April 2009

A ‘Lil Swab Will Do ‘Ya

by Diane Dimond on April 27, 2009

Open Wide ...

Open Wide ...

What if a policeman approached and ordered you to open wide for a DNA mouth swab test? Suppose you were pulled over on suspicion of DWI, check fraud or skipping child support payments and suddenly you found yourself on the business end of a Q-tip. Would you submit or refuse and ask for your lawyer?

It’s not so far fetched a scenario. Both the FBI and police officials in at least 15 states have recently ratcheted up efforts to collect DNA samples from nearly all those who pass through their systems, whether they’re a hardened criminal or merely a suspect. [click to continue…]

{ 15 comments }

The Real America: Finding Good News Amongst the Bad

by Diane Dimond on April 20, 2009

The Hero Antidote To Crime News

The Antidote To Ugly Crime News

Sometimes America seems like an ugly place to live. The Associated Press recently reported that “there were 53 mass shooting deaths in the United States in the past month.” Shocking and the details are gruesome. Among the killings was a pair of triple homicides of police officers in California and Pennsylvania; a father near Tacoma, Washington thought his wife was cheating and killed his five children and then himself; an angry ex-husband gunned down 8 people at the North Carolina nursing home where his former wife worked; an unemployed Vietnamese immigrant in Binghamton, New York slaughtered 13 innocents at a civic center before committing suicide.

But I don’t want to dwell on the ugly today. Not today.

Let’s concentrate on what’s good about Americans. The instinctive values and integrity found in the vast majority of us who would never commit a crime, let alone mass murder.  Americans who would automatically step up like Captain Richard Phillips did. [click to continue…]

{ 9 comments }

Who’s Watching Our Trillion Dollars?

by Diane Dimond on April 13, 2009

It Attracks Criminals

It Attracts Criminals

Get ready for a new crime wave to sweep the nation. It may take a while for us to notice, but it will come. It’ll be sparked by the billions and billions of economic stimulus dollars being doled out by the federal government.

As an understated FBI director Robert Mueller put it during an appearance before Congress recently, the infusion of cash will “lead to an inevitable increase in economic crime and public corruption cases.”

Mr. Willie Sutton

Mr. Willie Sutton

Just as serial bank robber Willie Sutton said when asked why he robbed so many banks, “Because that’s where the money is.” It’s the same thing today. Any sudden windfall of money is like an aphrodisiac to the dishonest. It happened after Uncle Sam pumped a mountain of money into the South after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita…

[click to continue…]

{ 14 comments }

Can A Month Change The World?

by Diane Dimond on April 4, 2009

I was into bubble gum and Nancy Drew mysteries

I was into bubble gum and Nancy Drew mysteries

Ive never been a joiner. As a child I didn’t join the Girl Scouts or go out for cheerleader. I would never have considered joining the Math Club or commemorating Save the Earthworm Day. But as I’ve matured I’ve come to realize that only when people band together around a specific cause or purpose do others become educated and aware. It’s only when passionate people form a movement that things truly change.

For example, it was the nationwide campaign highlighting the startling number of traffic deaths that got us to change our habits and wear seat belts. When a concerted campaign showed us the insides of our bodies and the harm done by cigarettes our national smoking rate began to plummet. And when drinking and driving, once tolerated and hardly punished, became the cause celeb of a group of women called Mothers Against Drunk Driving the rest of us began to madd2change our thinking about this now taboo practice.

So, it’s with great fascination that I watch another group of women and their current campaign …  [click to continue…]

{ 18 comments }