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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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Affluenza

by Ed Raymond | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | December 12th, 2018

What happens if conspicuous consumption becomes global?
The latest National Geographic has an editorial “The Global Peril of Inequality” by UCLA Professor Jared Diamond which the entire world should read. The author of many books on science, he is ranked ninth in a poll naming the world’s top 100 public intellectuals. He has won too many scientific awards to mention, but it’s very important to recognize he is considered an expert in a variety of scientific fields: particularly…

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Empty Pews and Collection Plates

by Ed Raymond | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | December 5th, 2018

Raymond-Gadfly-photograph by Sabrina Hornung

What Is The Fastest Growing Religion?
Recent surveys by the Pew Research Center and the Hartford Institute for Religious Research indicate that one in four Americans do not belong to any religion. In fact, the largest “religious” group in the United States now is made up of ex-Catholics. At last count, there were about 385,000 churches belonging to more than 60 denominations, down about 30,000 from just five years ago. Over half of these churches have only 100 worshippers on…

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After 232 Years, Are We Equal Yet?

by Ed Raymond | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 28th, 2018

Will Knowledge Ever Win The Political Sweepstakes?

One might assume that when slave owner Thomas Jefferson thought of the proposition that “all men are created equal” 232 years ago a civilized society over the next ten generations might have figured out how to accomplish the task. Evidently, it is way too short a time for the four horses of Ignorance, Bigotry, Race, and Economic Inequality to be defeated by a crippled old warhorse named Knowledge. Evidently, the arc of history,…

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