December 2015

2015: Horrible Year in Many Respects

2015: Horrible Year in Many Respects

There’s no getting around it. Americans have just gone through an Annus Horribilis, to borrow a phrase from Queen Elizabeth. 2015 has been filled with disturbing news about acts of terrorism and the threat of more, mass shootings, racial unrest and major questions about how our criminal justice system works – or doesn’t.

Add in what many see as unsettling and contradictory political pronouncements about our future and is it any wonder that we feel frightened, frustrated and without hope? Fear – of homegrown or lone-wolf terrorists, gun violence, policy brutality, racial strife, our children’s future – has become the new American normal. [click to continue…]

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Our Dying Death Penalty

by Diane Dimond on December 21, 2015

Lethal Injections Are Down in the U.S.

Lethal Injections Are Down in the U.S.

As much of the world is consumed with how to respond to the bloodthirsty and murderous group known as ISIS, as various ways for our troops to kill radical Islamists are contemplated, here at home the appetite for state sponsored killings is down.

It’s an interesting contrast to contemplate while studying the findings from two newly released year-end reports.   [click to continue…]

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‘Tis the Season to Get Scammed

by Diane Dimond on December 14, 2015

Especially Not Over the Holiday Season

Especially Not Over the Holiday Season!

It’s that time of year again. People want your money.

Charities know folks are in a giving frame of mind as the holidays draw near. Rip-off artists also realize that during this season folks are often just too busy to notice a scam when it’s right under their nose.

Hey, thieves need holiday spending money too and aren’t fussy about how they get it.

One old scam that’s now returned is the fake phone call from the Internal Revenue Service. [click to continue…]

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Earth to Donald Trump:  Words Matter

by Diane Dimond on December 7, 2015

Bluster Works in Business – But in the White House?

Would you do business with someone who routinely exaggerated his or her ability? Someone who, in the course of trying to sell you something, said things that were cocky, vague or just not true?

Clearly, it would be foolish to buy anything from a person like that. Lying about the goods and services to be delivered in the course of doing business is a crime. Its fraud at worst, false advertising at best.

Keep this in mind as you listen to Donald Trump on his I’m-bigger-smarter-stronger-more energetic-richer-than everyone-else campaign for the White House. Too bad he’s selling himself instead of, say, one of his skyscraper apartments because if his promises were all about a real estate deal one might have legal recourse. [click to continue…]

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