September 2012

New Cell Phone? You’re a Target

by Diane Dimond on September 24, 2012

Want One? Be Prepared

 

Are you and your family among those who can’t wait to get their hands on one of the new Apple iPhone 5’s? Have you already gotten yours?

If so, well, congratulations! You’ve just added yourself to a growing number of potential robbery victims being targeted in sprees sprouting up nationwide. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but there are those out there who see your new communications toy – be it an iPhone, i-Pad, Smartphone or other type of mobile device – as a way to make a fast buck. Steal it, sell it, make some dishonest money. [click to continue…]

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Prisoner’s Rights Run Amok

by Diane Dimond on September 17, 2012

Do Prisoners Deserve More Rights Than Law Abiders?

 

Recently, I wrote about the sometimes deadly lack of air conditioning for prisoners during our blisteringly hot summers. Despite several inmate deaths in cell blocks with temperatures as high as 130 degrees, I got a raft of reader e-mails taking me to task for being too soft on convicts.

This week, I turn the tables to announce my absolute, unequivocal opposition to a pro-prisoner court order you may find positively shocking. I know I did.

The prisoner at the center of the controversy is Michelle Kosilek. But up until 1993 this person was known as Robert Kosilek. In 1990, Robert’s wife, Cheryl, already distressed over his drinking came home to find him dressed up in her clothes. A fight ensued and the trial court found Robert was guilty of strangling Cheryl with a wire and abandoning her naked body in the family car outside a local mall. [click to continue…]

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America’s Pastime a Crime? Time to Re-Shuffle Laws!

by Diane Dimond on September 10, 2012

Playing Poker is Illegal?!?

The Great American pastime isn’t just one thing, it is lots of things. There is the game of baseball. There’s eating apple pie. And, there is poker. It’s the card game played by millions of Americans in nearly every community in every state of the union.

The first two activities are perfectly legal, but poker? Well, that depends on where you play the game – at a card table or via the internet – and the state in which you live.

I have such fond memories of playing poker I can’t imagine why some states still have laws labeling it as illegal gambling. When I was a kid growing up in Albuquerque my cash-strapped parents often had friends over for a rousing poker game. They threw modest New Year’s Eve parties where two-bit limit poker games were the centerpiece. After I moved out on my own, playing poker was a fun and inexpensive way to make new friends and interact with colleagues outside work. [click to continue…]

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Crimes Against Journalism and You

by Diane Dimond on September 3, 2012

Are You More Informed Now Than 4 Years Ago?

You are being cheated– cheated out of important information the media should be bringing you but isn’t. To me, it’s a crime not only against you – the voters – but against the craft of journalism to which I’ve dedicated my life.

Understand that this is not a column touting either Republican or Democratic politicians. This is about the reporters who cover those politicians for a living and what I see as their monumental failure to serve the public.

I’ve been there done that. During my career I’ve covered presidential campaigns and conventions, the U.S. Congress and the White House. While it has always been a game of reporters trying to coax real news out of calculating politicians and their strategists today’s manipulation of the media – and reporters willingness to be used as conduits in the current trend of “politics of destruction” – is over the top bad. [click to continue…]

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