The Weekly Screed

Alice returns to Dairyland

TUESDAY, AUGUST 28, 2013 The Weekly Screed (#642) Alice returns to Dairyland by David Benjamin MADISON, Wis. — Earlier this month, I cajoled Alice out of New Jersey and back to Madison, where we celebrated her 50th anniversary as a teacher in the town where her career began. The occasion marked Alice’s reunion with several…
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Something in the air

WEDNESDAY, JULY 31, 2013 The Weekly Screed (#639) Something in the air by David Benjamin MADISON, Wis. — From place to place, the air is always different. Or so it seems. Most of us, if we sense this at all, register these shades of difference not palpably or knowingly, but in the region beneath perception,…
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Democracy’s loss is free enterprise’s gain

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26, 2013 The Weekly Screed (#634) Democracy’s loss is free enterprise’s gain by David Benjamin MADISON, Wis. — No one anticipated the Supreme Court’s evisceration of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 as presciently as my friend, Wilhelm “Jim Crow” Bienfang, America’s greatest “idea man.” Trusting in the Court’s right-wing majority to continue…
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Big Hoover has always been watching

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19, 2013 The Weekly Screed (#633) Big Hoover has always been watching by David Benjamin PARIS — Oh my God! The government is spying on Americans? Wait, wait, no. That’s not quite accurate, or at least not quite newsworthy. Let’s see if we can phrase this more alarmingly. Oh my God! The head…
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“Now it’s time to say goodbye to all our company…”

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10, 2013 The Weekly Screed (#623) “Now it’s time to say goodbye to all our company…” by David Benjamin MADISON, Wis. — With her death this week, the swiftly-reached media consensus about former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher is that she was a “transformational” figure. Perhaps so, but… overshadowed by the obituaries and…
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