Ed Raymond

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

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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.

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?

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

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

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.

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

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.

“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

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.

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,

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.

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?

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

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,

The Gadfly

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Did The Devil Really Make You Do It?

The Gadfly

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And The Republicans Put The Repeal On ObamaCare For Forty Days

The Gadfly

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And The Republicans Put The Repeal On ObamaCare For Forty Days

We Need To Remember There Is Only One Sun

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These are perilous times around the world. Most of the countries involved in the Arab Spring seem to be going through nation-birthing with umbilical cords wrapped around necks with feet coming first. Countries such as Iraq, Libya, Egypt, Tunisia, Lebano

When Thoughts Can Fly Helicopters And Apes Throw Tantrums While Gambling

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My father lived to be just six months short of 100 and my mother made it to 94, so I have a chance to see corporate researchers living on the moon making pharmaceutical companies very rich by manufacturing drugs that can only be produced in space. I would love to live to see NASA astronauts fly to a big asteroid and tug

Teanderthals At Work With The Best Congress Money Can Buy

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A news junkie, I try to watch as many Congressional hearings as I can. Much better than reality TV and almost equal to meerkats on Animal Planet. It’s great fun to watch the Academy Award-level acting as the camera-huggers and the “u

They Shoot And Eat Horses, Don’t They?

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In that I’m an old farm boy who saw the muscled behinds of horses many times as I guided a team pulling drags, stoneboats, or “bundle wagons”

Is It Something In The Water—Or Is It Politics?

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Recent surveys on two different subjects that ended up with basically the same answer aroused my curiosity. One survey shows that “red” states governed by Republicans had much higher traffic fatality rates than “blue” s

The Curious Case Of Buttoned-Down Politicians

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When the world becomes predictable instead of it being a messy, marvelous, malevolent, and amazing place, I want to cash in my chips. First, the University of Minnesota has a reputation of

The Resurrection Of The War On Women

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This is the first time I have used a prescript column as a framework, one that I have written before to cover the same subject. I wrote some of this column in 2011 when the Republican-dominated North Dakota Legislature continue

The Spittoons Are Gone But The Slime Is Still There

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Almost sixty years ago, long before the Civil Rights and Voting Rights bills were passed, I was a young Marine Corps lieutenant stationed at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, commanding a heavy machinegun

Six Pounds Of Matter That Really Count

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Our brain weighs about three pounds, give or take a few ounces. The bacteria that insinuate themselves in every nook, cranny, and organ in our bodies also weigh about three pounds. Maybe that is just coincidental, but sometimes it may take three pounds of brains to control three pounds of bac