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. May. 17th, 2018

We Aren’t Out of The Trees Yet!

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A Southern Baptist minister surprised church members by describing a “well-built” 16-year-old girl as “Biblical.” What proverb? What did he have on his mind? Many states governed by Republican governors and legislatures have been preaching abstinence for decades. It has always failed

Thu. May. 10th, 2018

A Swift Solution for Poverty

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Southern states, generally led by Republican governors and legislatures, have increased poverty by refusing to expand Medicaid benefits to the poor under the Affordable Care Act and passing anti-union “right to work” legislation which ensures that workers have “the right to work for less.”

Thu. May. 3rd, 2018

Are We Tickling The Dragon’s Tail?

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Emperor Donald has assumed the mantle of a “religious” cult leader by persuading evangelical Christian leaders to follow him to the Oval Office and Mar-A-Lago. In repeating 3,000 lies in over 2,500 tweets since his crowning, he has proven, according to numerous scholars, to be historically, theologically, morally, and scientifically illiterate.

Thu. Apr. 26th, 2018

Maybe We Should Quote The Raven More

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But incidents with ravens in Alaska indicate an intelligence that is “overmore.” When it really gets cold in Alaska, ravens during the day will fly to streetlights and cover the light sensors with their wings so the lights come on. The bulbs give off heat so the ravens warm themselves. Some of our politicians would never have figured that out.

Thu. Apr. 19th, 2018

What Is The Christian Thing To Do?

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If one lacks knowledge and the intelligence to gain it, one remains ignorant. This includes political judgment. Dunning and Kruger add this shocker: “They’re not smart enough to realize they’re dumb.” Ouch.’

Thu. Apr. 5th, 2018

The NRA Gun Lobby And Republicans Pick Guns Over Kids

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The American Psychiatric Association has estimated that 6% of Americans on average are mentally or emotionally disturbed during any one year. That means that 19.5 million of us require extensive therapy or hospitalization while we are bonkers.

Thu. Mar. 29th, 2018

The Beginning And End Of Two Similar Societies

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Republican President Theodore Roosevelt wrote: “This country would not be a good place for any of us to live in if it is not a reasonably good place for all of us to live in.”

Thu. Mar. 22nd, 2018

A Broken and Bewildered Country

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“The public no longer believes that America’s major institutions are working for the many. Increasingly, they have become vessels for the few.”

Thu. Mar. 15th, 2018

What Military-Style Rifles Do To Human Bodies

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Since Parkland many Minnesota high schools have had to go on lockdown because of “Jesses” making threats to kill students and shoot up their schools.

Thu. Mar. 8th, 2018

When Will The NRA Gun Cult And The Gun Lobby Culture Inherit The Wind?

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They believe the AR-15 symbolizes the “rod of iron” in the Book of Revelation. My God! What Would Jesus Do?! On the day of the blessing an elementary school a block from the church decided to close for the day. Some church worshippers wore crowns made of bullets! Is LaPierre the new Christ?

Thu. Mar. 1st, 2018

A Bloody Stage For Gun Culture-Cancer

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We have 4.4% of the world’s population and 42% of the guns. The facts are we are ten times more likely to be killed by guns than people in other developed countries.

Thu. Feb. 22nd, 2018

Brave New World, Part Two

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Perhaps we should take lessons of government from Finland and the Scandinavian countries. After just a century of independence from Russia, Finland has been recognized as the most stable, the safest, and the best-governed country in the world.

Thu. Feb. 1st, 2018

Christians Who Raise Cain

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Trump supporters want to go back before Roe v. Wade when abortion was illegal and women used lye, coat hangers, and other sharp instruments to abort. Wasn’t that a great period?

Thu. Jan. 25th, 2018

Will Rogers was right

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“There are three kinds of men: The one that learns by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves.” It’s a tough way to learn.

Thu. Dec. 28th, 2017

Old RVs Parked Among Bel-Air Mansions

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Some areas might go without power for a year because of the inept and often incompetent FEMA of theTrump administration. The only thing our Great Leader has done well is to throw paper towels to desperate people.

Thu. Dec. 21st, 2017

Bump Stocks and Muskets

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We are absolutely nuts to have sold almost 14 million of any type of weapon like the AR-15 in the civilian firearm market. If we are going to stop the present obscene carnage, they should all be melted down and turned into lawn furniture and auto parts.

Thu. Dec. 14th, 2017

Dreamers Are Having Nightmares

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This year the volunteers counted 553,742 homeless in the country on one night. Estimates range to 250,000 more homeless sleeping and pooping in hidden spots.

Thu. Dec. 7th, 2017

American Sex, Lies, and Lots of Videotape

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When 81% of white evangelicals helped elect King Donald they were not making a Christian statement, they were making a political power statement.

Thu. Nov. 30th, 2017

All About Disaster Capitalism In A Christian Nation

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Congress should study the fact why a three-bedroom, two bathroom house in Sunnyvale, California which sold for $27,500 in 1963 was recently sold for $2.47 million. It needed some work. This was almost 100 times greater in the span of 54 years. Worker’s wages only went up ten times in the same time period.

Wed. Nov. 22nd, 2017

The Trumplestiltskin Era

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The song “Organized Crime” by Ethan Miller and Kate Boverman outlines the essential problem, using a quote from 19th Century French writer Honore’ de Balzac: “Behind every great fortune, there is a crime.”

Thu. Nov. 2nd, 2017

The Sacklers: America’s Biggest and Richest “Legal” Drug Pushers

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Deborah Dowell, senior medical advisor of the Centers for Disease Control, says: “We overestimated the benefits of opioids and underestimated the risks. We assumed without adequate evidence that they would work as well long term as they did in the short term.”

Thu. Oct. 19th, 2017

Don’t Want To Be Shot? Get Small

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Another trauma surgeon with less experience said: “There’s nothing that can prepare you for what bullets do to human bodies. And that’s true for pro-gun people also.”

Thu. Oct. 5th, 2017

Norwegians Know How To Govern— Just Ask Ole And Lena

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King Donald and his “merrie men” of the Manhattan Forest are now discussing “tax reform.” That only means tax cuts for the rich. Although society needs a lot of money to create equal opportunities for all races in America, the billionaires of Trump’s cabinet are already planning to raid our treasury.

Thu. Sep. 21st, 2017

What Kind Of Characters Would Charge $99 For A Case Of Water?

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Finding an identity was big for him, because in some aspects in life, he would get the racist treatment from white people because he was a black quarterback. And some people gave him the racist treatment because he was raised by a white family.”

Thu. Aug. 31st, 2017

How You Can Earn $12 Million A Year In The United States

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“The wealthiest people in our society don’t appear to be improving any lives but their own, and they don’t seem to have special qualities or skills that explain why they’re being compensated so much more extravagantly then the rest of us.”

Thu. Aug. 17th, 2017

Can We Learn Anything After We Know It All?

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“A lesson in physics can be as simple as standing under a falling rock — or pissing into the wind….or attempting to stuff ten pounds of shit into a five-pound bag.” That’s how we often unwittingly learn about the universe.

Thu. Aug. 10th, 2017

The World Has Decided King Donald Has Made Us Irrelevant

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Why isn’t health care considered a public utility like water, sewer, electric power, roads, bridges, and postal service? The Republicans say we have the best health care in the world. The World Health Organization says we are 35th from the top.. below Cuba.

Thu. Aug. 3rd, 2017

When Have-It-Alls And Well-To-Doers Don’t Want To Share Any Of It

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Only nursing of the ten fastest-growing occupations today pays over $33,000 a year. Practically all of the better-paying middle class jobs have been outsourced to low-wage countries. General Electric’s CEO Jack Welch wanted to put all of GE’s factories on barges that could be towed to low-wage countries.

Thu. Jul. 13th, 2017

Of Mice and Men — and Elephants

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Many Republican men do not want to pay for health insurance covering pregnancies and births. More immaculate conceptions?!

Thu. May. 25th, 2017

To Pee or Not To Pee—That’s a Question?

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Our rich now live an average of 87 years while the poor expire at age 66—and the gap is growing. Every country with universal health care is increasing life expectancy among the rich and the poor.