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Diane Dimond’S Weekly Column

False Prophets and Their Profits

Diane Dimond | Posted 08.01.2011 | Media
Diane Dimond

Harold Camping was quoted as saying he's "flabbergasted and stunned" that he and his followers are still on this earth. He has re-calculated and now says the Rapture has been re-scheduled for October 21.

Killing Killers -- Okay With You?

Diane Dimond | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Diane Dimond

Illinois is a perfect microcosm of our decade's long national debate and flip-flop on the death penalty. Should the United States be in the business of killing killers?

Congress Could Easily Save Billions

Diane Dimond | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Diane Dimond

There are billions of American taxpayer dollars wasted every year in criminal fraud and abuse cases. In this era of austerity, why doesn't Congress focus on that?

Digging Deeper on Teen Killers

Diane Dimond | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Diane Dimond

I goofed. I thought I had researched it thoroughly enough but the response to my last column showed me I did not. Consider this my mea culpa. The co...

The State of Whose Union?

Diane Dimond | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Diane Dimond

We all agree our government needs major restructuring: five agencies that handle housing problems? It's crazy! But an overhaul isn't achievable, and innovation and reconciliation are impossible, if we're all hunkered down feeling unsafe.

Revenge Murders and Mental Illness

Diane Dimond | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Diane Dimond

Instead of the focus being on which political party might have lit Loughner's final fuse, why didn't we -- why don't we -- concentrate more on the mental health of our fellow citizens?

Free At Last -- The Scott Sister's New Lives

Diane Dimond | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Diane Dimond

Something tells me the state of Mississippi isn't done paying the cost of what has been done to the Scott sisters.

A Crime and Justice Wish List for 2011

Diane Dimond | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Diane Dimond

Wouldn't it be wonderful if the commandment to "Love Thy Neighbor as Yourself" was the only law we needed? Strictly adhered to that would be enough to curb crime in a big way.

Dream Lives For Immigration Reform

Diane Dimond | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Diane Dimond

Our procrastinating Congress ended the first half of its 111th session by once again failing to pass the so-called DREAM Act. The act could have become the first brave and concrete step on the arduous road to immigration reform.

Medicinal Marijuana on Trial

Diane Dimond | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Diane Dimond

There is a precedent setting case about medicinal marijuana and a state's right to allow it now playing out in California with surprisingly little media attention. Here's the scoop.

When Cyberspace Comes Back to Haunt

Diane Dimond | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Diane Dimond

As technology developments bring us new ways to protect our communications it also brings new ways for the mischief-minded and the criminal to take advantage of us.

Polygamy Pays in Cable TV World

Diane Dimond | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Diane Dimond

In the opening episode of Sister Wives, Kody Brown announced that since "love should be multiplied, not divided," he had decided to take yet another wife.

They Pardon Turkeys Don't They?

Diane Dimond | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Diane Dimond

The turkey President Obama granted a ceremonial pardon to last year was named Courage. I hope this year Obama and Schwarzenegger have the courage to give Dan Hanks a break. He's long overdue for one.

America Finances Atrocity in Afghanistan

Diane Dimond | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Diane Dimond

During the mid-term election debate we barely heard a discussion about Afghanistan. Why is that? It's a war that's costing us $30 billion dollars a ye...

A Mexican Savior or a Sitting Duck?

Diane Dimond | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Diane Dimond

Remember the name Marisol Valles Garcia. She'll either go down in history as a selfless heroine or she'll soon be dead. Maybe both. 20 year old Mar...

Terrorist Trial on Trial

Diane Dimond | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Diane Dimond

He didn't commit a crime. He committed an act of war against the United States of America. So why did the U.S. Justice Department decide to put him...

Citizen Revolt - Sweep Out the Bums!

Diane Dimond | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Diane Dimond

Could it be a trend? Oh, please tell me it's a trend! There seems to be a mini-movement underway of disgruntled taxpayers and law enforcement offici...

Accounting for Justice

Diane Dimond | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Diane Dimond

The scene: A judge sitting on the bench, gavel in hand. Sentence is about to be passed on a convicted person nervously standing at the defense table....

Justice in a 2.0 World

Diane Dimond | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Diane Dimond

An impact of the internet you might not have realized -- the ways in which it's used to manipulate what happens in courtrooms. The manipulations are legal. It's up to you to decide if they are ethical.

The Next Big Push: Immigration Reform

Diane Dimond | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Diane Dimond

We should never lose sight of the plight of illegal aliens, driven by the desire to provide better for their families. But at the same time, they must admit they are in a situation of their own making.