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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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    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.

March 31st, 2015 - 11:14 am § in Politics

Indiana bigots inadvertently legalize pot

“In a classic case of ‘unintended consequences,’ the recently signed Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) in Indiana may have opened the door for the establishment of the First Church of Cannabis in the Hoosier State,” Raw Story reports. “While Governor Mike Pence (R) was holding a signing ceremony for the bill allowing businesses and individuals to deny services to gays on religious grounds or values, paperwork for the First Church of Cannabis Inc. was being filed with the Secretary of State’s office, reports RTV6. Church founder Bill Levin announced on his Facebook page that the church’s registration has been approved, writing, ‘Status: Approved by Secretary of State of Indiana – Congratulations your registration has been approved!’ …

“According to Indiana attorney and political commentator Abdul-Hakim Shabazz, Indiana legislators, in their haste to protect the religious values and practices of their constituents, may have unwittingly put the state in an awkward position with those who profess to smoke pot as a religious sacrament. Shabazz pointed out that it is still illegal to smoke pot in Indiana, but wrote, ‘I would argue that under RFRA, as long as you can show that reefer is part of your religious practices, you got a pretty good shot of getting off scot-free.’ Noting that RFRA supporters say the bill ‘only spells out a test as to whether a government mandate would unduly burden a person’s faith and the government has to articulate a compelling interest for that rule and how it would be carried out in the least restrictive manner,’ Shabazz contends the law may tie the state’s hands. …

“Shabazz concluded, ‘I want a front row seat at the trial that we all know is going to happen when all this goes down.’”

From now on, it should called the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration and Peyote and Pot Legalization Act.

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March 31st, 2015 - 8:00 am § in Misc.

Festival de la Ballena Jorobada

Today is El Festival de la Ballena Jorobada.  The festival is held at a lighthouse in Rincón, Puerto Rico, where the humpback whales can be seen in the ocean during their breeding season.   The whales prefer the warm and calm waters off the coast of Rincón to give birth to their offspring, an[...]

March 31st, 2015 - 5:14 pm § in Misc.


Today, I have retracted an article I posted last November about Seattle Times marketing practices as a result of information reported by news media today. You can read the original article and retraction here.[...]

March 31st, 2015 - 3:51 pm § in Misc.

Republican Proposes that We Bomb Iran THEN Talk


March 31st, 2015 - 2:45 pm § in Africa, America


Muhammadu Buhari wins Nigeria may have held its first true, fair election 55 years after Great Britain granted the Federation of Nigeria full independence as a constitutional democracy including three the country’s  three quite distinct regions. What a great event!  As one of my friends 50[...]

March 31st, 2015 - 2:14 pm § in Misc.

Arkansas motel boss fires maid for liking minimum wage hike

“On February 17, Washington Post reporter Chico Harlan published an article on what happens to communities after a small minimum wage hike. Harlan focused his piece on Shanna Tippen, a 43-year-old mother of two who earned the minimum wage at a Days Inn and Suites in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. Tippe[...]

March 31st, 2015 - 1:26 pm § in Politics

Bigotry Beat: Florida GOP legislator goes Indiana one better

Jason Brodeur (R-Nuts) is no stranger to controversy. In 2011, in the wake of the massacre that killed 6 people and wounded Democratic congresswoman Gabby Giffords and a dozen others, Brodeur introduced a bill in the Florida legislature that would subject any doctor, psychiatrist, or psychologist w[...]

March 31st, 2015 - 9:11 am § in Misc.

Poor overtaxed corporations

“Tax collections from individual Americans last year reached their highest share of the U.S. economy in seven years while corporate tax revenue again lagged historical averages, a new congressional report showed on Monday. … As large companies clamor for tax code reforms aimed at reduci[...]

March 31st, 2015 - 9:00 am § in Misc.

Iran Refuses to Sign Treaty with Texas


March 31st, 2015 - 8:32 am § in Ongoing Presidential Campaign, Politics

Portraits of a rightwing freak

When a few pictures are worth countless words …[...]