drug offenses and burglaries are down during the first half of 2020. </p> <p>This trend is one of the rare good things to come out of the COVID-19 pandemic. Fewer people have been venturing out the last several months, decreasing the number of robbery targets. Same thing with open-air drug deals and rapes; fewer people were out and about going to bars, nightclubs and other social gatherings. And even stupid criminals know not to try to commit burglary by breaking into a home where family members are hunkered down during the lockdown. </p> <p>Now for the negative. Homicides and gun violence are on the rise. Murders have spiked in 36 of the 50 biggest American cities that were studied during a newly released Wall Street Journal analysis of crime stats. <p>Updated: Sat Aug 08, 2020</p> ae44300a9c398e9745ff70dfacbce513 Domestic Abusers Sometimes Wear a Badge for 08/01/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/07/20/domestic-abusers-sometimes-wear-a-badge Sat, 01 Aug 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Sarah Letendre is spending her time trying to piece together a brand-new life for herself and her two small children. Technically, she is homeless, living alone in a hotel, and trying to find a job (with her master's degree in social work) and a permanent place to live. Her days as a nurturing stay-at-home mom are over. </p> <p>On the evening of July 10, Sarah, 34, and her police officer husband, Ronald, 46, were involved in a domestic dispute at their home in Rollinsford, New Hampshire. Ronald, who is an officer at the neighboring Dover Police Department, placed a call asking for a welfare check on his wife.<p>Updated: Sat Aug 01, 2020</p> 68cf129efe69992c3b16621cb7579b2b Teaching Toxic Topics on the Taxpayer's Tab for 07/25/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/07/20/teaching-toxic-topics-on-the-taxpayers-tab Sat, 25 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>It is clear we have real racial problems in this country, problems that need to be worked through as we try to restore some semblance of harmony and understanding among the population.</p> <p>National healing starts with meaningful conversations, devoid of angry rhetoric and criminal reactions, and needs to include everyone studiously listening to opposing viewpoints. It is the old idea of walking a mile in someone else's shoes and understanding their pain.</p> <p>What we don't need now are diversity racketeers making a buck off racial turmoil. Unfortunately, that is what is happening, and taxpayers are often footing the bill. <p>Updated: Sat Jul 25, 2020</p> 36682b5e22a4a3e587161b0a656def2f The Hypocrisy of the Black Lives Matter Movement for 07/18/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/07/20/the-hypocrisy-of-the-black-lives-matter-movement Sat, 18 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Black lives matter. Of course they do. But it is now abundantly clear that the lives, safety and dignity of Black men, women and children are not really what drives organizers of the Black Lives Matter movement. That is a shame.</p> <p>The world has been fed a bill of goods about BLM's goals. Now we see they are about creating civil unrest and nothing more. We should have realized this after one of its co-founders proudly declared she is a "trained Marxist." Marxism, by definition, "argues for a worker revolution to overturn capitalism in favor of communism."</p> <p>The BLM website says the group "builds power to bring justice, healing, and freedom to Black people." Really? Then why haven't they mobilized in hotspot neighborhoods where Blacks are most frequently victimized?<p>Updated: Sat Jul 18, 2020</p> 9c09a8aab9252ab71b7d422333b9f758 The Double-Edged Sword of Facial Recognition Technology for 07/11/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/07/20/the-double-edged-sword-of-facial-recognition-technology Sat, 11 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>On the television crime drama "FBI," Special Agent Jubal Valentine brusquely orders an underling to run a photograph through facial recognition to identify a suspect. Boom! After a rocket-speed search, the computer spits out a name and address. Field agents get to work, and in no time, the bad guy is under arrest. </p> <p>I'm here to tell you it is not that easy and it's not that accurate. </p> <p>Facial recognition programs are notoriously error-prone, often misidentifying an innocent person as potentially guilty. At the same time, these programs have proven to be wildly successful in catching criminals, both minor offenders and more violent ones, like child rapists. <p>Updated: Sat Jul 11, 2020</p> 55840b7120876eebe1ce50e4e0e5ade4 Beware: Unsettled Times Like These Spark Suicides for 07/04/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/07/20/beware-unsettled-times-like-these-spark-suicides Sat, 04 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>As a run-up to the Fourth of July, Americans typically buy beer, barbecue meats and fireworks. This year, as so many have become overwhelmed by the anxiety and uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, Americans are buying guns at a record pace. </p> <p>Make no mistake; more guns equal more suicides. <p>Updated: Sat Jul 04, 2020</p> 25cc7b377bb092ba11aed8742ce80f6b The Devil in the Details of Police Reform for 06/27/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/06/20/the-devil-in-the-details-of-police-reform Sat, 27 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>The time for serious police reforms has come. There is no ignoring that fact. Cities and states around the nation are already working on what those reforms will look like. </p> <p>Colorado just implemented a new set of standards that other jurisdictions are sure to study. This new set of standards: </p> <p>&#8212; Bans chokeholds.<p>Updated: Sat Jun 27, 2020</p> 0bf5f2934c94e5d5f6755e3fc1b494d4 Crimes Against Common Sense for 06/20/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/06/20/crimes-against-common-sense Sat, 20 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>What the hell is going on in this country? When did we, the majority, stop speaking up for ourselves? Crimes against common sense seem to happen every week, yet most of us stay silent. </p> <p>Or is it that the media only highlights those who scream the loudest, leaving the impression that what they demand must be implemented? <p>Updated: Sat Jun 20, 2020</p> f8e391c71a43fa35ea6730f2c8aeccd6 A Time of Reckoning to Repair Racial Tensions for 06/13/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/06/20/a-time-of-reckoning-to-repair-racial-tensions Sat, 13 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>If you don't agree that black lives matter, you should stop reading now. </p> <p>Conversely, if you believe blacks in America are victims of a deadly conspiracy of systemic police racism, you may want to look away. The facts simply do not bear out that claim. </p> <p>Yes, we have heard about a horrific series of black citizens killed by police. But over the years, there have been many more white citizens killed by police. <p>Updated: Sat Jun 13, 2020</p> a3c434e6ca8504a10a3ba8917d5f0f1d Enemies of the State for 06/06/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/06/20/enemies-of-the-state Sat, 06 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>As if the current COVID-19 pandemic hadn't created enough chaos in our lives, yet another outrageous, race-based police brutality case emerged to engulf the nation in its terrifying aftermath. </p> <p>Righteous street protests were infiltrated by agitators whose sole goal was to create mayhem, destroy property and upset the delicate balance of a society just getting back on its feet. </p> <p>It seems enemies of the state are lurking in every corner these days. It is clear we are being manipulated by adversaries both domestic and foreign. <p>Updated: Sat Jun 06, 2020</p> 56cdb79ab10c5e312f8387cfdde7fb85 Murder as a Public Service? for 05/30/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/05/20/murder-as-a-public-service Sat, 30 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>On the evening of May 14, 2020, in Omaha, Nebraska, James Fairbanks went to the home of Mattieo Condoluci and shot him dead. Condoluci, 64, was a twice convicted pedophile, and Fairbanks, 43, had spent years working with troubled kids in the Omaha Public School system. </p> <p>After the body was discovered, the dead man's daughter, Amanda Henry, was quoted saying, "Murdering my dad was a horrible thing, but children are much safer now." <p>Updated: Sat May 30, 2020</p> f0c6d1b9d19665dd6624159fe395ad52 The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Citizen's Arrests for 05/23/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/05/20/the-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly-of-citizens-arrests Sat, 23 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Nearly every state has a citizen's arrest law allowing civilians to detain someone if they have witnessed a crime being committed. Some of these laws allow only felony suspects to be held until law enforcement arrives, while others also allow those suspected of "breach of peace" misdemeanors to be held.</p> <p>Does this mean you can use any force necessary to restrain the Peeping Tom outside your daughter's window or the neighborhood vandal who is spray-painting your mailbox? Not exactly. It's more complicated than that. <p>Updated: Sat May 23, 2020</p> 99f2bb8813fed0d8751f8a53191bc025 Policing During a Pandemic for 05/16/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/05/20/policing-during-a-pandemic Sat, 16 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The classified ad might read: "Looking for college-educated applicants who can handle serious on-the-job stress, constant public criticism and loss of co-workers by suicide. Must be skilled in handling firearms, life-and-death conflicts, domestic abuse suspects, the mentally ill and drug addicts. Training in murder, arson, cybercrime and white-collar crime investigations a plus. Must feel comfortable in a bulletproof vest. Average salary: $56,300 a year."</p> <p>Think about all the hurdles a hopeful police recruit must overcome just to get into a training academy. Think of the potentially deadly challenges a police officer faces every day. Now imagine what it is like for them during this pandemic. In normal times, today's COVID-19-inspired directive to stay six feet apart would be impossible for a street cop. <p>Updated: Sat May 16, 2020</p>