January 2010

Mark McGwire Must Think We’re Stupid

by Diane Dimond on January 25, 2010

Not Buying What He's Sellin'

Not Buying What He's Sellin'

Mark McGwire must think we’re stupid.

The former baseball superstar certainly looked the part of a contrite apologist last week during his interview with sportscaster extraordinaire, Bob Costas. With his red eyes brimming and his chin quavering, McGwire finally came clean about his past use of performance enhancing drugs. I truly felt for the man.

“I used steroids during my playing career and I apologize,” McGwire said.

He went on to explain that he first dipped his toe into the fetid steroid pool during the 1989 season. After he was injured in 1993, McGwire admitted, he once again began using both steroids and human growth hormones, and he kept using them right through the 1998 season. [click to continue…]

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Lawsuits Don’t Have to be So Painful

by Diane Dimond on January 18, 2010

Time For A Better Way

Time For A Better Way

Lots of lawyers aren’t going to like this column. It’s about a new way for the rest of us to think about legal representation.

Up front let me say, there’s always going to be conflict. People who disagree over business, property, divorce or next door neighbor stuff. But what if, rather than hire high priced lawyers to duke it out in court over months or even years, conflict was solved in a better, faster more productive way? It would still be legally binding – it just wouldn’t necessarily take so long or be so expensive. It definitely wouldn’t be so gut wrenching.

Enter the idea called “collaborative law.” Here’s how it works: [click to continue…]

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Good Crime Stat News For A Change!

by Diane Dimond on January 11, 2010

Ahh - Optimism!

Ahh - Optimism!

Is that some light I see at the end of the crime and justice tunnel? Well, by golly, I think it is!

Let’s start out this New Year by reviewing some recent encouraging news from the crime and justice front.

First, the overall crime rate in America is down. It may not feel like it where you live, some states had better showings than others, but nationwide the statistics are startling, especially since many believe in times of economic stress crime rates usually go up. This proves that’s not necessarily so. [click to continue…]

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America’s Wrong Reaction To Terror

by Diane Dimond on January 4, 2010

Umar Wants To Kill Americans

Umar Wanted To Kill Americans

There is a hue and cry across the land for tighter security at airports following the thwarted Christmas day terror attack by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab on board the Northwest Airline flight bound for Detroit. As if making us take off more clothes at check points, or demanding we sit in our seats for the last hour of a flight or removing blankets from our laps will insure safer flights.

I cannot jump on this bandwagon.

Concentrating on more ways to punish all the rest of us because of a delusional student terrorist from Nigeria makes about as much sense as what happened after … [click to continue…]

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