Columnist: Leonard Pitts

Jul. 25, 2014 @ 11:31 AM

Candidate runs for wrong bus, leaves border issue unsolved

It's a revealing video.

Not in the sense of physical nakedness. No, what is naked in that clip is a kind of political opportunism that has become all too common.


Jul. 21, 2014 @ 12:36 PM

Todd Akin's back again to talk of rape

So, Todd Akin is back and he's talking rape again.

You remember what happened last time. 


Jul. 11, 2014 @ 11:00 AM

Louis Zamperini was more than a hero

Just two pages into the book "Unbroken," its protagonist is in the water, hiding beneath the deteriorating life raft in which he has been drifting across the Pacific Ocean for almost a month. Overhead, Japanese bombers are circling back to strafe him a second time. And sharks are approaching from below.

 

Jul. 07, 2014 @ 08:55 AM

Courageous or spineless? Our actions -- or inactions -- decide for us

The psychological explanation for what happened to Catherine Ferreira is neat and tidy and sounds like reason.

"The bystander effect," explains Psychology Today on its website, "occurs when the presence of others hinders an individual from intervening in an emergency situation." 


Jul. 04, 2014 @ 02:28 PM

A 'narrow' decision from the narrow-minded

Relax. This is not a slippery slope.

So Justices Samuel Alito writing for the majority and Anthony Kennedy writing in concurrence, take pains to assure us in the wake of the Supreme Court's latest disastrous decision. 


Jun. 30, 2014 @ 11:21 AM

Half way is still only half way

Sen. Richard Russell called it a work of "manifold evils."

Sen. Barry Goldwater called it a "threat to the very essence" of America.

Rep. Howard Smith called it a "monstrous instrument of oppression."

It was the Civil Rights Act of 1964. 


Jun. 27, 2014 @ 10:31 AM

Tragedy explored in 'Broken Heart Land'

His family doesn't know if Zack actually heard any of it firsthand.

 

Jun. 20, 2014 @ 10:53 AM

Casey Kasem, hip to be square

He remembered everything about that night.

 

Jun. 13, 2014 @ 02:00 PM

Wow! And thanks to you

How about some good news for a change?


Jun. 09, 2014 @ 09:26 AM

NRA backtracks from rare instance of making sense

A few days ago, the NRA inadvertently said something reasonable.

This, in response to a series of protests in Texas. It seems advocates of the right to carry firearms openly have taken to showing up en masse at public places -- coffee shops, museums, restaurants, etc. -- toting shotguns and assault rifles. 


Jun. 06, 2014 @ 12:15 PM

While our planet melts, GOP pleads ignorance

It is irreversible now.

And there's a word that should get everybody's attention. Last month, two groups of scientists, publishing separately in the journals Science and Geophysical Research Letters, issued reports that came to alarmingly similar conclusions: The melting of the West Antarctic ice sheet has reached a point of no return. If greenhouse gases stopped spewing forth tomorrow, we'd still face the grim prospect of steadily rising seas from this unstoppable melt.


Jun. 02, 2014 @ 11:48 AM

Forced faith is not faith

In a prison in Khartoum, a dusty city on the banks of the ancient Nile in the African nation of Sudan, Meriam Yehya Ibrahim waits.


May. 30, 2014 @ 03:37 PM

Saying enough to gun violence

I am running out of words.

Some crackpot who couldn't get a date stabs and shoots his way across the Southern California college town of Isla Vista, killing six people and wounding 13 before apparently turning his gun on himself. This happened Friday night. And what shall I say about that?
I mean, I know how this goes. We all do. Weren't you sort of expecting it when the father of one of the Isla Vista victims blamed his son's death on the NRA? Would you really be stunned if the NRA countered that none of this would have happened had there been more guns in Isla Vista? 


May. 26, 2014 @ 09:38 AM

It's time to show our veterans some love

"I want a love I can see. That's the only kind that means a thing to me. Don't want a love you have to tell me about. That kind of loving I can sure do without."

-- The Temptations, 1963


May. 23, 2014 @ 11:26 AM

When women attack men -- a double standard

What if he had smacked her one?

She's going after him with fists and feet. What if he had defended himself in kind? Or what if he had been the one who attacked her without physical provocation?
Would it still be funny?
As we all know from a leaked elevator surveillance video that has been replayed countless times on television and online, that's not how it happened. Instead, rapper and businessman Jay Z deflected the blows and at one point caught a kicking foot in midair, but otherwise made no aggressive moves as his sister-in-law, singer Solange Knowles, whaled on him.