TA MUG iconThis LEDE is a new feature on THE Ave.  The lede in a newspaper is the paragraph that initially draws readers into a story. On THE-Ave.US, stories can be spread across  many posts so we will use ledes to draw your attention to stories about specific topics or to authors who write here on TA.

    For example, you can click here for stories about the UW or here for timely stories about the presidency under Mitt Romney.


    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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    mR sMITH GOES TO THE uwThe UW was and is the soil from which THE Ave developed.  This lede will take you to stories about the UW … the athletic department’s budget, the lack of free speech on campus, the achievements of the UW that do not get heralded, relations with the city and state, and more. Recent stories have dealt wit a very strange fight over the UW logo.



    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.

October 31st, 2014 - 3:06 am § in Misc.

Happy Halloween

October 31st, 2014 - 1:46 am § in Misc.



October 31st, 2014 - 12:13 am § in Misc.

HALLOWEEN .. a real scare!


October 29th, 2014 - 1:52 am § in Americanism

Male Thuggery vs Racism

Over at Facebook this picture was posted as an example of racism. (Click image) I don’t see any racism unless one equates the sexism, thuggery and hyper-masculinityof the NFL with the unfortunate fact that so many of the players are black. If anything this seems to me to say that this kid sees[...]

October 28th, 2014 - 11:08 pm § in Misc.



October 28th, 2014 - 12:08 pm § in Academic Standards, America, Hypocrisy, Schools & Colleges

About Anthony Washington

There is to much here that I will not try to respond point by point except on one issue .. for Bill's information, the University has certainly not asked me to no identify myself with Pathology/.  Other than that, I think the tone of this letter speaks for itself.Last Fall, THE Ave ran a post by a UW Husky, a student athlete whose career in Basketball failed.   Now Anthony writes about trying to live on the wage he is paid as a UW cook. Anthony Washington was once described as the next big thing for Husky Basketball.  With great PR in the Seattle media, [...]

October 27th, 2014 - 9:50 pm § in Politics, USA

Jeb Bush: Plausible Candidate Or GOP Pipe Dream?

There certainly are signs Jeb Bush might run for president in 2016. Perhaps most tellingly, his son — himself a budding politician who’s probably been tutored in the art of media leaks — said last week there’s at least a 50-50 chance his dad will run. And the Wall Street Jour[...]

October 27th, 2014 - 8:20 am § in Misc.

Donate to Burke .. Beat Scott Walker

For Walker, a loss would last    Walker could be a real contender in 2016. But only if he wins reelection first.[...]

October 27th, 2014 - 1:47 am § in Academic Standards, America, Corporatism, Hypocrisy, political correctness, Schools & Colleges

Teachers Scream About Time Magazine Cover

Why don't we recognize Cuba?The AFT is on a tirade against Time Magazine for using its cover to blame teachers for the fate of America’s public schools.  Time magazine is about to use its cover to blame teachers for the problems in America’s schools. On Monday, Nov. 3, this cover will be in every supermarket checkout [...]

October 26th, 2014 - 11:32 am § in America, free speech, The Ave Scene, Washington State

Privacy and free speech at the UW.

AAUP cross postThis post is based on a letter I recently wrote as editor of THE-Ave.US  to a UW Prof who was upset that a post on TA had referred to a conversation the Prof had posted on the AAUP listserv.  My letter, written as gmail,  raises two important points.  First, unlike most other large universities[...]

October 26th, 2014 - 10:53 am § in America, Politics, Schools & Colleges, The Ave Scene, Washington State

How UW Faculty Ought to Vote in This Election

Dawg UW logoAs we approach the last day to mail ballots, I am struck by the lack of participation of the University of Washington faculty in the 2014 election. That lack is probably reflected in the fact that few of our issues have come to be discussed by the candidates. I assume most faculty fully support the [...]

October 25th, 2014 - 10:43 pm § in Politics, USA

Photo ID: The New (Legal) Poll Tax

voteRepublicans don’t want most Americans to vote.  It’s so obvious they don’t even try very hard to hide it anymore.  It’s an obvious strategy for an unpopular minority party when propaganda and lies don’t work very well anymore.  (Which was amply proven by their double[...]

October 30th, 2014 - 10:46 pm § in Misc.

Washington Supreme Court Makes Rape Crimes Harder To Prove

Washington’s Supreme Court, in a 6-3 decision, ruled today that defendants accused rape can’t be required to prove the victim consented to sex; rather, prosecutors must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the alleged victim didn’t consent to sex. The decision overturns a 1975 legi[...]

October 30th, 2014 - 9:32 pm § in Politics, Science

Why Kaci Hickox Is Right To Defy Governor LePage’s Quarantine

I don’t think any reasonable person will dispute that public health officials should have authority to quarantine individuals who may pose a threat to public health when there’s a rational medical reason to do so. The rationale for quarantining people is the same as for locking up crimin[...]

October 30th, 2014 - 7:06 pm § in America, free speech

Newspaper Fires Editorial Writer For Racist Remarks In Private Blog

The Charleston Daily Mail, a 100-year-old newspaper in Charleston, West Virginia, fired a 30-year employee this week for posting racist comments in his personal blog. Don Surber, who was employed as an editorial columnist, wrote in his blog: “This summer I had an epiphany as I watched packs of[...]

October 30th, 2014 - 4:56 pm § in Hypocrisy, Politics

Serial Killer Endorses Candidate Who Used Him For Attack Ad

A GOP group’s attempt to smear a Democratic candidate using a Willie Horton-type attack ad backfired when the convict featured in the ad endorsed the Republican candidate the group is backing: Convicted killer Nikko Jenkins offered his take on the race in Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional Dis[...]

October 30th, 2014 - 10:47 am § in America, politics

Yes, Republicans’ Voter Conspiracy Theories Are As Weird As You Suspected

If you drill into it, many Republicans really do believe Democrats can’t win except by cheating, and they do it with noncitizen votes. From this it naturally follows that Obama is an illegitimate president, Obamacare is an illegitimate law, and our country has been taken over by foreigners. ht[...]