Stories by Leonard
Brenda Heist wanted to run away from life. Naturally, she went to Key West, Fla.
Rand Paul did just fine at Howard University, thank you very much. Or at least, that's how he remembers it.
There are many things to say about Brad Paisley's new song.
Dear Barry: Ordinarily, I'd address you as Mr. Obama or Mr. President, in deference to your office. But we need to have us a guy-to-guy chat here, so I hope you'll excuse the familiarity, because I just have to ask:
A few words on the death of Elwin Wilson.
Dear Whomever is in Charge of Customer Service for DirecTV:
Let there be no cheers for Rob Portman.
Perhaps you remember when Dr. Doom conquered the world.
It's not just a women's issue.
'The first kick I took was when I hit the ground."
If it is true, as the writer Samuel Johnson once said, that "patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel," then the dictionary must be the first.
So it turns out Chris Christie is fat.
You remember that serious conversation we were going to have about guns? Here's how serious it has turned out to be.
Rush Limbaugh thinks John Lewis should have been armed.
How fitting that Richard Blanco chose the sun.
Does torture work?
'Everybody got a pistol. This must really please the NRA"
On the day after the recent massacre at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., police in Newport Beach, Calif., took a man into custody for allegedly firing more than 50 rounds from a semi-automatic handgun in the parking lot of a shopping mall. He aimed into the air and no one was hit, though one person was hurt slightly while running away. Police say 42-year-old Marcos Gurrola was destitute and frustrated with his circumstances. Firing dozens of rounds at the sky was his way of venting.
A few words to ponder as we sail toward the fiscal cliff. Those words would be: "That was then, this is now."
Bing Crosby would be appalled.
I take this one personally. Let me tell you why.
'How ya like me now?"
Thank goodness that's over.
One guy was among the greatest losers in the history of politics, the other, one of the biggest winners in all of sports.
About those "binders full of women .?.?."
'Truth crushed to earth will rise again."
'Reality," Stephen Colbert once famously said, "has a well-known liberal bias."
Sharkara Peters is a 35-year-old single mother of two. She works 34 hours a week at a fast-food restaurant. A few months back, she was hospitalized with a blood clot in her lung.
They are, perhaps, the most dangerous words ever written:
We are gathered here today to discuss two recent controversies about same-sex marriage. One comes from the world of pigskin, the other from the world of chicken fat.
Lord help us, they're talking race again.
Rep. Todd Akin's fame — more accurately, his infamy — now reaches all the way to the Congo.
Can we finally say the thing we have not said so far?
Some recent headlines from the alternate universe of modern conservatism:
It was in 2008, the debate between vice presidential candidates Joe Biden and Sarah Palin. Biden had just scored his opponent for failing to directly answer a question from moderator Gwen Ifill. But Palin was hardly apologetic. "I may not answer the questions the way that either the moderator or you want to hear," she snapped, "but I'm going to talk straight to the American people and let them know my track record also."
‘Am I my brother’s keeper?” — Genesis 4:9
This one is for Mike. He is a Houston reader who shot me an email after my recent column equating the GOP push for voter ID laws with voter suppression.
MAYBERRY, N.C. — Former sheriff Andy Taylor died here on July 3. Mayberry is in mourning.
Can you say why America is the greatest country in the world?
'The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama's 'death panel' so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their 'level of productivity in society,' whether they are worthy of health care."
There was always something hapless about Rodney King.
There are things the law cannot do.
Chyanna Richards saw Jesus in her bathroom.
Steve Blake of the Los Angeles Lakers (formerly a Portland Trail Blazer) missed what would have been the winning shot in a critical game. His wife got death threats.
We are gathered here today to memorialize a man who revolutionized our lives.
So the people got sick of it, all those criminals being coddled by all those bleeding heart liberal judges with all their soft-headed concern for rights and rehabilitation. And a wave swept this country in the Reagan years, a wave ridden by pundits and politicians seeking power, a wave that said, no mercy, no more. From now on, judges would be severely limited in the sentences they could hand down for certain crimes, required to impose certain punishments whether or not they thought those punishments fit the circumstances at hand. From now on, there was a new mantra in American justice. From now on, we would be "tough on crime."
I promised Russell I would ask you something.
Twenty years ago today, my hometown burned.
‘Someday, my prince will come.”