July 2012

The Rhetoric of the Aurora Aftermath

by Diane Dimond on July 30, 2012

Will More Gun Laws Stop Massacres?

Are you completely exhausted by all the after-the-fact gun control talk? Yeah, me too.

Every time a mentally deranged James Holmes (Aurora, Colorado), a Jared Loughner (Tucson, Arizona) or a Seung-Hui Cho (Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia) commits mass murder we hear an endless stream of recriminations about how we need to pass more gun control laws.

Fact: Over the last 20 years we’ve winnowed down the number of gun laws on the books and guess what? The murder rate hasn’t gone up. Homicide rates are down.

Look, I believe we can always massage the gun laws we have to keep up with the changing times. For example, I think no one ever needs to have a single magazine with 30, 50 or 100 bullets in it. (Thank goodness, police say, when Holmes opened fire in that Colorado movie theater his semi-automatic rifle jammed and he was unable to fire all 100 of his rounds) [click to continue…]

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Your Body Telegraphs Your Lies

by Diane Dimond on July 26, 2012

Polygraphs Have Come a Long Way

So, have you heard the stories about how to beat a polygraph test? Ever read any of the odd suggestions on the internet? Among them: Count backwards from 100 during the test to distract your brain, learn to control your breathing, put a tack in your shoe or bite down hard on your tongue to elicit a pain response and the one that makes me laugh the hardest – contract your anal sphincter muscle to confuse the results of the test.

Do any of these methods work? According to the experts they do not.

In fact, if used they can actually make innocent people look guilty. [click to continue…]

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Executing the Retarded?

by Diane Dimond on July 24, 2012

Death By Lethal Injection

When I saw the headlines my stomach lurched. The State of Georgia has issued an execution warrant for a retarded man? Oh, Good Grief, I thought, has America come to this? Despite a U.S. Supreme Court ruling more than a decade ago banning the execution of retarded citizens Georgia was going to go ahead and send Warren Lee Hill, Jr. to the death chamber anyway?

Multiple news stories told me plans to execute Mr. Hill were moving forward because he couldn’t prove he was mentally retarded, “beyond a reasonable doubt.”

Why would the state of Georgia put that kind of caveat on retardation, I wondered. How could they possibly want to put to death a man who didn’t have the capacity to know right from wrong? [click to continue…]

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Show Your Papers – But WHAT Papers?

by Diane Dimond on July 9, 2012

What's in Your Wallet?

Gentlemen, grab your wallets. Ladies, look in your billfold. See the spots there for credit cards and your driver’s license? I bet there’s room for one more card in there, right? I propose we fill it with a National ID card.

Now wait, before you decide I’m some sort of proponent for a police state take a deep breath. Hear me out.

Don’t think of it in terms of, “A tool for social control,” as the ACLU consistently calls the idea of a National ID card. Think of it this way: One little card could wipe out a whole host of expensive and needlessly complicated steps employers, civil servants, hospital emergency workers and school officials are forced to take in the quest to get a handle on illegal immigration, employment fraud and voter fraud. One card could do it all. [click to continue…]

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Only Adults Can Stop Sandusky-types

by Diane Dimond on July 2, 2012

Pedophiles: Exactly Who You'd Never Suspect

It was the most raw and emotionally brutal court cases I’ve ever sat through – the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania vs. Jerry Sandusky.

Eight young men ranging in age from 18 to 28 testifying about their utter loss of innocence at the hands of a serial pedophile who plucked his prey out of the ranks of his own charity. The powerful and often tearful testimony came at us rat-a-tat-tat so that observers felt smacked in-between the eyes at the end of every day.

In the end, Sandusky was found guilty of 45 of 48 charges of sexually abusing young boys. I suppose you could call it a victory for the damaged young men who climbed into the witness box and sobbed while, literally, gasping for breath as they told their gut-wrenching stories. But really no one wins. Not even if the victims get a monetary settlement from Penn State University, the institution that first learned of Sandusky’s proclivities back in 1998 and still let him roam it’s campus and locker room showers with his young targets in tow. Talk about enablers! [click to continue…]

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