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​Buy Stock in Cremation Ovens and Caskets

July 20th, 2022

By Ed Raymond

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Hey! Hey! Supremes! How Many Men, Women, and Kids Did You Kill Today?

Life in a complex, advanced society can be very hazardous to your health. We generally kill more than 40,000 a year in traffic accidents, many when freedom-loving drivers and passengers fly through windshields and open doors because they are not wearing seatbelts. Bikers die because helmets keep the wind from hair before heads meet concrete. We lose about 50,000 people a year to drug…

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​Cult of the Ideoidiots

July 3rd, 2022

By Ed Raymond

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Christianity Has Fallen Off the Cross

Corky and I have classified ourselves as faithful Christians for nearly ninety years, but we both have reached the point where a solid majority of “Christians” no longer seems to agree with the teachings of Jesus Christ. The good Christians who are left, wherever they are, aren’t trying to save their brothers and sisters from religious suicide or euthanasia. Consequently, Corky and I are withdrawing our…

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​Democrats Can Win

June 28th, 2022

By Ed Raymond

fargogadfly@gmail.com

Remember: Eighty-Five Million Eligible Voters Did Not Vote in 2020

There’s only one person in Washington who can convince young voters of every color to go to the polls in 2020 en masse and vote for Democrats at every level of government—and he’s not even a Democrat. He is the most popular active politician in America. While Joe Biden falls off bikes at a Delaware beach, this leader constantly does the work necessary to win many votes.

Vermont…

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​Crossing the Autocrat’s Crevasse

June 19th, 2022

By Ed Raymond

fargogadfly@gmail.com

A Most Important Question: How Do You Deprogram 52 Million Cult Members?

In a recent poll, 52 million Trumplicans of the gun cult said they were willing to sacrifice several thousand U.S. children each year in order to keep the Second Amendment on the books.

On top of this alarming declaration, our last two presidents have serious problems with reality. In a complex world going through climate change, autocracy, economic inequality, racial…

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​Empathy or Sociopathy?

June 19th, 2022

By Ed Raymond

fargogadfly@gmail.com

Congress: Why Does Australia Have Only One-Tenth the COVID Death Rate?

The opening sentence about the COVID virus in “The Last Word” in THE WEEK magazine is shocking: “If the United States had the same death-rate as Australia, about 900,000 lives would have been saved.”

Other countries such as Japan, Kenya, and Norway had lower death rates than us, but Australia is the better comparison. We speak English, have similar demographic profiles, and…

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​Choice: Military Rifles or Democracy

June 4th, 2022

By Ed Raymond

fargogadfly@gmail.com

First, because of the intractability of the gun culture for forty years, and a Supreme Court that bases its firearm opinions on the flintlock musket, I propose that public K-12 and college and university professors in the country tell Congress: pass all necessary and reasonable gun safety and control laws to eliminate the gun culture that has flooded the entire country with firearms, or we will call a national strike on September 1, 2022, that will…

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​Going Ape and Crowing About It

May 28th, 2022

By Ed Raymond

fargogadfly@gmail.com

Taking a Break From Politics While Watching Bird Brains

As a farm boy I always enjoyed feeding our animals and birds after helping to prepare the foods they all enjoyed, whether it was corn on the cob for pigs or silage chopped up for the cows for their winter buffet. Sometimes the horses got dessert in the form of a nosebag of oats. The geese, ducks, and chickens ate every seed and grain known to man before laying eggs and being eaten. Being French we…

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Killing Off the Middle Class

May 22nd, 2022

By Ed Raymond

fargogadfly@gmail.com

If You Want a Free University Education, Why Not Go to Europe?

Why are President Joe Biden and the White House in some kind of sleep mode? Very little is getting done! We can’t afford to go back to “normal,” Joe! Why does Bernie have to get on national news programs every Sunday and declare what our real problems are? Paying off student debt was a big deal during your campaign, along with other progressive goals to bring back a strong middle…

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​Abortion: Political, Moral, or Religious?

May 18th, 2022

By Ed Raymond

fargogadfly@mail.com

Basic Question: Do We Kill the Mother or the Fetus?

Abortion, in the simplest text, involves and confounds sex, love, hate, poverty and wealth.

Billions of dollars are exchanged by various genders as they seek sex around the world. Bangkok is aptly named. People pay thousands of dollars in airfare just to boast they had sex at high altitudes. We don’t know what happens on the International Space Station, but James Bond knows.

Some spend thousands on…

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​What Is Democracy?

May 8th, 2022

By Ed Raymond

fargogadfly@gmail.com

How Can We Know Democracy When We Have Never Experienced It?

Some Americans have said we had democracy when one rich man wrote that all men were “created equal and endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights.” Evidently he didn’t mean women at all—or slaves who were only three-fifths of a man. A century and a half ago we killed 750,000 in a civil war and didn’t get an answer about democracy then—and we are still killing each other…

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