Gadfly

​A—sexual To Z—ygote

by Ed Raymond | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | March 6th, 2019

Let’s Study The Difference Between Monosexual And Plurisexual
If we are interested at all in the science of genetics we are running into the terms “gender identity” and “gender fluidity” more and more. The difference between criminal and civil law becomes important. If a judge or jury finds a defendant guilty, that generally means there is “no doubt.” But in civil litigation there may be some doubt, but the person can be determined guilty by “a preponderance of…

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​Any Day We Shoot Over 380

by Ed Raymond | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | February 27th, 2019

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How Many People Have To Die For The Second Amendment?
There are no licensed federal gun dealers in our capital of Washington D.C., but 29-year-old resident Bobby Perkins Jr. recently went to prison for selling guns and drugs on the streets of D.C. A district court found him guilty of selling 224 guns bought in surrounding states on the street in just five months in 2015, with 94 of them being traced to homicides and crime scenes from Virginia to New York. But Bobby had spent much of his…

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Chang and Eng

by Ed Raymond | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | February 20th, 2019

Chang and Eng

The Monsters Of The Midway
Back in college eons ago I and a fellow footballer spent half a summer employed by a concessions company that worked county and state fairs in the region. We sold foot-long hotdogs and ice cream bars on the carnival midway at night. It was a great job for people-watching, both the people riding the death-defying machines and the carnival barkers in front of the tent walls advertising the freak shows. Carnies are fascinating people whether they are disabled,…

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Anti-Life America

by Ed Raymond | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | February 13th, 2019

All The Evidence Points To An Anti-Life Political Party
After observing and experiencing the machinations and voting records of the Republican Party from Nixon to Reagan To Bush To Trump, one can arrive at only one conclusion: It is anti-life. The Trump-White-Republican (Trumwhiticans) Party calls itself pro-life when it comes to abortion. But when we examine political platforms and voting records, the only period the Trumwhitican Party is actually pro-life for is the nine-months from…

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​A Feudal System Resurrection

by Ed Raymond | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | February 6th, 2019

The World Economic Forum Meets Two Caravans
As 2,000 private jets carrying the world’s oligarchs, plutocrats, CEOS, millionaires and billionaires to Davos, Switzerland where they would decide in January how they were going to screw the bottom 99 Percent out of their last dollar, two caravans were slowly moving to the United States-Mexico border. One was from the south from Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, and other Latin American countries; the other from the United States and Canada.…

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​Ancient Myths and Modern Facts

by Ed Raymond | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | January 30th, 2019

A Formula for Trouble: Sex and Religion
Humankind has had two major vexations for thousands of years: sex and religion. Sex has caused wars between individuals and among groups since Lucy decided to go to the back of the cave with another relative of Homo Erectus. Religion has caused more wars between tribes and among countries more than any other vexation, including economics. If there is a problem in River City, it’s probably sex or religion. Ever since Leviticus declared that…

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​A Serious Case Of Indigestion

by Ed Raymond | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | January 23rd, 2019


Should Washington Evaluate Policies With Guts Or Brains?
A Republican state senator the other day said; “I depend on my gut to make major decisions.” He evidently is following the decision-making practices of his Great leader, King Donald Trump, who claims; “I’ve got a gut. And it thinks better than some brains.” I wonder if the Manhattan village idiot got this idea from his primary doctor—who happens be a gastroenterologist. In challenging the action of the Federal Reserve…

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​Nary A Drop To Drink

by Ed Raymond | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | January 16th, 2019

The Epic Battle Between Milk And Water
I didn’t realize our neighbor state Wisconsin had over 15,000 lakes until I Googled. Well, it might depend on how you count them according to size and acreage. We know that Minnesota has about 10,000 but whether Wisconsin actually has more water in its lakes and rivers is an argument we don’t need right now.I do know that “water” has changed a great deal since I was a kid who went swimming in our farm ponds loaded with a foot of muck and…

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A Cold Day In Hell? No Way!

by Ed Raymond | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | January 9th, 2019


Lots Of Guesses About The “Undiscovered Country”
As a child I remember hearing a few things about Hell in Catholic catechism class. It was hot with rivers of fire and one would live there forever for not behaving. It was the opposite of Heaven with the gold streets. Over the years we get snippets and sonnets about Hell in church and literature so we have some knowledge about the place no one wants to visit. Shakespeare’s Hamlet makes us think about Hell and Heaven in his famous…

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Americans At The Precipice

by Ed Raymond | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | December 19th, 2018

Living Paycheck To Paycheck
The French “yellow vest” is required for each driver in case of an accident. It is now the symbol of income-inequality protest in France and may represent the beginning of World War III and the battle between the haves and have-nots. Caravans of the poor are assaulting borders on five continents while half of the populace in developed countries is living paycheck to paycheck. The smart phone and the Internet have brought fantastic wealth and crippling…

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