The Avenger comments

Posted in: Juneteenth, recalling end of slavery, marked across U.S. See in context

As for Lincoln, he never promised to end slavery where it was but only to prevent its spread. No one was willing to fight to free the slaves at that time but even restricting it to where it was, was too much for the slave power and that is the reason they bolted from the Union when he was elected. 

The South fought for slavery and the North for the Union. 

Lincoln was always against slavery but only when the killing became so great that a higher reason had to be given for the war, did Lincoln have the political capital to issue the Emancipation Proclamation.

Lincoln was hardly what we in 2021 would call a liberal minded person but in 1860 he was certainly radical by their standards.  

His talk was typical of the times but we need to stop thinking of great characters in history as flawless and recognize their achievement in spite of their flaws.

In the end, Lincoln saved the Union and destroyed the slave system.

The EP was issued consistent with Section 9 of the Second Confiscation Act enacted July 17, 1862. This section effectively ended slavery throughout the U.S. While borders states and certain areas of the Confederacy were excluded from the Act and the EP the vast majority of slaves resided in the areas covered. Areas exempt were exempt because the 2nd CA and the EP were issued under the doctrine of military necessity. Since the Constitution recognizes the laws of war military necessity gave Lincoln and the congress the work around they needed to get around the assumption that the Constitution left slavery to the states.

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Posted in: Moscow records pandemic high for COVID cases for second day running See in context

Russian wasteland what can I say. Maybe they need to get some real vaccine to the people.

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Posted in: Juneteenth, recalling end of slavery, marked across U.S. See in context

Two independence days. One was gained by white settlers fighting and dying for it. The second was given by white men who fought and died to end slavery. The black community would do well to remember this fact.

In Galveston, the birthplace of the holiday, celebrations included the dedication of a 5,000-square-foot mural titled “Absolute Equality.”

There is no such thing as "equality".

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Posted in: Ultraconservative elected president in Iran See in context

Whether he is a 'hardliner' or 'ultra-conservative' as major mainstream Western media portrays him, the Iranian people in large majority voted for him for his promise of leading the country from the front without pinning all Iran's hopes on foreign agreements like the JCPOA...Rouhani's reformist government has devalued the national currency by 10 times and the inflation rates are very high for any other country with Iran's resources. While sanctions did play a role but the general inefficacy and elitism of the reformists was what the voters voted against in this election.

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Posted in: Motive sought for fatal string of Arizona freeway shootings See in context

Another member of the well regulated militia.

If Americans would just exercise common sense and stay away from places where shootings are likely to occur, they could easily avoid being victims of gun violence. These places include bars, dark alleys, night clubs, concert venues, schools, the workplace, churches, grocery stores, roads and highways, and the home.

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Posted in: Hong Kong democracy paper defiant as executives charged under security law See in context

The lights are going out in HK. My poor friends there.

Autocracies do not tolerate criticisms of the government or any kind of transparency, and those who try to shine a light on despotism are treated as enemies of the state.

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Posted in: Female worker being held hostage at internet cafe in Saitama See in context

How about a bathroom break for the lady?

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Posted in: Black Americans laud Juneteenth holiday; say more work ahead See in context

That photo perfectly expresses why I’m a democrat.

46 sure looks like he is having a great time of it - like the job he was meant for all his life is his and he is doing his best.

Good for him. Good for us.

Thanks for hanging in, Mr. President.

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Posted in: Suga calls on public to watch Olympics on TV as Japan eases state of emergency See in context

I blame the IOC, 1000%. Don't invite these grifters to your city or your country. They're human ***, and they've parasitically extracted everything that was good or noble out of the Olympics.

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Posted in: GM, Ford outdo each other with electric vehicle investments See in context

New study explains why nearly 20 percent of electric car owners return to gas,return%20to%20gas-powered%20cars%2C%20a%20new%20study%20shows.

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Posted in: 'Obamacare' survives: Supreme Court dismisses big challenge See in context

When will Republicans do do something constructive? Even the conservative Supremes majority crushed this one.

This anti-citizen and -human attitude is such a time and energy waster. 

We are going to see Trump's plan in two weeks.

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Posted in: Gov't to begin issuing vaccine passports in July See in context

Apr. 29 07:03 am JST Posted in: Japan to introduce 'vaccine passports' for international travel See in context

If you mentioned "vaccine passports" a year ago, you were called a conspiracy theorist.

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Posted in: Teacher in Japan literally picks up truant kid, carries him out of house to make him go to class See in context

Here comes Truant Officer Donald.

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Posted in: Nuclear reactor problem a new headache for designer and China See in context

French energy giant EDF and the Chinese government have sought to ease concerns about a gas build-up at the Taishan Nuclear Power Plant in southern Guangdong province after a CNN report of a potential leak at the site.

The gases that are "building up" are not actually "building up" (as in pressure) and they are noble gases. There is a small anomaly but it is within design limits. Remember chemistry? What a "noble gas" is? Helium, Neon, Argon etc?

There is nothing going on (unless the chicoms are lying) and that's always a possibility but I doubt the French, who designed the reactor, missed anything.

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Posted in: Republicans introduce bill to fire Fauci, face of U.S. Covid response See in context

President Biden's chief medical adviser, Anthony Fauci, is the highest-paid employee in the entire federal government.,Freedom%20of%20Information%20Act%20requests%20obtained%20by%20Forbes.

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Posted in: U.S. COVID-19 deaths cross painful 600,000 milestone as country reopens See in context

Coronavirus alarm detects infection's 'scent' with up to 100% accuracy

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Posted in: Biden promises to lay down 'red lines' to Putin; NATO addresses China challenge See in context

The warning to the Kremlin leader came as Biden pressed to renew Washington's transatlantic ties with allies after years of tensions under his predecessor Donald Trump.

Both these autocrats has ensured they will stay in office long past Biden has left the scene. I doubt anyone of them will care that much over what Biden will say. Both of them are hoping for your archaic Constitution to backfire, once again, in 2024 allowing for some Trump-clone to be awarded the keys to the White House 

One must remember that US politics only runs one electoral cycle at a time.

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Posted in: England delays full lifting of virus restrictions by 4 weeks See in context

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday announced a four-week delay to the full lifting of coronavirus restrictions in England due to a surge in infections caused by the Delta variant.

A headache, sore throat and runny nose are now the most frequently reported symptoms associated with the Delta variant in the UK, researchers have said.

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Posted in: Wasabi the Pekingese named Westminster's 'Best in Show' See in context

Dog? I thought it was a tribble.

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Posted in: Caution as G7 leaders vow to stop Iran building nuclear weapons. See in context

BEWARE!! Israel will do anything possible to undermine the success of this agreement and so will the Zionist members of Congress. They do not represent the American majority.

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Posted in: After G7, Biden says he's reestablishing U.S. credibility See in context

It's amazing what one can accomplish when you don't act like spoilt 5 year-old.

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Posted in: Israel swears in new coalition, ending Netanyahu's long rule See in context

It is long past time to break the grip of these hard right wing ultra-Orthodox ***** in Israel - and their criminal "Dear Leader." They are the same as the hard right wing evangelical fruitcakes in this country - and both pose an existential threat to both nations.

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Posted in: Rash of mass shootings stirs U.S. fears heading into summer See in context

Abbot (Governor of Texas) is making the guns more accessible too. I wonder why Texas bothers. They don't care. Make it easy on yourselves. Don't investigate gun crimes. Don't hold news conferences on gun crimes. Don't worry about the shooters identity, whereabouts or motive(s). It is just a citizen exercising their god given rights. It doesn't matter if anyone gets hurt or dies. All that matters is we don't infringe on gun owners to own and shoot their guns all the time everywhere.

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Posted in: Biden urges G7 leaders to call out and compete with China See in context

Relations between the allies had become strained during the four years of Donald Trump's presidency and his “America first” foreign policy.

The Republicans still don’t seem to understand that no president ever did more for Communist China than Trump (or maybe they understand and are perfectly okay with it). 

Trump unilaterally withdrew from the TPP, creating a leadership vacuum in the region that Chinese were all too happy to fill. 

Trump gave newfound legitimacy to China’s unruly client in North Korea. 

Trump kept silent as a church mouse over grotesque human rights violations in Western China, and the crushing of the pro-democracy movement on Hong Kong. 

Trump presided over the largest-ever trade deficit with China in 2019, while his and his daughter’s merchandise continued to be made there.

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Posted in: U.S. vaccine surplus grows by the day as expiration dates loom See in context

We May Have to Get the COVID-19 Vaccine Every Year - Here's Why

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Posted in: Toshiba colluded with ministry to undermine shareholders, probe finds See in context

This sort of reminds me of the Olympus scandal of 2011.

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Posted in: Biden calls on world leaders to join U.S. in sharing coronavirus vaccines See in context

Biden announced the U.S. commitment to vaccine sharing, which comes on top of 80 million doses he has already pledged by the end of the month.

THIS is the America I remember! 

We stormed the beaches in 1944, landed a man on the moon in 1969. 

Thank you President Biden for helping America be a world citizen again.

You're the man, Joe. Thanks for having compassion and realizing we are all in this together.

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Posted in: Biden, Johnson strike warm tone in first meeting See in context

We should be grateful for our allies putting up with us for 4 years. And we should make sure another Trump NEVER happens again.

It’s actually quite a compliment to England that Biden visited British Isles first.

They are one of our closest allies and it’s nice to see the relationship strengthen after Trump damaged it with his bullying, ignorance and buffoonery.

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Posted in: Outcry as Muslim American lawmaker likens U.S., Israel to Taliban See in context

All the parties Ilhan Omar mentions are being investigated by the International Criminal Court for war crimes.

And don't give me this nonsense you can't compare Israel to Hamas or America to the Taliban. There's no special exemption under international law for state actors. A war crime is a war crime regardless of the religion, ethnicity or nationality of the war criminal.

If you don't want to be investigated for war crimes, then don't commit war crimes.

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Posted in: Suga aims to finish vaccinating Japan's population by November See in context

There are two kinds of people: Those who think the government cares about them, and those who don't.

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