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Blind Justice: Laws Apply To All Citizens

Blind Justice: Laws Apply To All Citizens

The law says dangerous or illegal actions have consequences. Countless U.S. citizens enter the justice system every year after authorities determine they did something that physically or emotionally harmed someone, financially cheated another person or exposed people to peril.

So why do government employees so often escape the punishment you or I would face in similar circumstances?

Case in point: In what very nearly looks like a case of federally sponsored child trafficking the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement put countless children at risk yet no one has been held accountable. Beginning in fall of 2011, tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors from Central America began to flood across the Mexican border in search of a better life in America. We were not prepared. [click to continue…]

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SCOTUS Justices

Supreme Court Justices Could Give the White House Massive New Power

It will be a monumental decision either way. One that has the potential to shape national politics and public policy for decades to come. And don’t be fooled into thinking it’s just about U.S. immigration policy. It is much bigger than that.

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether it is legal for a sitting president to issue an executive order that changes existing law, thus by-passing Congress, the branch of government empowered to make the laws. [click to continue…]

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Stop the Email Spam!

by Diane Dimond on January 19, 2016

SPAM: Unwanted Emails Soliciting Your Business

SPAM: Unwanted Emails Soliciting Your Business

You would think that since Mexican law enforcement finally re-captured the world’s most prolific drug dealer I’d be writing about El Chapo and his possible extradition to the United States. Or that I might have something to say about Sean Penn, the fading movie star, posing as a journalist, who wrote a fawning magazine article about the man who has spread so much poison across the globe.

Nope, I’m no fan but I don’t think Penn broke any laws last October when he secretly traveled deep into Mexico for a clandestine sit-down with the fugitive. Case closed.

This week I write to say I don’t want any free coupons for toilet paper discounts. I don’t need advice on burial insurance, breast augmentation, a mid-wife or penile enlargement guarantees. I don’t want to click a box on an e-mail and learn what my credit score is or why my hair is falling out – because it isn’t, thank you very much. [click to continue…]

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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…]

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The Case Against Cosby – What Took So Long?

by Diane Dimond on January 4, 2016

Charged With a Felony

Charged With a Felony

It never should have taken this long. It never should have taken more than 50 women alleging sexual assault at the hands of a celebrity before that celebrity was ordered to court to answer the allegations.

But it has finally happened. Comedian Bill Cosby now finds himself in a very un-funny position. He was arraigned this week in a Pennsylvania court on a felony charge of aggravated indecent assault, forced to give up his passport and post a $1 million bond to keep himself out of jail. The charges were filed right before the state’s statute of limitations on such a crime would have run out.

The event that compelled Cosby to appear occurred nearly 12 years earlier. [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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College Protestors: Welcome to the Real World

by Diane Dimond on November 30, 2015

Mizzou Protests Exposed Racial Inequality, Forced Resignations

Mizzou Protests Exposed Racial Inequality — Sadly, Not All College Protests Are So Focused

Another Thanksgiving has come and gone. Hope yours was happy and peaceful. Now we ponder what will future generations be thankful for?

I foresee a future where the current college aged crowd will matriculate into society believing everything should go exactly as they imagine. And when it doesn’t they will run to the closest authority to demand that it be made so. In their minds the world is there to make them feel completely contented at all times. They firmly believe nothing should ever make anyone feel uncomfortable or slighted in the least. [click to continue…]

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Defeating the Evildoers On All Fronts

by Diane Dimond on November 23, 2015

Banded Together The World CAN Stop It

Banded Together The World CAN Stop It

My friend Nancy and I were talking the other day about the terrorist attacks in Paris. Nancy, you should know, is retired law enforcement and one of the most interesting thinkers I know. She has a way of cutting through all the bull to get right to the heart of an issue.

About the Muslim terrorists who commit atrocities in the name of Islam Nancy said, “They only speak and understand one language – violence.” We agreed that we should leave the actual war planning to the experts. Air strikes versus boots-on-the-ground? We defer to the Pentagon on that.

But then Nancy added, “If we don’t step up our response we’ll never stop this infestation.” [click to continue…]

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