May 2009

Paying a Debt to Society – Then What?

by Diane Dimond on May 25, 2009

Leavenworth, Vickless

Leavenworth, Vickless

Prisoner number 33765-183 walked out of the federal penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kansas this week. He’d been sentenced to 23 months but he got out a bit early for good behavior. He’ll serve the last two months of his sentence in home confinement.

The point is – prisoner number 33765-183 did the crime and he did the time. Now, what will the rest of Michael Vick’s life be like?

Vick was, of course, an NFL quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons when it was revealed that for five years he’d been running a brutal dogfighting operation from his 15 acre country home in Virginia. Why he’d be involved in such a blood lust venture is anybody’s guess. [click to continue…]

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The Big Blue Secret

by Diane Dimond on May 18, 2009

 

Domestic Abuse Hurts So ManyShe dug her heels into the carpet and put all her weight into trying to hold the door shut. Blood trickled down her face, her hands shaking uncontrollably. As she fumbled to engage the lock she heard him on the other side of the door, cursing, promising to kill her this time. Despite the terror she never thought to call police for help. Her husband still wore his patrol uniform, his service revolver at his hip. One move toward the phone to call his office and it would be bullets coming through the door …

Domestic violence happens everywhere. In poor, middle class and wealthy households terrible secrets are being held. Overwhelmed by the pressures of life some people snap and lash out at the person they are supposed to love the most.

This column is about a specific type of domestic violence. The type perpetrated by police officers once they go home. It’s the “Big Blue Secret” … [click to continue…]

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Antiquated Drug Laws Cost Us Plenty

by Diane Dimond on May 11, 2009

Join Me?

Join Me?

Come sit down with me. Let’s have a chat – a meaningful and productive chat. You comfortable, you want some tea?

Here’s what I’m thinking. With all this change in the air, this idea that we really can shake up the status quo and attack our nation’s problems from a different angle – we probably should take a look at our drug laws. Don’t you think?

Remember back in 1969 when President Nixon declared a “War on Drugs”? We were going to wipe out the illegal drug trade that stopped so many of us from being productive citizens! Wow, that sure sounded like a great plan. But, here we are 40 years later and we’re still struggling with what to do about those who either sell or get addicted to illegal drugs … [click to continue…]

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Killer Classifieds

by Diane Dimond on May 4, 2009

CEO Buckmaster Denies Sex

CEO Buckmaster Denies Sex

Jim Buckmaster must think we’re stupid.  He’s the C.E.O. of Craigslist the popular and controversial internet classified ad site. Faced with another major public relations disaster, this time the murder of a young woman who reportedly hooked up with her killer via Craigslist, all Buckmaster had to say was, “I would not describe any section of our site as ‘sex related.'” He admits Craigslist does feature an “erotic services” section but, he says, it was not designed to offer more than “legitimate escort services, sensual massage or exotic dancers.”

What does he think “erotic service” leads to – a game of paddy cake? [click to continue…]

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