February 2009

Our Enemy To The South

by Diane Dimond on February 28, 2009

What Happens In Mexico Doesn't Stay In Mexico

What Happens In Mexico Doesn't Stay In Mexico

It is a politically incorrect thing to say but I’m going to say it anyway.  Mexico is our enemy.

Drug desperadoes are, in effect, running that country now and have rendered the Mexican government nearly impotent. It’s gotten so bad, for example, that the Mayor of Juarez has fled his country in fear, along with his entire family. They’ve moved to America! Just how Mayor Jose Reyes Ferriz plans to govern from El Paso, Texas is not known but his safety now rests squarely on the shoulders of the El Paso Police Department .

What a metaphor for our problem with Mexico! … [click to continue…]

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Failing To Do The Right Thing

by Diane Dimond on February 21, 2009

Mother of 14

Mother of 14 test tube children

Our country is built on a foundation of laws designed to keep order in our society. Some of these laws are passed by legislatures; others are society’s laws, the ethical and moral laws that guide us.

Two stories playing out in the news these days underscore the importance of this very basic cornerstone of American life.

The California single mother of six, whose addiction to test tube babies caused her to give birth to 8 more and the President of the Peanut Corporation of America, from which salmonella tainted products were shipped, have something in common. When faced with monumental choices they chose badly…



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Death Means Life

by Diane Dimond on February 14, 2009

Joseph Pallipurath, Charged With Murder

Joseph Pallipurath, Charged With Murder

The Crime beat is often an ugly one to cover. But every once in a while out of the ugliness comes tear jerking hope, even salvation.

The murders occurred in the most unlikely place and among an unlikely people.  The congregation of a small church in Clifton, New Jersey had just celebrated mass and was kneeling to say prayers for the dead when evil came into their sanctuary.

Evil had traveled a long way – from India, through California and then across America to New Jersey.  His name was Joseph Pallipurath and he carried the delusion that he, literally, owned another person, his wife of less than a year, 24 year old Reshama James.

They had their roots in a different country and culture and submitted to an arranged marriage by their Indian families, going back to India for the ceremony. After settling in California the brutality began and American born Reshama knew just what to do.  She got a court in Sacramento to issue restraining orders against Joseph but it did no good. So Reshama fled to New Jersey to start anew. Evil followed her and more court orders were issued in New Jersey.

As they say, restraining orders are just pieces of paper … [click to continue…]

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A Look Inside Gitmo – From Someone Who Lived There

by Diane Dimond on February 7, 2009

One of the remaining 250 Gitmo Prisoners

One of the remaining 250 Gitmo Prisoners

President Barack Obama has fast tracked closing the multi-million dollar American constructed and controlled detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Ok, so now where do all the bad guys go after Gitmo shuts its doors?

It’s a question that’s long plagued Brigadier General Greg Zanetti who from January 2008 to January 2009 was the deputy commander of Gitmo.

“These are bad men,” General Zanetti told me after his recent return to his native Albuquerque, New Mexico.  “There is an edge to these guys Americans just don’t understand.” In a slow, emphatic voice he said, “They want us dead.”

And without quite saying it I got the feeling General Zanetti meant the new President is among those who don’t “get it.” [click to continue…]

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