Gadfly

The ​American Taliban at Work and Play

January 7th, 2023

By Ed Raymond

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To ND Legislators: Are Women Equal to Men and Shall All LBGTQ+ be Stoned?

It is well known that many politicians who have played doctor when toddlers continue to play the same game and vote on medical and scientific issues they know nothing about after being elected to public office. Some believe Satan is very busy spreading a horrifying sexy virus around which will condemn participants to Hell.

What nonsense. A couple of decades ago Norwegian…

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14,000 Blinks

December 27th, 2022

By Ed Raymond

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Why Is the World Such a Terrible Mess When We Have 4,200 Religions?

‘Twas said Hitler was kind to his secretary and was inconsolable when one of his favorite dogs died. How did he feel about killing six million of the eleven million Jews living in Europe, as well as starting a world war that may have killed more than sixty million?

Hitler was confirmed in 1904 as a Roman Catholic. His mother was a practicing Catholic while his father was a…

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​A Surplus of Sopranos

December 18th, 2022

By Ed Raymond

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The Donald Is Playing ‘Mac the Knife’

There have been several centuries-old historical records when men and boys were intentionally castrated to provide a specific social function. The Republican Party and Donald Trump have just started another record.

Eunuchs in the reign of Semiramis 4,000 years ago served as servants and slaves, as domestic workers, singers and entertainers, concubines, sexual partners, religious leaders, royal guards,…

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​Omelet or Wings?

December 15th, 2022

By Ed Raymond

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What Is Abortion Really About? Religion, Science, Economics, Politics

In a recent cartoon, God is perched on a beautiful cloud and is looking down at a chicken and an egg ready to cross a road. The caption is: “Remember, you must both leave at the same time!”

Is God attempting to answer the question of which came first which has bedeviled, stupefied, and perplexed Homo sapiens since they created thousands of gods? Scientists have determined at this…

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​Liberty or Stupidity?

December 4th, 2022

By Ed Raymond

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A Critical Fact: To Fully Understand a Country, One Must Know Its History

We have state legislatures attempting to prevent pre-schools through universities from teaching the real history of our country. We have school boards firing librarians and banning books that may provide students critical historical perspectives about where they live. Some conservatives want to “protect” their “sensitive” children from feelings of guilt about being White.…

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​Black-White Striped Flags

November 27th, 2022

By Ed Raymond

farhogadfly@gmail.com

Why Not Pass Black-White Flag Laws to Label Who Lies, Cheats, and Stinks?

We have “red flag” laws in 19 states to keep weapons out of the hands of malcontents and the mentally unbalanced who threaten family members and others with firearms or other weapons.

The American Psychiatric Association has estimated that six percent of the population will go “bonkers” each year and need mental health treatment. That means up to 20 million of us could be…

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​Democracy or Reich?

November 19th, 2022

By Ed Raymond

fargogadfly@gmail.com

That’s the Big Question Today: To Be (Democratic) or Not to Be (Autocratic)

Here we are, only 400 years after our major trouble started with the Mayflower and other ships landing immigrants and slaves on “American” soil named after an Italian entrepreneur named Amerigo Vespucci. He explored possibilities here twice between 1497 and 1504—for Spanish and Portugal kings and queens. I don’t have the room to cover any of the 65,000 years it took to…

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​Some Senators Are Real Horses

November 16th, 2022

By Ed Raymond

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A Trivia Question: How Many Horses Have Been Elected Senator?

There is ample critical historical evidence that horses, or their varying parts thereof, have played important roles in the governing of nations for over 2,000 years. Emperor Caligula, who ruled Rome from year 37 to 41, had the qualities of Donald J. Trump as presently listed in the latest Manual of Mental Disabilities---except for one. He trusted someone.

Caligula determined that his…

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​Adults Doing the Hokey-Pokey

November 5th, 2022

By Ed Raymond

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This Country Is Going to Hell While Politicians of Both Parties Are Dancing

It’s been many years since Corky and I did the Hokey Pokey, that dance where you forced your extremities, including your head, to flail and shake to a musical Caribbean-like beat furnished by various instruments. The common lines were similar, only substituting body parts: “Put your right arm in, take your right hand out. Put your right arm in, and you shake it all…

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​Truth, Lies, and Tapes

October 31st, 2022

By Ed Raymond 

fargogagfly@gmail.com

Free Speech Costs Billions and Contains Billions of Expensive Lies

Our politicians lied from the very beginning with that infamous phrase: “all men are created equal.” That is, only if you were White and owned property could you vote. Many signers of that declaration owned Black property. The big lie continued for almost a century until 675,000 Americans died in battles over freeing Black slaves and allowing Black men to vote. But then the White…

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