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 20th, 2014 - 1:30 am § in America

KKK offers to provide hazmat suits to Americans afrAID OF African Virsus

The KKK has offered to provide hazmat suits to citizens concerned that US immigration policies are letting infected Africans into America.

October 18th, 2014 - 1:18 pm § in Hypocrisy, Religion


The only way this Pope is going to fix the Roman Catholic Church is by 1. using his ability to speak for God.  2. Appointing better people as Cardinals and Bishops. Pope Francis needs to do more.  At 75, Pope Frank is likely to die and the current college of Cardinals will replace hiumn with anot[...]

October 18th, 2014 - 9:30 am § in Misc.

THE Ave Challenge: Where is this?

A. Kenya B. South Carolina C. Beijing D. Chicago E  Senegal[...]

October 17th, 2014 - 12:35 pm § in America, Americanism, Misc., political correctness, politics, Schools & Colleges, The Ave Scene

Class and Leadership in the Black Community

Alright before I begin, It has to be understood that black people are different.  These are my thoughts, based on my life and understanding of the Black Experience. This is hypothetically speaking. At no point during our history here in America, nor before while in Africa have all black people been[...]

October 16th, 2014 - 11:54 pm § in America, Corporatism, Hypocrisy, Politics, The Ave Scene, USA

Do you think Larry Ellison might be able to pay a tax on his unproductive wealth?

Why don't we recognize Cuba?I have written many times about the wealth tax.  A wealth tax designed to tax wealth selectively based on productivity has the extra advantage of increasing the use of capital to stimulate jobs.  Put another way … money invested in gold coins, yachts, art, real estate, government bonds or ca[...]

October 15th, 2014 - 8:55 am § in America, Americanism, Corporatism, Hypocrisy, Schools & Colleges

Message to Washington state’s best students is clear .. if you can get into an elite private schools you should do so .. TO SAVE MONEY!

UW Weritas UNLESS YOU ARE AN ATHLETE: DO NOT APPLY TO THE UW Over at the Berkeley Blog, Robert Reich has written a disturbing essay on the effects of endowment of private, elite schools, on the US governments subsidy for education of the wealthiest Americans: “(Given the) relatively small number of stu[...]

October 20th, 2014 - 1:58 pm § in America, politics

An Ironic Cartoon

This Tea Party cartoon is, ironically, a tribute to the President.  In the 21st century, “wars” are not won by tanks, carriers, and huge armies. They are won by the nation who invests in tis economy .. China![...]

October 20th, 2014 - 9:48 am § in Misc.

NEW LAWS From Oklahoma: Naming The Arts District For a KKK Leader

Did you know that the legal name for our highway 99 is still Jefferson Davis Highway? Well, at least we don’t have signs celebrating that stupidity.  Over there in Tulsa OK, however, the city fathers have named streets and memorials after the local KKK guru, Wyatt Tate Brady.  Now they want [...]

October 19th, 2014 - 10:15 pm § in America

Saving To Retire On $7.25 An Hour

Republicans don’t like Social Security and think people should be responsible for their own retirement savings.  But they also oppose paying workers enough to live on in the present, let alone save for the future. “Too many Americans are too dependent on Social Security” and need [...]

October 19th, 2014 - 9:09 pm § in Americanism

Shooting A Gun Will Give You Lead Poisoning

No, this headline isn’t tongue-in-cheek.  I had a heckuva time writing it, because this article is serious.  I gave up trying to write something catchy, played it straight, and wrote a simple factual statement.  Seriously, I did.  I can’t outdo the Seattle Times’ reportage on t[...]

October 19th, 2014 - 2:19 pm § in Ongoing Presidential Campaign, Politics

Should America Trust Rick Perry With Life-And-Death Power?

Rick Perry is fixing to run for president again.  Let’s hope he’s quickly eliminated, because this man is dangerous.  He has proven that he can’t be trusted with the nuclear codes or any other life-and-death decisions.  His incuriosity, poor judgment, low character, and plain st[...]

October 19th, 2014 - 10:45 am § in Hypocrisy, Politics

Ebola: The GOP’s Budget-Cutting Chickens Come Home To Roost

Finally, some plain talk and common sense about the GOP’s intellectually bankrupt ideology of savaging government and then blaming it for everything that goes wrong: “Conservatives can’t bash and slash government and then suddenly act surprised if government isn’t there when [...]

October 19th, 2014 - 7:19 am § in Misc.

The Messiah Arrives

579 BCE King Cyrus of Persia formally occupied Babylon.[...]