Ed Raymond

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Ed Raymond is a former Marine officer and school board superintendent, and resides in Detroit Lakes.

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Wed. Jul. 6th, 2016

Dog Bowls Made Of Silver And Instant Diamonds

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The loss of well-paying manufacturing jobs in the United States has created a situation where 80% of the metropolitan areas experienced drastic income declines in the middle class. The middle class has shrunk in 203 of 229 cities in the last 15 years

Wed. Jun. 22nd, 2016

A $3,456,789 Lunch For The Homeless

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“Wealthy working people have earned their right to live in the city. I shouldn’t have to see the pain, struggle, and despair of homeless people to and from my way to work.”

Thu. Jun. 9th, 2016

Building Walls Of Ignorance

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The NRA’s latest push? They want felons to be eligible to purchase firearms as soon as they are released from prison. But they don’t think felons who have served their time should ever be allowed to vote again.

Wed. Jun. 1st, 2016

Are Robots Becoming The Scabs Of The Labor Market?

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Stephen Hawking and other eminent scientists have been worried that AI will overpower human intelligence in the future. Even Albert Einstein, before the development of modern computers

Wed. May. 18th, 2016

A Pandemic of Toxoplasma Gondi Parasite

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The American columnist H.L. Mencken had a way with words when it came to voters and politics. His theory of democracy is illuminating: “Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.”

Thu. May. 5th, 2016

Of Cruise Ships and Homemade Rowboats

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Because of the invasive investments of Silicon Valley billionaires it now has the most expensive real estate in the country. On the sidewalks, driveways, and lawns of this very expensive property are tent encampments and many rag-covered homeless

Thu. Apr. 28th, 2016

Euthanasia and Will Shakespeare

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I have a feeling that Pope Francis and Shakespeare would have similar views about the power of love and sex. Shakespeare’s plays are loaded with eroticism, desire, ecstasy, and ballads made to eyebrows.

Thu. Apr. 21st, 2016

America – A For-Profit Democracy

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The U.S. Treasury estimates that it would collect about $124 billion ($36 billion from individuals, $88 billion from multinational corporations) each year in additional taxes if we eliminated tax havens and other financial schemes to hide money

Thu. Apr. 14th, 2016

The Difference Between Tolerance of Ambiguity And Moral Purity

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There is some evidence in the study that liberals have qualities which make them more creative than conservatives: “Liberalism, novelty-seeking, and creativity all share the tendency (or the ability) to think in ways that differ from established

Thu. Apr. 7th, 2016

How To Keep People From Voting? Let Me Count The Ways!

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In 2013 in a 5-4 vote the five justices on the Supreme Court appointed by Republican presidents suddenly decided that we no longer had any racial discrimination or voting problems in this country

Thu. Mar. 31st, 2016

Does Money Unite Citizens? Some Say No

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As an example, the Internal Revenue Service has approved Karl Rove’s creation, Crossroads GPS, as a nonprofit social welfare group, the same tax-standing as the American Red Cross, the Humane Society, and the Little Sisters of the Poor.

Thu. Mar. 24th, 2016

America: A Land of Warts

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There are many unappealing jobs in society, whether it is picking up garbage or keeping the sewers flowing, but if people are paid well enough they will see that society values their jobs. There is no doubt that, if work is meaningful and worthwhile

Thu. Mar. 17th, 2016

Do You Live In An Iceberg?

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In order to have safe bridges by 2028 we must spend $20.5 billion a year, but we are scheduled to spend only $12.5 billion. I haven’t heard any of the Waltons pledge to pay their fair share of taxes. Maybe it’s difficult when all of your U.S. profits

Thu. Mar. 3rd, 2016

A Case of Confirmationus Interruptus

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“He was a three-dimensional justice with an often two-dimensional worldview. History will remember him as someone who was gloriously, powerfully on the wrong side of so many important questions. But history will surely remember him.”

Thu. Feb. 25th, 2016

Shouldn’t Everyone Carry Blood Red Poppies?

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“Blood red poppies sway over silent fields where birds no longer sing/ Once big guns roared and young men suffered terror in the mud/ Chaplains searched the carnage for God finding him gassed and bloody crucified upon the wire/ One poppy lost among

Thu. Feb. 18th, 2016

Gladiators In The Colosseums

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Dr. Joseph Annibal, a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst whose specialty is brain function, has been a life-long fan of football, but now believes football, particularly at the professional level, is unethical.

Thu. Feb. 11th, 2016

Of Elephants and Men

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Some bankrupt elephant owners have sold their workers to Asian businesses, elephant shows around the world, and resorts touting elephant rides and “treks.” Many of the new owners do not have the experience or training to handle elephants.

Thu. Jan. 28th, 2016

Living In The Promised Land

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The line about Americans clinging to “backwardness out of sheer stubbornness” was particularly noticeable in the Republican debate after Obama’s “State of the Union” address.

Fri. Jan. 22nd, 2016

Medical Miracles, Maladies, and Morality

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Three drugs have been developed to treat age-related macular degeneration, a disease which causes blood vessels under the macula to leak or bleed, which destroys sight. These three drugs have been proven to treat this disease equally, but the prices

Thu. Jan. 14th, 2016

Are We Ever Satisfied With “Enough” or “More?

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Somehow we have been captured by a culture of greed and consumption, so we demand larger servings and all-we-can-eat buffets, bigger boxes of popcorn at movies, bigger cups of coffee laced with chocolate, and 30-ounce sugary drinks with half pounders

Wed. Jan. 6th, 2016

A Perfect Political Fit

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The Donald: On The March For God, Country, And The American Sheeple

Thu. Dec. 24th, 2015

Some Of These Economic Sinners Have Many Coats

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The Social Security Administration just announced that over half of Americans make less than $30,000 a year. The Alliance for a Just Society has estimated that it would take both parents in a family of four, each making a living wage of $16.87

Wed. Dec. 16th, 2015

Evidence Says “Thoughts and Prayers” Won’t Cut It

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Since Congress is as useless ( as my farmer dad used to say about politicians) as “teats on a boar,” and the Catholics, Protestants, Jews, Buddhists, and other mainliners indicate their prayers only remind us of Congress my last desperate attempt

Thu. Dec. 10th, 2015

Who Is In The Middle East Lineup Card?

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But one could expect that somewhere in the bowels of the Pentagon some lowly Army colonel would have read a book about Arab tribes and cautioned his bosses about invading Iraq.

Wed. Dec. 2nd, 2015

Of Toilets, Planned Parenthood, And Life-Saving Cell Research

Ed Raymond

About 95% of women who have had abortions say they made the right decision. By the way, the death rate from Viagra is about ten times the death rate suffered by women having abortions. Shouldn’t we also ban Viagra?

Tue. Nov. 24th, 2015

What Happens When A Woman “Sculpts Her Universe?”

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About 95% of women who have had abortions say they made the right decision. By the way, the death rate from Viagra is about ten times the death rate suffered by women having abortions. Shouldn’t we also ban Viagra?

Wed. Nov. 18th, 2015

This Is The Way Our Empire Ends—Not With A Bang But A Whimper

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Politicians such as Ted Cruz state the same-sex marriage decision “is some of the darkest 24 hours in our nation’s history.” Tell that to the 700,000 lesbian, gay, and bisexual millennial parents who are happily raising adopted children.

Wed. Nov. 11th, 2015

The Personal Question At 6 P.M.: “Are You Healthy Enough For Sex?”

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Politicians such as Ted Cruz state the same-sex marriage decision “is some of the darkest 24 hours in our nation’s history.” Tell that to the 700,000 lesbian, gay, and bisexual millennial parents who are happily raising adopted children.

Wed. Nov. 4th, 2015

Can The Vatican Hold Up The Entire Sky?

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“It is conservative men making damn sure women get punished for failing to keep our legs together… for daring to pursue intimacy and sexual pleasure on our own terms and without their permission…we don’t want to be pregnant and (they are) denying us

Thu. Oct. 29th, 2015

A Sex And Marriage Manual

Ed Raymond

Both the Bible and the Quran are loaded with heavy breathing sex, whether it is about the 1,000 wives and concubines of Solomon or the ISIS (Islamic State) interpretation of sharia law when it comes to rape and sexual intercourse with captives

Thu. Oct. 22nd, 2015

Lower Animals Kill To Live, Uppermost Animals Kill To Dominate

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And the savagery used by all sides is a reminder of all of the horrible things Uppermost Animals have used against each other for all time. The Middle East is now a Muslim holocaust. The question of who has the bigger God has not been answered yet.

Wed. Oct. 14th, 2015

Best of Times, Worst of Times

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Many young people are waving goodbye at the passing American Dream because they can’t afford higher ed and crushing oppressive debt. Some politicians admit that many working graduates cannot afford to buy homes and cars and must live with parents

Wed. Oct. 7th, 2015

Animal Friends and Enemies

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So out of our thousands of species, what is the mass killer of the humans that are killed each year by species on earth? Sorry to say, other humans kill 1.6 million of their own species in an average year, so we are the most dangerous to our friends

Wed. Sep. 30th, 2015

A Man For All Seasons

Ed Raymond

Many people felt that the election of a mulatto president in 2008 signaled that the problems of white on black racism was over. After living during Jim Crow days and before civil rights legislation for three years in the South, I knew it wasn’t

Wed. Sep. 23rd, 2015

What We Have Accomplished In Six Million Years

Ed Raymond

Why does the VA have 41,500 medical personnel vacancies including 11,985 nursing positions? Ask one of the 535 members of The Best Congress Money Can Buy. His answer should be interesting.

Wed. Sep. 16th, 2015

Geez, Why Is The 99 Percent So Upset?

Ed Raymond

Why does the VA have 41,500 medical personnel vacancies including 11,985 nursing positions? Ask one of the 535 members of The Best Congress Money Can Buy. His answer should be interesting.

Wed. Sep. 9th, 2015

A Man Who Had Plenty Under His Hat

Ed Raymond

“Envision your brain, its billions of impulsive neurons, tendrils entwined, connected up in electrical circuits, elaborate glial scaffolds shoring up these circuits, like electrical tape.

Thu. Sep. 3rd, 2015

Corporate Cultism

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Corporate Cults And The Industrial Revolution: It Ain’t Over Until It’s Really Over

Thu. Aug. 20th, 2015

Buffalo Bill and Death

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We still don’t know specifically why we age. Over 200 years ago humans were lucky to see 30. The philosopher Montaigne wrote this in the 16th Century: “To die of age is a rare

Thu. Aug. 13th, 2015

Bruce and Caitlyn and Friends

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Esther Jenner, 89: “He’s A Very Good-Looking Woman. I Loved Him With All My Heart—And I Certainly Love Her With All My Heart.”

Wed. Aug. 5th, 2015

Blue and Red States

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What’s Worse Than Being A Young Black Transgender Without Green In Red Religious Georgia?

Wed. Jul. 29th, 2015

Blue Crayon

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From Black Space To Bright Blue Earth: A Fragile Thin Lin

Thu. Jul. 23rd, 2015

Moral Capitalism

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The World Slave Trade Was All About Money—And That Is What The Tobacco Industry Backed By The Chamber Is All About – Free Enterprise Green

Wed. Jul. 15th, 2015

Capitalist Fracketeering

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The Shady Role Of The U.S. Chamber Of Commerce In The Business Of Fracketeering