June 2010

Fighting Illegal Immigration at the Local Level

by Diane Dimond on June 28, 2010

The Catch 22 of Immigration Reform

Dateline: June 28, 2010

It’s a terrible Catch-22. For years now the powers that be in Washington have done next to nothing to help define and refine the nation’s immigration laws. So states and municipalities have started to tackle the job themselves. However, when the ‘locals’ are finally exasperated enough to take action they’re hauled into court for encroaching on the federal government’s purview!

Let me get this straight. The Feds won’t act to fix our immigration mess but the states can’t do anything either because it’s the Feds’ job? Oh, what a paralyzed mess we’ve become in this country!

We’ve all heard about what Arizona did. [click to continue…]

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Kids + Reality TV = Bad Combination

by Diane Dimond on June 21, 2010

Dads Should Take the Cake - But Not All Do

Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads out there! I hope it’s a day when both you and your children stop to realize how lucky you are.

Now, to a not so pretty picture of fatherhood – fathers who exploit their children in the hopes that they’ll make it big in reality TV. It’s gotten to be an awful trend and I don’t know who to blame first – the parents or the TV executives who buy only the most outrageous plots.

The world was mesmerized when 16 year old Abby Sunderland recently set sail to try to become the youngest person to circumnavigate the globe alone. [click to continue…]

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Glorifying the Criminal

by Diane Dimond on June 14, 2010

Lucas circa 1975 - He Destroyed a Generation

Lucas circa 1975 - He Destroyed a Generation

So many topics to write about this week! British Petroleum investigated for possible criminal activity over the oil spill in the Gulf! Notorious Dutchman Joran van der Sloot confesses to killing a young Peruvian woman! The headlines have been on fire about these stories.

But this week I want to tell you about Frank. He’s written a book. And he appears to be the toast of the town, getting full page write ups for his new autobiography entitled, “Original Gangster.” His publicity machine from St. Martin’s Press is trying to convince TV and radio personalities to interview Frank because his story is, “is a chilling look at the rise and fall of a modern legacy.” And besides, they gush, Denzel Washington once portrayed Frank in the movie “American Gangster.”

Frank is Frank Lucas, the nefarious drug lord who admits he hooked a huge portion of his Harlem neighborhood on heroin back in the late 60’s and early 70’s. [click to continue…]

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The Lesson of Joe Sestak

by Diane Dimond on June 7, 2010

What's It Take To Get Here?

I don’t usually write about politics. It’s too sticky a subject and besides people already have their minds pretty much made up about who they like and which party they identify with. Me? I’m a registered independent, always have been. I figure my political opinion isn’t going to change anyone’s mind.

However, when folks start talking about no less than a former president of the United States having committed a federal election law crime, my ears perk up….

The quick back story: The White House now admits it plotted to stop…

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