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Trump makes Captain Queeg look like Captain Kirk

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Only the ball bearings were missing.

The reference, for those who don't know, is to Humphrey Bogart's performance as the emotionally unstable Captain Queeg in the 1954 film "The Caine Mutiny." In a pivotal scene, Bogart vividly etches the captain's mental disintegration, rambling on the witness stand about strawberries and tow lines and the ...Read more

What does it mean that Dennis Turner is black?

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

'By Leonard Pitts Jr.

"They try to tell us we're too young..." -- Nat King Cole

So what does it mean that Dennis Turner is black?

Turner, as you may know, was the police officer who arrested Kaia Rolle last week. Kaia, it must be said, was raising a ruckus, acting in a disorderly and disruptive manner. Worse, when someone tried to restrain ...Read more

We were told our institutions would save us

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Once upon a time, there was an ideal. It was called the United States of America.

And in 2016, the presidency of the United States was captured by the flamboyantly incompetent star of a TV reality show, a man who doesn't believe in any ideal beyond his own enrichment and aggrandizement. Some shaken observers assured us everything would yet be ...Read more

The truth of climate change has long been painfully clear

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

With apologies to Stevie Wonder, for whom it was once an album title, nothing is "hotter than July." July was the hottest month.

Maybe you're waiting for that sentence to be qualified: "hottest month of the last 20 years," let's say. But it turns out July of 2019 was the hottest month, period -- hottest in the history of record keeping, hottest...Read more

Arguments over electability are an annoying diversion

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Our subject today is a word.

It seems to be the word of the moment, at least on the political left. One can hardly read an opinion page or watch cable news without confronting this tiresome term, this irksome idiom.

For the love of heaven, people, please stop saying "electability."

Note, please, that the last president was a black man with ...Read more


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