Violence as Entertainment

by Diane Dimond on November 9, 2015

Violence as Entertainment Permeates

Why Are We So Entertained by Violence?

Violence permeates civilization worldwide.  So many violent condition exist across the Middle East and Africa that millions of people have been forced to, literally, walk their way out of countries like Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and Eritrea to find a safer life. The result is one of the most profound and perilous migration of refugees in world history.

But here in America we embrace the genre of violence as one of our biggest sources of entertainment. The most successful prime time TV shows and movies are those with violent, bloody plot lines. This is no call for a return to all romantic comedies or coming-of-age films. I just wonder why we are so fascinated by violence. [click to continue…]


The Tarantino Travesty

by Diane Dimond on November 2, 2015

Tarantino Declares Cops Are "Murderers"

Tarantino Declares Cops Are “Murderers”

Note to Quentin Tarantino:  Shut up.

I don’t ask my house painter to do my taxes. I don’t want my dentist involved in redesigning my bathroom and I certainly don’t ask my car mechanic to run my website. Everyone has their strengths in life, Mr. Tarantino, and while you may be a successful director of violent Hollywood films you are, by no means, an expert on our nation’s police force.

As I recall, your 1992 film, “Reservoir Dogs,” featured a terrifying scene in which a cop is tortured so we already know where you stand. A little research digs up information showing that you’ve been arrested for shoplifting, done jail time after ignoring $7,000 worth of parking tickets and, more recently, sued for assaulting a Hollywood producer. So, really, spare us your pontificating about the state of law and order in America. [click to continue…]


Lamar Odom Isn’t the Only Overdose We Should Care About

by Diane Dimond on October 26, 2015

Countless Overdoses Nationwide Every Day

Countless Overdoses Nationwide Every Day

Can I just vent this week? Please? Thank you.

I am a sympathetic person, really I am. But the excessive and fawning news coverage of former NBA player Lamar Odom’s illegal drug use and self-imposed near death experience has been disgusting. To say the coverage has been excessive and out of proportion to its value as a news story is an understatement.

If this guy hadn’t played professional basketball or married into the camera-craving Kardashian clan we never would have heard about his recent medical emergency … and heard every minute detail about it. [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 World is Watching America’s Gun Violence

by Diane Dimond on October 12, 2015

At Ashford Castle in County Mayo, Ireland

At Ashford Castle in County Mayo, Ireland

After a glorious vacation abroad I return this week to admit I came home embarrassed for my country.

My husband and I were in Ireland when word of America’s latest mass shooting hit the European media and the story was the lead item on every news program.

Sky News, the BBC, Good Morning Ireland each featured American reporters in Roseburg, Oregon for the latest on the shooting. Then they brought in panels of pundits to talk about it.

“When there are 24 campus shootings in one year in America we need to realize there is something profound happening in America,” said Zoe Williams, a columnist for the Guardian newspaper. “It doesn’t happen anywhere else in the world.” [click to continue…]


Strength in Numbers Could Bring About Change on Gun Control

by Diane Dimond on September 21, 2015

Survivors of the Murdered – How Do They Cope?

You know how when you trip and fall and no matter how badly you are hurt your first inclination is to jump up and declare that you are okay? You automatically gather up all your strength, hop up and say, “I’m fine. Really. Thanks.” The next day the pain seeps in to let you know you’re not okay.

In my klutz-prone world this is the scenario I think of when watching the parents of gun violence victims.

The media pesters them for comment and they bravely face the cameras. They instinctively declare they are fine and determined to wage a campaign for better control of the massive gun stash we have in this country. As the interviews go on for a few days we come to realize these survivors cannot possibly be fine. [click to continue…]


Who's the REAL Daddy?

Who’s the REAL Daddy?

Countless children go through life not knowing the true identity of their father. Shame on their mothers. And shame on the U.S. court system that, more often than you realize, forces child support on men with no DNA connection.

These false establishments of paternity, as they are called, happen in courts across the country. Our broken family court system is intent on getting someone – really anyone – on record as being responsible for the child so the state won’t be.

The result? Circles of victimized people. [click to continue…]


Citizen Angels For Families of the Missing

by Diane Dimond on August 10, 2015

Julie Pendley Lost Her Cousin - Found a Calling

Julie Pendley Lost Her Cousin, Ben, And Found a Calling

Sometimes out of tragedy comes triumph. Such is the case for Julie Pendley of Fayetteville, Arkansas.

In May, her cousin Ben Baber and his best friend Cody Parrick went missing. The two 20-year-olds had driven from their homes in Okmulgee, Oklahoma to attend a concert in Pryor, about an hour-and-a-half away.

That was the last anyone heard from them. A devastating rainstorm had passed through the area about the same time the young men would have been driving home and it was feared that Ben, an inexperienced driver, might have had an accident. [click to continue…]


Vietnam Vets Returned to Scorn and Ridicule

Vietnam Vets Returned to Scorn and Ridicule

Isn’t it ironic?

In the 70’s Vietnam veterans returned from an unpopular war to society’s scorn and cries of, “Baby killer!” Over the decades, we began to understand they had been brave and selfless and we learned to treat returning vets with understanding and support – wounded or not – as they transition back into society.

Ironically, we never went back to fully support the Vietnam-era vets who taught us the valuable lesson of honoring our warriors. [click to continue…]