Tilting at Windmills

July/August 2012 Allen Ginsberg and me… The littlest one-percenters… The bias toward seeing pro-Obama bias…

By Charles Peters

The bias towards, seeing pro-Obama bias Arthur S. Brisbane, the ombudsman for the New York Times, wrote a column this spring urging his paper’s reporters to take “a hard look at the president <more>

The littlest one-percenters A recent Thursday Styles section in the New York Times gave prominent display— including a photograph that took up at least a third of the front page—to two children wearing the latest preschool fashion. <more>

Diluted and delayed You have probably read about Wall Street’s attempts to water down the Volcker Rule. <more>

Allen Ginsberg and me I see that this fall will bring two new movies about Allen Ginsberg and the beats, which reminds me <more>

Department of mixed connections Have you noticed how many of the commercials on cable television are by manufacturers of pharmaceuticals and medical devices? <more>

How’s this for moral hazard Speaking of overpaid corporate executives, did you know that Vikram Pandit received a total compensation of $42,815,263 as CEO of CitiCorp in 2011 <more>

It’s not just the return of giant glasses and leggings Have you noticed how many of the unfortunate trends of recent years really took off in the 1980s? <more>

Not tough, just obnoxious All that I dislike about CNBC was captured recently in an interview of Sheila Bair by CNBC’s Michelle Caruso-Cabrera <more>

A bit too obvious The job of general counsel of the West Virginia Educational Association, the teacher’s union in my home state, recently became vacant <more>

The informant Speaking of West Virginia, the former superintendent of the Upper Big Branch Mine, the scene of the 2010 explosion that cost twenty-nine miners their lives, has testified <more>

Lost in translation One of the consistent problems with our foreign policy <more>

The clowns in black Be sure to read Tim Weiner’s Enemies. It is a history of the FBI’s many failures and occasional successes <more>

CSI: FBI That Mueller’s efforts have not been totally successful, however, is suggested by a recent series on the FBI’s forensic labs, by Spencer Hsu of the Washington Post <more>

The floating cost of a vestigial organ A study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine reveals that in California the cost of an appendectomy can range from $1,500 to $180,000 <more>

Stong hair, weak spine Two suggestions for those who were shocked when Mitt Romney joined hands with Donald Trump at a Las Vegas fund-raiser just hours after Trump had restated his doubts about Obama’s birthplace <more>

Of bullies and blowing smoke If the recent story of Romney’s prep school bullying belonged on the front page of the Washington Post, so does the story of Obama’s collegiate pot smoking <more>

Read once, then bang head repeatedly The Charleston Gazette’s Phil Kabler recently uncovered a maddening catch-22 for 1,800 inmates of the state’s regional jails <more>

Even a broken clock… The Columnist, a new play about Joseph Alsop has attracted a lot of attention and praise <more>

Details, details It is the contention of many people that Obama’s stimulus should have been quicker and bigger <more>

First in class You may have read about the recent death of Lieutenant Commander Wesley A. Brown, who in 1949 became the first black midshipman to graduate from the U.S. Naval Academy <more>

Charles Peters is the founding editor of the Washington Monthly and the author of a new book on Lyndon B. Johnson published by Times Books.

Comments

  • Emily on July 11, 2012 7:26 PM:

    Is there a reason that these columns are always structured so that you have to click on each link to get the full comment, even when the "full" comment is two more lines? Any wisdom you're trying to impart is lost beneath the irritation and inconvenience.

  • Terry Weldon on July 16, 2012 2:56 PM:

    Amen to Emily. go back to the way it used to be, which is not bad for a motto.

  • Roger Keeling on July 22, 2012 6:59 PM:

    Seriously ... this business of individual links for each and every tidbit from the Tilting At Windmills column is insane! Whichever editor dreamed this up needs to eat a bit of crow and FIX IT. Give us back Tilting At Windmills as a continuous column, PLEASE!