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​Warm Wealth or Cold Poverty?

September 25th, 2022

By Ed Raymond

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From Mansion or Hovel, We All End Up Dead

We are now living in the Divided States of America, which has been developing for more than 240 years. Economist Frederic Bastiat has come up with the main reason for the division: “When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men in a society, over the course of time they create for themselves a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it.”

English poet Thomas Gray captured the…

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​Terrible Transgenders in Trumpistan

September 18th, 2022

By Ed Raymond

fargogadfly@gmail.com

Double Jeopardy: Being a Member of the LBGTQ+ Community and College Debt

In the 16th Century, King Henry VIII told the Roman Catholic Church in England to go back to Rome after Pope Clement VII refused to give him an annulment or divorce from his first marriage to Catherine of Aragon, because she did not give him a male heir to the throne—plus other reasons. Besides, he wanted to marry the beautiful Anne Boleyn, the sister of one of his mistresses.…

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​History Is Going Critical

September 17th, 2022

By Ed Raymond

fargogadfly@gmail.com

Our Society is Facing Several Nuclear Options in These Critical Times

I always had my senior English students at Fargo Central High School read and discuss “The Strange Death of Louis Slotin,” because for the rest of our human history we were going to live or die with atoms.

It had little to do with literature, but a great deal to do with life. Canadian physicist Louis Slotin at the Los Alamos nuclear facility in New Mexico, in 1946, was showing his…

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​Chaos: A Born-Again God

September 14th, 2022

By Ed Raymond

fargogadfly@gmail.com

I Pledge to Maintain a Good Constitution as I Pray to Liberal Gods and Goddesses

During the Pledge of Allegiance mess in Fargo a couple of weeks ago I suggested as a former member of the Fargo School Board that, as Homo Sapiens have been around for 300,000 years, we have pledged allegiance to thousands of gods. Why not name a different god for each daily pledge? In five minutes of googling I discovered thousands of gods created by Homo sapiens over that…

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​Pansexuality and Polyamory

August 27th, 2022

By Ed Raymond

fargogadfly@gnail.com

Isn’t It Time Everybody Learns About Sex Before “It” Happens to You?

We just had a president who didn’t read anything but body language on stacked trophy women. He watched television while trying to overthrow the government of our country.

Americans no longer read much. They watch TV, smart phones, laptops, tablets, social media, internet sources, podcasts, and other electronic marvels. In 1989, 62.6 million subscribed to daily newspapers when…

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​All the World’s a Stage

August 20th, 2022

By Ed Raymond 

fargogadfly@gmail.com

Hell has Nine Stories—and We Will Have Politicians Getting Off at Every Level

American politicians are going to Hell today and the elevators are exceeding weight limits. When Senator William Proxmire of Wisconsin was elected to his last two terms in 1976 and 1982, he spent less than $200 in campaign funds to win each election. The campaigns for just one of the Wisconsin U.S. Senate…

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​Destroying the Fourth Reich

August 20th, 2022

By Ed Raymond 

fargogadfly@gmail.com

Politics From Bill Fields: “I Never Vote for Anyone. I Always Vote Against.”

Every day, if possible, I have a martini on the rocks in tribute to a man who has enriched my life. At the age of twelve W.C. Fields was learning how to juggle while helping his poor father sell milk and oranges door-to-door from a horse-drawn cart in Philadelphia. At age 18 his ability to…

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​Rejection of Exceptionalism

August 17th, 2022

By Ed Raymond

fargogadfly@gmail.com

What Kind of a United States Do You Want in 2022: Diverse Democracy or MAGA?

The 2022 elections will likely determine whether the American poor and middle class will be as powerful in 2023 as the wealthy fundamentalist Christion White Nationalists and Dominionists that currently use the courts and laws allowing a minority to rule a majority.

The conservative English magazine The Economist has an article called “The New Exceptionalism” with a rather…

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​Whimpering With Dried Voices

August 6th, 2022

By Ed Raymond

fargogadfly@gmail.com

Remembering Two Men Whimpering in the Broken Jaw of Our Lost Kingdom

In 1284, Hamelin, Germany hired a rat killer to rid the residents of the flea carrier bringing them the Black Plague. For some reason, the mayor refuses to pay him after he supposedly accomplishes the task. The rat killer, piping beautiful music, leads 130 of the town’s children out of a town—and the hypnotized children are never heard from again.

Today, a plaque on what is now…

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​Did the Devil Make Them Do It?

July 24th, 2022

By Ed Raymond

fargogadfly@gmail.com

God’s Knitting of the Human Body Is Rapidly Unraveling

If you get a shiny new quarter as change in 2022, see whose image is on it. Astronaut Sally Ride rode the space shuttle Challenger in 1983 and 1984. She was the first American woman to do so. She retired from NASA in 1987, but later served on the Challenger disaster commission after it blew up entering space, killing seven astronauts aboard. Besides advising NASA when it suspended the shuttle…

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