Historic Lessons to Guide Our Immigration Debate

by Diane Dimond on July 4, 2016

America's Paralyzing Political Divide

America’s Paralyzing Political Divide

The political divide in this country has completely paralyzed us. Generally speaking, half of us think one way, the other half believes just the opposite. The never-ending conflicts — on a whole array of legal issues – continues with no end in sight.

Not even the U.S. Supreme Court could decide what this nation should do to get a grip on our immigration problems. The high court recently deadlocked 4-to-4 on the issue of whether President Obama’s executive order on immigration, which protected millions of undocumented people from being deported, is constitutional. Minus the late conservative Justice, Antonin Scalia, the best the high court could do was a tie, split just like the rest of us. [click to continue…]


States Do What Washington Won’t on Gun Control

by Diane Dimond on January 11, 2016

President Obama Sheds Tears for Gun Victims

President Obama Sheds Tears for Gun Victims

There has been much media coverage on the President plans to control gun violence but I fear we’re missing the bigger picture.

Surely, the emotional frustration the president displayed while unveiling his latest executive order is worth noting and so are his ideas. But, realize, these are the same suggestions he proposed in 2013, after the Sandy Hook elementary school tragedy. Congress ignored them.

By now you’ve heard about his proposals: More people who sell guns – at gun shows and on-line – should be licensed and get mandatory background checks on their buyers. The FBI should process the checks 24/7 with a group of new agents and notify states when someone has illegally tried to buy a gun. [click to continue…]


My Stalker, My Warning

by Diane Dimond on October 19, 2015

My Stalker Says He's Capable of Murder

My Stalker Says He’s Capable of Murder

                     “I am a potential mass shooter….”

That chilling line was written to me by my on-again, off-again cyber-stalker.

He took exception to my opinion in June 2014, that the killer who murdered six and wounded 13 near the campus of University of California, Santa Barbara was, “A young man of privileged means… possessed by a demented, murderous and conniving mind.” My stalker declared I was guilty of violating the Americans With Disabilities Act — by maligning anyone with a mental disorder —  and began a letter writing campaign to smear my name and terminate this column. [click to continue…]


The Artist and her “Portrait Seen ‘Round the World” Courtesy Jane Rosenberg (not for duplication)

A word about courtroom artists, please.

In the wake of “Deflategate” or “Sketchgate” or whatever they’re calling the controversy surrounding New England quarterback Tom Brady these days, I think it’s time to speak up for court artists everywhere.

Disclosure: Jane Rosenberg, the artist at the center of the recent storm over her less-than-perfect depiction of the handsome quarterback, is a pal of mine. I have worked alongside her as the reporter covering a court proceeding, she the assigned artist.  Rosenberg is a 35-year veteran and widely considered to be one of the best in her field. [click to continue…]


Applying Newton’s First Law of Motion to Politics

by Diane Dimond on March 23, 2015

Newton's Law Warns - No Motion, No Change

Newton’s Law Warns – No Change Without Outside Force

Bravo and Hooray! We the American people have officially identified what’s wrong with this country.

For four straight months now the Gallup organization’s poll question, “What do you think is the most important problem facing this country today?” has gotten the same answer. Respondents have concluded that it is (can I get a drum roll, please?) the government.

Gallup reports the economy and unemployment, healthcare, race relations and immigration all continue to worry us but dissatisfaction with our government is the most often mentioned concern these days. In addition, Gallup says 67% of us are not satisfied with the direction the United States is headed. [click to continue…]


Experts Warned of Massive Infection

Experts Warned of Massive Infection

How is it that some of the pending catastrophes we read or hear about in the media simply fade away? What seems so cataclysmic today barely gets a mention next week.

If only irresponsible reporting was declared an actual crime, even just a misdemeanor, there might be less of it. And a lot more doubling back to correct the record when journalists come to realize they’ve been duped.

Case in point: The much ballyhooed prediction of a widespread — even worldwide — Ebola epidemic.

Consider this my mea culpa. It’s my attempt to double back to underscore what appears to be deliberate misinformation from the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control. [click to continue…]


What Kind of Country Are We?

by Diane Dimond on December 8, 2014

Founding Father, Franklin

Founding Father, Franklin

Following my recent column about racial tensions in America I got an e-mail from Gary L. Hoe, of Albuquerque, which made me re-think what our founding fathers had in mind when they established this country.

Hoe reminded me of a quote from Benjamin Franklin, attributed to the statesman as he left the secret confab which hammered out the U.S. Constitution.  Asked by a woman what kind of government had been decided upon – a republic or a monarchy – Franklin replied, “A republic, Madam, if you can keep it.”

Somewhere in the 227 years since then many Americans have adopted the idea that we are a democracy not a republic. Nothing could be further from the intent expressed at that Constitutional Convention in 1787.     [click to continue…]


What Glorifying Football Says About Us

by Diane Dimond on October 27, 2014

Football Fans Can't Get Enough

Football Fans Can’t Seem to Get Enough

This question is going to sound like blasphemy to some but here goes: Why do we glorify the game of football and its players the way we do?

I’m not really an NFL fan but I watch occasional games with my husband. I can take it or leave it but I know there are millions of others who live-breathe-and-eat the game. But, why?

In the aftermath of yet another round of NFL scandals I’ve been thinking about what the game of football, and the fallout from its disgraces, really says about us. I wonder what football’s influence has done to generations of America’s boys. [click to continue…]


Rembrandts of the Courtroom

by Diane Dimond on July 14, 2014

Charles Manson Nearly Caused a Mistrial

Charles Manson Nearly Caused a Mistrial

Okay, show of hands. How many readers have actually sat inside a courtroom and watched a trial? Having been assigned to cover countless high-profile trials over the years I have to admit I relish it.

I love going to courthouses with their stately facades and imposing corridors. And inside it’s like watching a big vat of human soup. We all get stirred up together in a courthouse. The poor, the middle-class, the rich. People seeking justice, people in big trouble with the law, people whose families are falling apart. The process is fascinating to watch.

Inside courtrooms where the most-watched trials take place there is a group of unsung regulars that I have never written about – professional courtroom artists. Whenever I can I try to get a seat next to one of them. Watching them work is a treat. [click to continue…]


Learn to Respect Each Other’s Opinions

by Diane Dimond on July 7, 2014

Are We Really an Independent Nation?

Are We Really Independent Thinkers?

Another 4th of July holiday has come and gone and every year I try to think past the BBQ’s and beer and ponder the origin of Independence Day.

We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.”

That is, of course, the most famous line from the Declaration of Independence approved by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776.

We learned that quote as school kids but these days it seems out of touch with where we are as a nation, doesn’t it? [click to continue…]