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Are Americans ‘Good?’

by Ed Raymond | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | July 11th, 2018

Can It Happen Here?
So it has finally come to this. From the normal of a century to the abnormal of the last 30 months, we are at each other’s throats. We represent either the “looney left” or the “righteous right.” Instead of negotiating with each other for the common good, a lie-a-minute psychopathic Great Leader has us talking about waves of red and blue, building 2,000-mile great walls, rants about Mexican gang rapists and Muslims terrorizing cities, and accusing Crooked…

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Ageless Jim Crows

by Ed Raymond | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | June 27th, 2018

How Long is the Civil War Going to Last?
The American Civil War officially ended slavery in 1865 and supposedly freed the slaves. But what has happened in the 150 years since then has not accomplished either. The new voter suppression laws being passed by white Republican legislatures across the country under the guise these laws will eliminate voter fraud are actually beginning the Fifth Jim Crow period since slavery began in the 1600s. Jim Crow #1 started when slavery became the…

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​Abortion and Gender

by Ed Raymond | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | June 20th, 2018

Ireland Has Sent Pope Francis and The Vatican A Dear John Letter: “It’s Over!”The Irish people and the Vatican have been developing a huge cultural grand canyon for decades over the issues of gender identities, contraceptives, abortion, same sex marriage, and the roles of women in the church. In an absolutely historic referendum vote in May, Irish voters of the once most-Roman Catholic country in Europe, repealed the 8th amendment in their constitution banning abortion by a 66.4…

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​Africa: The Human Birthplace

by Ed Raymond | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | June 13th, 2018

Muhammad AliMemo To My Fellow Africans
Science tells us that anatomically modern human beings started to evolve in Africa from our very close relatives the chimps and apes about 300,000 years ago. We are still not sure of the exact time and place in Africa, but recent fossils discovered in Morocco have human features.

According to scientists in many fields, we humans stayed in central Africa for the next 200,000 years, slowly evolving our features and bodies while beginning to move around the…

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American Racism

by Ed Raymond | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | June 6th, 2018

Jim Crow Is Bald And Has Huge Talons
Since black San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a knee in August of 2016 during our national anthem that emphasizes the phrase “land of the free and home of the brave,” at least 378 black Americans have been killed by police in firearm “incidents.” The list was compiled by the Washington Post, and it adds that other blacks killed by choke holds and other types of attacks are not included in that total. Remember New Yorker …

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Random Death By Bullets

by Ed Raymond | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | May 30th, 2018


Our Culture Is Seriously Ill
I was not shocked by the murders at Santa Fe High School. Whenever there has been a mass murder, I just wonder how many and where the next mass murders will be. A society that trades the Second Amendment for a toddler killed every four days by firearms is practicing blood sacrifice and is seriously ill. We also kill 75 pre-schoolers a year with firearms. Our politicians are worshipping at the altars of Big Gun. We don’t even blink at the fact that we have…

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Armageddon and Rage

by Ed Raymond | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | May 23rd, 2018

Is Our Democracy Dying From A Koch Assisted-Suicide?
The One Percent is going after wealth like Captain Ahab went after The Great White Whale. Rupert Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal recently wrote about “the up-market way to prepare for Doomsday.” We already know of dozens of the American uber-rich buying up thousands of acres of “Doomsday safe” land while purchasing New Zealand “citizenship” for millions of dollars. We know of tech titans and other filthy rich creating…

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​A Biblical woman Is really “built!”

by Ed Raymond | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | May 16th, 2018

We Aren’t Out of The Trees Yet!
Ever since we climbed out of trees and walked on two legs we have been faced with a whole bucket of troubles: sex, greed, political power, race, and religion. In the 21st Century we are still battling over male domination, homosexuality, same-sex-marriage, over 60 recognized genders, celibacy, contraceptives, pro-life and pro-choice, sex abuse, what to do about sex robots, and new items in the bucket such as physician-assisted suicide.

Betty Grande in her…

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​A Choice: Chateaubriand or Road-Kill Possum

by Ed Raymond | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | May 9th, 2018

A Swift Solution for Poverty
In response to a column I had written about economic inequality in the United States, a reader emailed me about her experiences. After growing up on a farm near a small Minnesota town, she began cleaning homes for upper-class doctors, politicians, and bankers in the state. She saw wealth in homes, cars, and furnishings that surprised her. But she was absolutely appalled that the owners knew nothing about how other people in a lower economic level lived. In…

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Of Nuclear Buttons And Slippery Screwdrivers

by Ed Raymond | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | May 2nd, 2018

So we have reached the stage where we have Little Rocket Man and the dotard Emperor Donald posing their fingers just slightly above nuclear buttons. To give you some solace, ‘tis said the Pentagon chiefs have removed the nuclear codes from the briefcase carried by a guy who follows our Great Leader. We can only hope the briefcase is empty. Emperor Donald fired the government’s top nuclear expert in the first week of his administration. When we look at just two of our Great Leaders…

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