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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Thu. Jan. 15th, 2015

Cuba 2015 It Cudda Been Our 51st State!

Ed Raymond

A political philosopher many years back dropped this gem about Washington: “You can lead a man to Congress but you can’t make him think.”

Thu. Dec. 18th, 2014

So This Is A “Culture”?

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What is a culture? Right-wingers like to acclaim the myth that America is an “exceptional” country—the “shining city on a hill” and all those wonderful, marvelous cultural images.

Thu. Nov. 6th, 2014

The WalMart Mentality And The Billionaire Sex Trade

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This country is acting as if dementia is just around the corner–or maybe we haven’t been taking our Prozac lately. We have about 19 million underemployed and unemployed in this country

Thu. Oct. 16th, 2014

When Do The Bricks Start Flying?

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Unemployed and under-employed, idle at a West Baltimore soup kitchen or dead-ended at some strip-mall cash register—these are the excess Americans. The economy staggers along without them, and without anyone in this society truly or sincerely regard

Thu. Oct. 9th, 2014

Of Chastity Belts, Coat Hangers, And Conception

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One might think that after centuries of beheadings at Taliban prayers and wretched souls burning at stakes, humans would have figured out by now that sex and religion don’t mix at all.

Thu. Oct. 2nd, 2014

Is This Country Really Going To The Dogs?

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Dogs can be many things, so I was rather intrigued by new research by the University of Sydney that dogs can be “distinctly” pessimistic or optimistic.

Thu. Sep. 25th, 2014

The Removal Of Heads And Another War

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So far the loss of four heads (as of 9/15/14) may involve us in another war. Two journalists and a British aid worker have been decapitated by a radical Islamic fundamentalist group under the acronym of ISIL.

Thu. Sep. 18th, 2014

Modern, Bold CEO Pirates

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Greed is only good for psychopaths who fear the power of unions working together to further the interests of workers. If they have the power, they can take the limo to the bank unimpeded. To paraphrase Yaeger, there are old CEOs

Thu. Sep. 11th, 2014

XX Or XY Chromosomes And/Or X Chromosome Xq28 May Lead To Some Sex

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Science inexorably continues to test and overrule conventional wisdom, often based on old wive’s tales, the selective musings from the Bible, and the patriarchal foolishness of old men with or without the collars and hats of churches.

Thu. Sep. 4th, 2014

The Great American Walk-About

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We are currently having a battle royal about the implementation of Common Core education standards and interminable testing, promoted by Bill Gates’s money and the political desires of both Republican and Democratic governors to control something

Thu. Aug. 28th, 2014

Of Butterflies And Human Beings

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Republican education “reformers” always state that if we got rid of our bad teachers all of our students could wear the Lake Wobegon logo of “above average.” Thus, we should get rid of tenure laws, seniority policies, salary schedules based on degree

Thu. Aug. 21st, 2014

Of Butterflies And Human Beings

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Students have to learn that studying the past is the first step in controlling their future. Henry Ford said, “History is bunk.” It is not. It is our life’s blood. History, including the art, music, literature, architecture, and politics of the times

Thu. Aug. 14th, 2014

Better Lucky Than Good...Or Dead

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But there are a lot of things we cannot control, like solar flares from our central heat, the sun. NASA didn’t tell us that maybe a couple of billion of Earth’s passengers might have died from the effects of the biggest solar flare, called a coronal

Thu. Aug. 7th, 2014

What’s The Difference Between Anno Domini 2014 and After Ford 632?

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I use Google every day. It is my dictionary, history book, encyclopedia, speller, source of breaking news, thesaurus, chronicle–and Big Brother. And it wants to be my new brave new world Controller and even bigger Big Brother in my future.

Thu. Jul. 31st, 2014

On The Interstate From Democracy To Feudalism

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We are number one in the total of civilian firearms and in per capita ownership of small firearms. We top Yemen, Serbia, and Iraq. Gee, is that why we lead the civilized world in homicides and crime rate?

Thu. Jul. 17th, 2014

Does The Supreme Court Know A Hawk From A Handsaw?

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Religions attempt to establish permanent walls between Biblical “good and evil” while science keeps probing the universe and the living things within it to see if the walls should be breached

Thu. Jul. 3rd, 2014

Who Gave You The Zombie Heart, Dick Cheney?

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Is this what happens when Cheney looks at himself in a mirror? He has many of the characteristics of the classic narcissist: lacks empathy, is arrogant, has inflated sense of self-importance

Thu. Jun. 26th, 2014

American Dreams Are Turning Into Nightmares

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Evidently the ultra-rich in this country have not figured out that to maintain their wealth they must contribute to the education of all members of the society and to the maintenance of the common good.

Thu. May. 22nd, 2014

The Supreme Court, Religion, And Intended Consequences

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It’s an amazing list of religions imported with their practitioners from every country in the world. We have only 35 major Christian religious denominations while 127 “New Age” and 124 “Other” religions are recognized by the Internal Revenue Service

Thu. May. 15th, 2014

Laboring In The Colosseums

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College and university presidents have turned themselves into fund raisers and sycophants, thus letting academics slip into poverty and obscurity.

Thu. May. 8th, 2014

“Like Shooting A Parked Car...”

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When I was a farm boy feeding corn bundles into the silage cutter, I just never considered that I was committing corn mass murder. As a teenaged farm kid, I always felt I had pretty good relationships with all the animals

Thu. Apr. 17th, 2014

The American Gulag Archipelago

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We are talking big business. The states and the federal government employ 500,000 correctional officers who make up one out of every nine government employees. New York City spends a shocking $167,000 a year on each inmate in its jails.

Thu. Apr. 3rd, 2014

An Education Disaster: When Freaks Become Mainstream

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Here’s a fascinating point. If Bill Gates would cash in all his assets of his world-leading $76 billion and agree to provide every qualified American student a college education for a year, he would still have $8 billion left for food, clothing,

Thu. Mar. 20th, 2014

Generals And Wars That Drive People Crazy

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I served in the Marines during draft days. One thing about draftees over volunteers: they voice their limits quick. If a draftee refuses to go up a foreign hill because it serves no possible military or political purpose in his mind, he ain’t going.

Thu. Mar. 13th, 2014

To Pee, Or Not To Pee–Should That Even Be A Question?

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“I knew I couldn’t hold it any longer. I would have wet my pants and I would never live it down.” I have a question: what has this country come to when a worker is denied access to a restroom?

Thu. Mar. 6th, 2014

U.S. Army Sergeant: “Are They Going To Kill Me Today?”

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The best example of generals fighting the last war occurred at the battle of the Somme in WW I after the invention of the water-cooled machinegun. Field Marshall Sir Douglas Haig, commander of British forces in Europe, at 7:30 a.m. on July 1, 1916

Thu. Jan. 23rd, 2014

Cement Ceilings And “Stoopid Wimmin” Laws

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Because women are more sensible than men, they live longer. Therefore, 54 percent of the eligible voters in this country are women. Men have made such a mess of things in U.S. history,

Thu. Dec. 5th, 2013

The Gadfly

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Did The Devil Really Make You Do It?

Fri. Aug. 16th, 2013

The Gadfly

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And The Republicans Put The Repeal On ObamaCare For Forty Days