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    ST PAUL ICONEvery Sunday, THE Ave begins with a story about religion. Sometimes these are quotes from one of the bibles, other times they stories about how religious and anti religious people behave. Hopefully there is enough balance to please, offend, or stimulate folks who care about what is done in the name or names of deities. READMORE HERE.


    Some months BBQ SC ago I started writing about South Carolina.  In part I started because of the fight between that state and Washington state about jobs for Boeing.  What I have found is almost unbelievable.  The cradle of the confederacy, remains almost incredibly foreign to any place I have lived.  Teen births, gun abuse, anti union laws, racism, … I have relatives who chose to live there but I doubt I would ever want to visit their home. CLICK the BBQ guy to readmore.

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    Roger RabbitRoger is our resident Chief Justice of the cabbage patch.  A former judge and a former journalist, this furry creature is cynical about most things, legalistic about law, and even .. at times … good at making fun.


    legal thuggeryLegal thugs …. they are a pestilence.  I found the lady here watching at the edge of a labor meeting in Seattle.  Who was she?  From her clothing, manicured nails and skeptical posture I took her for some corporate type, perhaps a corporate lawyer looking for an edge.   Lawyers working for corporations seem to be pretty good at that and pretty bad at any sense of ethics.  Indeed, I believe Law 101 teaches them that the first principle of the law is that “it is OK if you can get away with it.” This may be a caricature but I have been collecting stories about lawyers who use perjury as a device, extort money from targets afraid of the costs of law suits, hold forth while hiding under fictions that they are not acting as lawyers, and much more.   Read about this under the tag for legal thuggery.

April 19th, 2014 - 10:02 am § in America, Bigots, free speech, Religion

BUCHENWALD 39: Lost in the story of the resurrection, is a story of an insurrection.

 How Christians Think About Jews at Easter

There is a very strange understory associated with this video. Jay Michaelson at the Forward sees the video as a crude effort to desecrate the memory of Auschwitz and use the camps as a lever to convince Jews that Christianity is our salvation rather than our curse.  The creators of the video  are part of the Jews for Jesus organization and their message,  as Jay Michaelson says, is not to Christians but to Jews:  “The Holocaust, perhaps more than any other event or topic, has kept Jewish people from being open to considering Jesus as the Jewish messiah. If only we didn’t blame Christians for the genocide of our people, the reasoning goes, we’d be more open to converting to Christianity.” .

I see the video in  in the very  different light.  Lost in the story of the resurrection, is a story of an insurrection.   Crucifixion was never a punishment for petty crimes.  The Romans used crucifixion to suppress efforts by conquered people to seek freedom.   Jesus’ story,  if not transformed by Paul’s vision, would be the same as the story we now read of Tibetans resisting Chinese occupation.  Like the Tibetans,the Jews of occupied Israel were torn between the overwhelming  might of the occupying forces and their beliefs in their religion and culture.  Like the Chinese in Tibet, the Romans in Israel punished sedition mercilessly.

There is another, quite amazing parallel between the story of Tibet and the story of Israel. Around the time of Jesus, the great majority of Jews were opposed to violent resistance to the Roman forces.  Militants willing to take up the sword would be in a minority until 40 years later when the disastrous Jewish Wars would lead to the destruction of Jerusalem itself.  The Pharisees, so excoriated by the Christian Bible, were led by the great Rabbi Hillel.  Like a Tibetan monk or like Martin Luther King, Hillel taught his people to be true to their beliefs while practicing passive resistance to the Romans. Most historians today describe Jesus as a follower of this nonviolent doctrine.

Anti-Semitism, whatever its other roots, was fed by the need of the Roman Christians to suppress memories of this nonviolent resistance.  An image like the one in this video of Jesus as a Jew submitting to Roman authority would certainly not have served the purposes of the Roman Empire.

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READMORE about my fight to get my father’s heritage from Buchenwald released so the public can read on one Jew’s words about what he saw when he entered the camps to give medical care to the Nazi victims.

April 17th, 2014 - 4:49 am § in Schools & Colleges

Is Faculty Research Part of Their Teaching?

from Inside Higher Ed   Grant Quota to Be Paid Colleen Flaherty You study homelessness, or female sexuality, and are considered a leader in your field. You aren’t tenure-track but you’ve been a star teacher at your institution – one of the nation’s wealthiest — for m[...]

April 20th, 2014 - 5:06 am § in Misc.

SUNDAY REVELATIONS: Persecutions of the unbelievers:

“How do I know who the true God is?” Alber Saber Ayad’s question was answered by the Egyptian government last week when the 27-year-old computer science student was convicted for “contempt of religion”  in Cairo.  In a video blog, he spoke of the importance of exercising critical reasoni[...]

April 20th, 2014 - 3:58 am § in Religion

Sunday Revelations: ISLAM from Oxford, Introduction

Forgiving Islam, a debate from Oxford ..Introduction[...]

April 20th, 2014 - 3:08 am § in Misc.

SUNDAY REVELATIONS: What Pope Frank SHOULD Read this Easter Sunday

Sister Elizabeth Johnson’s Challenge To The Vatican   (extracts from an essay by  Jamie L. Manson  ) “You say Mary is too passive. Isn’t obedience the greatest virtue?”  This was one of 40 questions sent to Elizabeth Johnson by a cardinal when she was up for a tenure-track position at[...]

April 19th, 2014 - 12:03 pm § in Politics

Why The Dems Will Lose in November

 FLA-13 After a close special  race in Florida, it now looks as if the Dems will give up![...]

April 19th, 2014 - 10:55 am § in Schools & Colleges, The Ave Scene

The UW vs the Unions

One of the UW unions representing classified staff, the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE), has released a report on its labor relations with the University. I’m writing to share this report with interested UW AAUP members. It is attached as a PDF to this message, and can also be [...]

April 19th, 2014 - 9:59 am § in Politics, Propaganda, world

Could Syrian War Result In Israeli-Syrian Alliance?

Fars, Iran’s News agency, claims that Kamal al-Labwani, leader of the moderate Syrian National Coalition (SNC), has proposed a coalition with Israel as the only way to oust the Syrian government. Kamal al-Labwani  spent 10 years behind bars in Syria before being released two years ago at Pre[...]

April 18th, 2014 - 11:02 pm § in The Ave Scene

Commentary by SMS: How to fake a Chihuly

Chihuly fakes Dale Chihuly famously makes no art of his own.  Instead he runs a factory where others, anonymously, create Chihouly stuff.  Last spring Federal authorities  arrested a Renton man  for offering fake Dale Chihuly glass pieces and paintings. Ironically, the fraud was discovered when [...]

April 18th, 2014 - 8:55 pm § in Bigots, South Carolina

South Carolina, Here We Go Again!

I’ve never lived in South Carolina, and frankly don’t want to, and have only an outsider’s impression of the state.  A story in today’s news doesn’t improve my opinion of South Carolina or the people who live there.  If the good citizens of South Carolina want to be t[...]