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Nation must come before party

You figure the White House is probably feeling pretty good about itself right now.

October 29, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Let's give poor Rush what he deserves

We are gathered here today in sympathy with our brother, Rush Limbaugh.

October 22, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Opinion: Would Polanski get a pass if he were a bus driver?

Somebody please help me with this. Obviously, I'm missing something.

October 08, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Opinion: ACORN misses the point: Don't kill the messenger

Isn't it obvious? If you believe you're the object of a witch hunt, the first thing you do is stop hanging around with witches. You'd think that'd be common sense, but then, the paradox of common sense is, it's not all that common.

October 01, 2009 12:00 amLoading…
Opinion by Leonard J. Pitts Jr.: To the rhythm impaired, DeLay dance was not awful

Opinion by Leonard J. Pitts Jr.: To the rhythm impaired, DeLay dance was not awful

"Do you love me, now that I can dance?"

September 28, 2009 12:00 amLoading…
Opinion: How quickly they forgot Sunday school lessons

Opinion: How quickly they forgot Sunday school lessons

"Thou shalt not bear false witness ..."

September 24, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Saving our kids from an education

Well, that was close. Surely, we are all relieved that at least some children were protected this week from the diabolical Barack Obama. It was touch and go there for a while after the White House announced its plan for the president to give a back-to-school address to America's kids. They m…

September 09, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Think you can hide? Think again

Back in May, I flew to Los Angeles. My cell phone did not. I left it in the car, a fact I only discovered as I was lining up at security. Had I found myself standing there in my underdrawers, I don't think I'd have felt more naked. There was this panicky sense of isolation, this disconcertin…

September 08, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Child-sex predators don't deserve a second chance

And what should we do with our monsters? That we have no answer to that question, that we lack consensus on what to do with sexual predators, is evident from the range of our responses to their crimes.

September 03, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Obama critics should respect 6 million dead

I hope this column makes you sick. See, we'll be talking about Nazis, something many of us are doing lately. Indeed, just this week a fellow named Joseph e-mailed me about a caller he heard on a radio show. The man, vexed over health-care reform, likened President Obama to Adolf Hitler. Aske…

August 20, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Ideal of harmony, peace worthy Woodstock legacy

On Saturday, it will be 40 years since 400,000 hippies descended on Max Yasgur's dairy farm for a concert.

August 13, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Claims of Obama racism insult our intelligence

'Y ou are such a racist nigger." — reader e-mail. To answer your questions: yes, the e-mail is quoted in its entirety. Yes, it's authentic; I received it a year or so ago. And, no, it is not unique in its sentiment, its coarseness or its deafness to irony.

August 06, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Every black knows fear; professor, pundit, president

I'll tell you why Barack Obama said what he did. When he was asked last week about the racially charged arrest of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, the president could have — and as a political matter, should have — given a diplomatic non-answer.

July 30, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Cronkite's loyalty was to the truth

Here's the way it was: If Uncle Walter said it, that meant it was true. You could take it to the bank and pay bills with it. Uncle Walter's word was gold.

July 23, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

'I made a mistake' excuse gets flimsier by the minute

I have a proposal. Next time some politician goes before the cameras with his figurative pants down around his metaphoric ankles and says, "I made a mistake," let's form a mob and drag him from the podium. You bring the lanterns, I'll bring the pitchforks.

July 06, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Michael Jackson gone too soon

Sometimes, death is a blindside hit. When it comes at the end of a long life as it did last week for 86-year-old Ed McMahon, you are saddened by it but not particularly surprised. When it comes after a debilitating illness, as it did last week for 62-year-old Farrah Fawcett, you have time to…

July 02, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Social media lift the veil of despotic darkness

Maybe you were there when Neda died. If you were, you saw a tragedy, of course, a 26-year-old Iranian protester gunned down in the streets. But I am convinced you also saw the future — a profound change in the way you and I will henceforth comprehend the world.

June 25, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

The Holocaust Museum shooting: Still hating after all these years

"Them Jews aren't going to let President Obama talk to me."

June 18, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Bad joke distasteful, but not bigotry

A reader wants to know why I didn't mention what David Letterman said.

June 18, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Turns out reality phenom is more normal than many

We'll discuss Susan Boyle's mental state in a moment, but first let me show my ignorance.

June 11, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Put my face on your fears, look no further

I am your scapegoat. I am your boogeyman. Brown-skinned, kinky-haired, black man, me.

June 04, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Drop impossible dream of total security

"No one can terrorize a whole nation unless we are all his accomplices."

May 28, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Are Nancy Pelosi's pants on fire?

Somebody call me when Nancy Pelosi gets her story straight. So far, the House speaker's explanation of what and when she knew about the Bush administration's policy of torturing suspected terrorists is crookeder than Dick Cheney's smile.

May 18, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Pawing over celebrities' ills debases all involved

It's a hell of a thing when you can't even die in peace. For what it's worth, I hesitate to say that. One should be slow to foreclose hope, always leave room for miracles. Still . . .

May 14, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Christians fail their own test on morality of torture

Between 1933 and 1945, as a series of restrictive laws, brutal pogroms and mass deportations culminated in the slaughter of 6 million Jews, the Christian church, with isolated exceptions, watched in silence.

May 07, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

As 'things' disappear, bear witness in wonder

Our subject today: the end of the physical world. Which is, yes, a tad hyperbolic, but it contains a nugget of truth. Bear with me.

April 29, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Celebrity vs. notoriety: There is a difference

"Celebrity; The state or condition of being celebrated; fame; reknown"

April 27, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

A house divided against itself must not be contemplated

Have you ever had one of those moments when you gazed across and did not recognize your fellow Americans?

April 23, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Cause of Columbine killings still elusive 10 years later

Even to speak of it in a serious way is to feel a bit like a rube, a yokel from some backwoods backwater where nobody ever heard of clinical depression, sociopathy or any of the other terminology we use to explain the cruelties human beings sometimes perpetrate. To ascribe such behaviors to …

April 20, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Palin baby dad needs to hush up, get a life

In a better world, you and I would never have heard of Levi Johnston. That would be good for you and me — the campaign of 2008 produced few storylines more dreary than his fathering a child by Sarah Palin's daughter, Bristol. But frankly, I think it would also be good for Johnston.

April 13, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Beloved first lady hasn't changed

Maybe you remember when Michelle Obama was scary. Surely you do; it was just a few months ago. A fire-snorting amalgam of Angela Davis and Sister Souljah she was a militant, terrorist fist-bumping sister girl whose hatred of America was exceeded only by her hatred of "whitey."

April 08, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Bush war on terror sold our principles

Our story so far: In the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, hundreds of men identified as members of al-Qaida were captured and imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. There, they were subjected to sexual humiliation, sleep deprivation, dehydration, extreme temperatures, waterboardin…

April 06, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Read the story or sit back and watch the story die

Dr. John Hope Franklin died of congestive heart failure on Wednesday at the age of 94.

March 30, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Today's weighty issue: Ingraham-McCain catfight

Perhaps someone will be good enough to tell me how fat you are allowed to be before your opinions no longer matter. Surely conservative radio host Laura Ingraham had a specific weight in mind when she attacked Sen. John McCain's daughter, Meghan McCain, essentially dismissing her for being, …

March 23, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Newspapers provide unique public service

On the day the last newspaper is published, I expect no sympathy card from Kwame Kilpatrick. Were it not for a newspaper — The Detroit Free Press — his use of public funds to cover up his affair with one of his aides would be unrevealed and he might still be mayor of Detroit.

March 19, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Note to Rihanna: Love yourself, don't go back

Dear Robyn Rihanna Fenty: I was maybe 7 years old when this happened.

March 11, 2009 12:00 amLoading…
Include me out: Don't expect a tweet out of me

Include me out: Don't expect a tweet out of me

Today, I make you a solemn promise: I will never Twitter you. Or is it tweet? I'm never sure.

March 04, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Let us see the high cost of war

Maybe now we'll see what we have not been allowed. Meaning coffins draped in our national colors, filled with the remains of our honored dead.

February 19, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

There's nothing moral about hating gays

Your wife is dying. One moment everything was fine. You were in your stateroom on the cruise ship — it was to be an anniversary cruise — unpacking your things. The kids were in the adjoining stateroom playing with your wife. Suddenly, they banged on the door crying that mom was hurt.

February 16, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Obama needs to be who he said he is

"I screwed up."

February 09, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Zealots treat politics like stickball or tag

This one is for Doug. He was one of maybe 2,000 readers who fired off e-mails in response to a recent column criticizing that paragon of political analysis, Rush Hudson Limbaugh III.

February 02, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

A story of simple inspiration for girls

A story for women and girls. Shamsia was walking with her sister when a man on a motorcycle pulled abreast of them. "Are you going to school?" he asked.

January 29, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Limbaugh remark proves he's no patriot

"I hope he fails."

January 26, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

A clockwork miracle of renewal

"And if that don't do, then I'll try something new."

January 21, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Don't count on history to redeem George W. Bush

"History. We don't know. We'll all be dead." — George W. Bush

January 15, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

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