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​Hatred in the World

April 30th, 2022

By Ed Raymond

fargogadfly@gmail.com

Man Was Made by Shock and Agony

The printing presses and all those tiny chips fill our eyes and ears every second with words and images of war, destruction, and the slaughter of human beings in Ukraine and other spots on the planet. Vladimir Putin is just one man blamed for creating most of those images. One of my favorite poets, Robinson Jeffers, has captured the scenes and sounds of the moment and given reasons better than most for why some people…

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Women as Leaders

April 23rd, 2022

By Ed Raymond

fargogadfly@gmail.com

What Do Republican and Democratic Women Stand For?

Have we lost our way? What are the values of a democracy?

In February of 1994, after many years of Russian subjugation, the president of Estonia listed the following values in a speech in Hamburg, Germany: ”(The values are) Freedom of every individual, the freedom of the economy and trade, the freedom of the mind, of culture and science, are inseparably connected.” In broad terms, with the two…

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​Miranda Was Half Right

April 9th, 2022

By Ed Raymond

fargogadly@gmail.com

Zebras Are Half Black and Half of Humans Are Above Average

In Shakespeare’s play The Tempest, Prospero’s daughter Miranda has been sheltered much of her life. After a storm maroons them on an island, she is exposed to some of the residents. In her naivety concerning humans, she exclaims, “Oh, wonder! How many goodly creatures are there here! How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world, that has such people in it!”

Her father, who has seen many…

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​Some Zebras Are Black on White While Others Are White on Black

April 2nd, 2022

By Ed Raymond 

fargogadfky@gmail.com

Some Fetuses in the Uterus Are Female, but Are Born With Visible Male Parts

Almost 2,400 years ago Thebes, Greece formed a military organization called the Sacred Band to assist in battles against Sparta. It was made up of 150 pairs of gay lovers. It performed very well in the field, often defeating the enemy when outnumbered two to one.

According to myth, the god Hercules…

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​Transolosophy

March 26th, 2022

By Ed Raymond

fargogadfly@gmail.com

Whatever Happened to Real Conservation, Family Values, and Honest Debate?

With the word “transgender” in the headlines lately, which describes the power of the brain over the organs of the body, I thought I would come up with a new word describing the flip-flopping knuckle-dragging philosophy of Republicans lately.

That word is “transolosophy.” It describes the “translating” of the old philosophy of conservation ( the saving of the status quo…

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​Sunburned White Dominion

March 19th, 2022

By Ed Raymond

fargogadfly@gmail.com

Breaking World News! Trump Told His First Truth and Only Truth Five Years Ago!

It’s been a terrible week. The Vikings signed their narcissistic quarterback Kirk Cousins to two more years of mediocre play at the most important position on a football team. He thinks only of himself and his personal records. God wouldn’t give him COVID-19 so he refused to get vaccinated to help protect his teammates. He has just enough talent to win the little games…

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​Abortion: Economics, Religion, Politics

March 16th, 2022

By Ed Raymond

fargogadfly@gmail.com

What Can We Do To Limit Population When Each Female Can Have 39 Births?

This is what happened in 1967 when Lorraine Saulino-Klein of Laramie, Wyoming was an 18-year-old student nurse at Kings County Hospital Center School of Nursing in Brooklyn:

In a hospital room with a half-dozen doctors watching a pregnant 16-year old girl rolling her eyes, thrashing on a bed, yelling in pain, it was her job to keep tracking her temperature. The girl had been brought…

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​Is History a Nightmare or a Dream?

February 27th, 2022

By Ed Raymond

fargogadfly@gmail.com

Will a Political Party That Burns Books Ultimately Burn Who Reads Them?

My choice for second-worst political party in modern times is the Monster Raving Loony Party organized in Great Britain by Davis “Screaming Lord” Such. His platform had two major goals: (1) tow Britain 500 miles further out to sea to improve its climate, and (2) put glowing phosphorescent material in all dog food so that pedestrians walking in the dark would not step in doo-doo…

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​The Genesis of a Liberal

February 27th, 2022

By Ed Raymond

fargogadfly@gmail,com

Three Men Who Turned Me Into a Social Liberal and a Moral Capitalist

My political beliefs were not forged by Greek philosophers, Nobel economists, politicians, and historians. They were born and matured by words of steel by three writers of fiction: Howard Pyle, Geoffrey Chaucer, and William Shakespeare. In District #54 in Morrison County we averaged about three kids per grade, give or take (I graduated from Eighth Grade with Jim and Adeline). Our…

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​To Pee, or Not To Pee?

February 19th, 2022

By Ed Raymond

fargogadfly@gmail.com

Should That Be a Question on the Job in the Richest Country in the World?

Back in the 17th century, Hamlet in Shakespeare’s play mused about life and death, heaven, purgatory and hell, religion, and whether suicide might be an answer to all of life’s problems in the greatest soliloquy ever written. Here are a few lines:

To be, or not to be, that is the question; whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to suffer

The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,…

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