On Petty Tyrants: Democrats and Ming the Merciless

Remember the schlocky 1980 sci-fi cult hit Flash Gordon?
It wasn’t what you’d call a great movie. Delightfully awful would be a better word for it. Other than a pair of notable acting performances by Max von Sydow and Timothy Dalton and an inspired soundtrack by Queen, the reboot of the early 20th-century comic book series onto the big screen wasn’t something you’d particularly take with you.
But there was one scene worth remembering, that being when von Sydow, as the intergalactic tyrant Ming the Merciless, offers the hero an opportunity to rule over Earth as a vassal king.

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On Petty Tyrants: Democrats and Ming the Merciless

Remember the schlocky 1980 sci-fi cult hit Flash Gordon?
It wasn’t what you’d call a great movie. Delightfully awful would be a better word for it. Other than a pair of notable acting performances by Max von Sydow and Timothy Dalton and an inspired soundtrack by Queen, the reboot of the early 20th-century comic book series onto the big screen wasn’t something you’d particularly take with you.
But there was one scene worth remembering, that being when von Sydow, as the intergalactic tyrant Ming the Merciless, offers the hero an opportunity to rule over Earth as a vassal king.

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Fighting Extremism in the U.S. Military

In early October, FBI agents arrested Jeremy Brown, a former congressional candidate, for his alleged participation in the January 6 riot at the Capitol. A member of the far-right group the Oath Keepers, he was photographed in military fatigues and a tactical vest, toting surgical shears and zip ties.
Brown is also an Army Special Forces veteran.
Of the 600 or so people who have been charged with crimes in conjunction with the insurrection, dozens have ties to the military.

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Climate Disasters Leave Undocumented Immigrants Up the Creek

Residents of Queens, New York, in the aftermath of flooding from September’s Hurricane Ida.Jeenah Moon/The Washington Post/Getty

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This story was originally published by Grist and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. 
When Hurricane Ida hit New York City on September 16, it dumped more than three inches of rain an hour. Sewers overflowed, streets turned into rivers, and thousands of homes and basements across the city’s five boroughs flooded.

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For Haitians, the Border Crisis Doesn’t Stop With Del Rio

Very little surprises Larry Cox anymore. Thirty years of humanitarian work at the U.S.-Mexico border will erode many commonplace human emotions, and for Cox, surprise is one of them. In late September, the refuge he helped start and run in the Mexican border town of Matamoros was bracing for an influx of Haitian asylum-seekers. Earlier that month, about 400 miles west of him in Del Rio, Texas, 15,000 Haitian migrants had gathered in a sprawling encampment on the banks of the river that separates the two countries.

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How Biden Can Take On the Climate Crisis by Himself

President Biden has failed to live up to his promise to progressives to be a climate president. U.S. emissions continue to rise. Last week, 23 unique plant and animal species were declared extinct. A catastrophic pipeline oil spill in California is actively killing fish, birds, and wetland ecosystems. And in violation of treaty rights that are constitutionally the supreme law of the land, Biden allowed Enbridge’s Line 3 tar sands pipeline to become operational on October 1, which will add emissions equivalent to 50 new coal-fired power plants and will inevitably spill.

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A Quick, Compelling Bible Study Vol. 80: Earthquakes, Plague, Drought, Floods, Fire – Oh My God!

Author’s Note: Interested readers can find all previous volumes of this series here. News Flash: The first 56 volumes are compiled into a book titled “Bible Study For Those Who Don’t Read the Bible.” More details at the end. Now back to our regular programming. 
Thanks for joining us. Today we study what Scripture says about natural disasters, drought, pestilence, and plague.
Could God prevent natural disasters and pestilence from happening? Does He cause them to happen? Those are tough questions that I know loyal readers will answer in the comments section.

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A Quick, Compelling Bible Study Vol. 80: Earthquakes, Plague, Drought, Floods, Fire – Oh My God!

Author’s Note: Interested readers can find all previous volumes of this series here. News Flash: The first 56 volumes are compiled into a book titled “Bible Study For Those Who Don’t Read the Bible.” More details at the end. Now back to our regular programming. 
Thanks for joining us. Today we study what Scripture says about natural disasters, drought, pestilence, and plague.
Could God prevent natural disasters and pestilence from happening? Does He cause them to happen? Those are tough questions that I know loyal readers will answer in the comments section.

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Biden Is Continuing a Long Tradition of Mistreating Haitian Migrants

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The images went viral over the weekend. Department of Homeland Security agents astride on horses and using whips to herd migrants from Haiti, as if they were unruly cattle who’d escaped from a farm. Jen Psaki, the White House Press Secretary, condemned the border patrol actions, which were a bit too reminiscent of white men on slave-catching patrols. “That’s not who the Biden-Harris administration is,” she told CBS.

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