Pitts: If you're not free to do something stupid, you're not free

By Leonard Pitts March 18, 2013 6:01 a.m.

Perhaps you remember when Dr. Doom conquered the world.

Pitts: Introverts pulled into telecommuting controversy

By Leonard Pitts March 11, 2013 6:01 a.m.

It's not just a women's issue.

Pitts: Alleged assault of black baby sign of things to come

By Leonard Pitts March 4, 2013 6:01 a.m.

'The first kick I took was when I hit the ground."

Pitts: End doesn't justify means with drone hits on citizens

By Leonard Pitts February 25, 2013 6:01 a.m.

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.

Pitts: Chris Christie makes nation ponder some heavy truths

By Leonard Pitts February 18, 2013 6:01 a.m.

So it turns out Chris Christie is fat.

Pitts: Gun advocates prefer farfetched fantasy to hard reality

By Leonard Pitts February 11, 2013 6:01 a.m.

You remember that serious conversation we were going to have about guns? Here's how serious it has turned out to be.

Pitts: Conservatives must stop twisting civil rights history

By Leonard Pitts February 4, 2013 6:01 a.m.

Rush Limbaugh thinks John Lewis should have been armed.

Pitts: Can Republicans accept that a new era has dawned?

By Leonard Pitts January 28, 2013 6:01 a.m.

How fitting that Richard Blanco chose the sun.

Pitts: An armed society only offers freedom to live in fear

By Leonard Pitts January 14, 2013 6:01 a.m.

'Everybody got a pistol. This must really please the NRA"

Pitts: Unless we get grip on guns, Newtown deaths in vain

By Leonard Pitts December 24, 2012 6:01 a.m.

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.

Pitts: Political expediency trumps Norquist's anti-tax pledge

By Leonard Pitts December 10, 2012 6 a.m.

A few words to ponder as we sail toward the fiscal cliff. Those words would be: "That was then, this is now."

Pitts: What really matters? Holiday actions can confound us

By Leonard Pitts December 3, 2012 6 a.m.

Bing Crosby would be appalled.

Pitts: When it comes to education, don't lower bar, lift kids

By Leonard Pitts November 26, 2012 6 a.m.

I take this one personally. Let me tell you why.

Pitts: Republican Party has become its own worst enemy

By Leonard Pitts November 19, 2012 6 a.m.

'How ya like me now?"

Pitts: Obama victory a major blow to 'severe' conservatism

By Leonard Pitts November 12, 2012 6 a.m.

Thank goodness that's over.

Pitts: McGovern, Armstrong redefine winners and losers

By Leonard Pitts November 5, 2012 6 a.m.

One guy was among the greatest losers in the history of politics, the other, one of the biggest winners in all of sports.

Pitts: Romney's 'binders full of women' stuck in time warp

By Leonard Pitts October 29, 2012 6 a.m.

About those "binders full of women .?.?."

Pitts: Taliban shooting of teen girl bolsters her fight for justice

By Leonard Pitts October 22, 2012 6 a.m.

'Truth crushed to earth will rise again."

Pitts: Conservatives' War on Reality puts country at risk

By Leonard Pitts October 15, 2012 6 a.m.

'Reality," Stephen Colbert once famously said, "has a well-known liberal bias."

Pitts: Romney, others portray poverty as a character defect

By Leonard Pitts October 1, 2012 6 a.m.

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.

PItts: We must defend First Amendment, even when it costs us dearly

By Leonard Pitts September 24, 2012 6 a.m.

They are, perhaps, the most dangerous words ever written:

Pitts: Whose opinion of gay marriage will carry the day?

By Leonard Pitts September 17, 2012 6 a.m.

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.

Pitts: Please politicians, give the racial pandering a break

By Leonard Pitts September 10, 2012 6 a.m.

Lord help us, they're talking race again.

Pitts: Akin personifies the extremism gripping Republicans

By Leonard Pitts August 27, 2012 6 a.m.

Rep. Todd Akin's fame — more accurately, his infamy — now reaches all the way to the Congo.

Pitts: Face it, America is under attack by right-wing terrorists

By Leonard Pitts August 20, 2012 6 a.m.

Can we finally say the thing we have not said so far?

Pitts: Conservatism has become intellectual shadow of itself

By Leonard Pitts August 13, 2012 6 a.m.

Some recent headlines from the alternate universe of modern conservatism:

Pitts: Man on a mission to champion real political discourse

By Leonard Pitts August 6, 2012 6 a.m.

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."

Pitts: Colorado shooting shows heroes live among, not above us

By Leonard Pitts July 30, 2012 6 a.m.

‘Am I my brother’s keeper?” — Genesis 4:9

Pitts: Voter suppression by Republicans is a serious matter

By Leonard Pitts July 23, 2012 6 a.m.

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.

Pitts: An ode to decency, simplicity and Sheriff Taylor

By Leonard Pitts July 16, 2012 6 a.m.

MAYBERRY, N.C. — Former sheriff Andy Taylor died here on July 3. Mayberry is in mourning.

Pitts: Time to declare America's greatness and have it be true

By Leonard Pitts July 9, 2012 6 a.m.

Can you say why America is the greatest country in the world?

Pitt: As facts fall by wayside, U.S. becomes nation of 2 realities

By Leonard Pitts July 2, 2012 6 a.m.

'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."

Pitts: King's 'Can we all get along?' still begs for an answer

By Leonard Pitts June 25, 2012 6 a.m.

There was always something hapless about Rodney King.

Pitts: Bloomberg on wrong battlefield in war against obesity

By Leonard Pitts June 18, 2012 6 a.m.

There are things the law cannot do.

Pitts: Begin search for divinity at home, in acts of charity

By Leonard Pitts June 11, 2012 6 a.m.

Chyanna Richards saw Jesus in her bathroom.

Pitts: 'Internet courage' is really online cowardice, bullying

By Leonard Pitts June 4, 2012 6 a.m.

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.

Pitts: No need to stand in tribute to inventor of TV remote

By Leonard Pitts May 28, 2012 6 a.m.

We are gathered here today to memorialize a man who revolutionized our lives.

Pitts: Mandatory minimum sentencing laws insult to justice

By Leonard Pitts May 21, 2012 6 a.m.

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."

Pitts: Few options await prisoners who pay ‘debt to society’

By Leonard Pitts May 14, 2012 6 a.m.

I promised Russell I would ask you something.

Pitts: 20 years after L.A. riots, there’s still ‘no justice, no peace’

By Leonard Pitts May 7, 2012 6 a.m.

Twenty years ago today, my hometown burned.

Pitts: Myth all women aspire to be Snow White won’t die

By Leonard Pitts April 30, 2012 6 a.m.

‘Someday, my prince will come.”

Pitts: Obama has weak argument, no answers on drug war

By Leonard Pitts April 23, 2012 6 a.m.

If President Obama had a son, he would look like Trayvon Martin. So the president famously said.

Pitts: Modest statement on Muslims truly groundbreaking

By Leonard Pitts April 16, 2012 6 a.m.

Barack Obama himself has never had the guts to say it.

Pitts: N.Y. schools try to shield kids from dinosaurs, dancing

By Leonard Pitts April 2, 2012 6 a.m.

No, seriously, you have been warned. This is your last chance. Turn back now.

Pitts: Springsteen delivers compelling State of Union tidings

By Leonard Pitts March 26, 2012 6 a.m.

It begins with big drums, a guitar seesawing beneath like a deck rolling in high seas. It ends with a fuzz of static and feedback, a hiss of promises broken and a mortgage on the future.

Pitts: Outrage shamefully lacking over killing of U.S. citizen

By Leonard Pitts March 19, 2012 6 a.m.

Spin it any way you want. Justify it, rationalize it, chalk it up to the exigencies of war. And at the end, the fact remains:

Pitts: Conservatism’s woes run much deeper than Rush

By Leonard Pitts March 12, 2012 6 a.m.

If you think Rush Limbaugh is fatally wounded, think again.

Pitts: Social conservatives serve up fear with Thin Mints

By Leonard Pitts March 5, 2012 6 a.m.

Bob Morris is scared of Girl Scouts.

Pitts: Obama’s embrace of super PAC necessary hypocrisy

By Leonard Pitts February 20, 2012 6 a.m.

‘One of the worries we have obviously in the next campaign is that there are so many of these so-called super PACs, these independent expenditures that are gonna be out there, there is gonna be just a lot of money floating around and I guarantee a bunch of it’s gonna be negative.”