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.

November 23rd, 2014 - 11:10 am § in The Ave Scene

Can The UW Huskies Compete With The Harvard Johns?

As the UW football season winds down to an anti-climatic try at a minor bowl game, this may be a good time to compare our program with the program at Harvard.

Going into the Yale game, Harvard is dominating the Ivies. One win away from an undefeated season and the Ivy League championship the Crimson roster includes several NFL prospects.   This is not the team Ted Kennedy played for.  (Based in part on an article in the Wall Street Journal).

Harvard’s Quarterback. Conner Hempel, is not your typical Cambridge John.  Hempel, a 6-foot-3, 210- pound white football prospect  from a Kentucky High School was considering accepting offers to play for  Miami (Ohio), Toledo, Bowling Green, Western Kentucky.  Like any high school football star in the South or from  a Black High school any place in the US, Hempel assumed Harvard was all about academics. Now, the John’s star QB says:

 “We’re all about athletics as well.”

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November 23rd, 2014 - 12:49 am § in Misc.

Israel Turns to Tea Party-Like Nationalism .. a Shanda

Netanyahu’s alliance with the American Tea Party could turn  Israel into the opposite of the Zinistn dream .. a ghetto rather than a hime where Jews return tim live moing fellow semites.  (from World Post) Israel’s Cabinet has approved a contentious bill…  which claims to defin[...]

November 22nd, 2014 - 12:48 pm § in Misc.

FAUX SCIENCE: The Flat Earth Society Lives ON

Click the LOGO or go here for more on Faux Science.[...]

November 22nd, 2014 - 10:01 am § in America

Where Americans Came From

First Native Americans came from Siberia What would Jefferson think? The third President had a “thing” about Native Americans.   Like Rousseau he believed in the noble savage.  Some feel that our constitution was even derived from Cherokee/Iroquois traditions of governance by the peop[...]

November 21st, 2014 - 1:00 am § in America, Hypocrisy, Ongoing Presidential Campaign, Politics, politics, USA

What is a Reprican?

The Republican Radicals, the Repricans, can not be thought of as part of the US system of two parties with a shared commitment to the common American goal of opportunity for all citizens under a representative government.   The common goal of the Repricans is to destroy that system ….[...]

November 23rd, 2014 - 6:22 pm § in Misc.

What’s Wrong With America’s Cops?

When I was a kid, my brothers and I played “Cowboys and Indians” outdoors with toy guns, and our parents didn’t worry about us being gunned down by a police officer. That has changed. Yesterday, for a Cleveland black family, it changed their lives forever. Their 12-year-old son was[...]

November 23rd, 2014 - 5:46 pm § in Misc.

Why I’ll never buy a subscription to the Seattle Times

I like newspapers. My father was a reporter for 40 years. I graduated from a journalism school and worked as a reporter before I became a lawyer and judge. I read newspapers, including the Seattle Times, and sometimes I’ll buy a copy of the Seattle Times from a newsstand, box, or in a store. [...]

November 23rd, 2014 - 3:04 pm § in Politics, USA

Senator Calls Benghazi Report ‘Crap’

“Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, doesn’t think much of a new report from the House Intelligence Committee that exonerates the administration of any alleged wrongdoing in its response to the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya. ‘I think the report is full of crap,’[...]

November 23rd, 2014 - 1:16 pm § in Misc.

Slur of the Day

Sakkiliya (Sri Lanka) an ethnic contumely for Tamils.[...]

November 23rd, 2014 - 11:54 am § in Misc.

Parents! DON’T Let Your Kids Play Outdoors With Toy Guns!

Because there too many paranoid and trigger-happy cops out there: “The 12-year-old boy wielding what turned out to be a BB gun when he was shot by police outside a Cleveland recreation center died early Sunday morning, a police union official confirmed. … The shooting came after a man [...]

November 23rd, 2014 - 4:14 am § in Misc.

How to make a turkey


November 23rd, 2014 - 4:00 am § in Misc.

SUNDAY REVELATIONS: Russia Recovers From Atheism

Life Without God: Non-Believers in Post-Soviet Russia Russia’s main cathedral was destroyed in Soviet times © RIA Novosti 21:00 26/06/2012 By Alexey Eremenko, RIA Novosti Tags: WWII, Soviet Union, Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, Russia “It’s plain scary to be an atheist now. I know cases w[...]