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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.

May 21st, 2015 - 11:10 pm § in Jew, Middle East

Repugnant Jews: The Torah Gives Israel to The Jews?

(Times of Israel) Tzipi Hotovely, Israel’s deputy foreign minister, the country’s de facto top diplomat, told Israeli diplomats Thursday not to hesitate in asserting to their foreign counterparts that the entire Land of Israel belongs to the Jewish people.

In an unapologetic speech to incoming Foreign Ministry employees, Likud lawmaker Tzipi Hotovely said that “the time has come to tell the world that we’re right – not only smart.”

Hotovely, who favors the annexation of the West Bank and opposes the establishment of a Palestinian state, told envoys, “We must return to the basic truth about our right to the land.”

“Of course the world understands Israel’s security needs, but arguments of ethics and justice will trump security arguments,” she said, urging Israeli diplomats serving abroad to reiterate the Jewish people’s right to the entire land — apparently referring to sovereign Israel and the biblical Judea and Samaria.

Hotovely also quoted an article by late right-wing newspaper editor Uri Elitzur who maintained that Israel needed to shift its approach from arguing for its security interests to insisting in international forums it has a right to sovereignty over the West Bank.

“It’s important to say — this country is all ours. We didn’t come here to apologize for that,” Hotovely said.

During her speech, Hotovely cited the 11th-century Bible commentator Rashi, who explained the Bible’s focus on the story of the Jewish people’s origins in the Land of Israel and its exodus from Egypt to the Promised Land was meant to shore up the Jewish claim to the land in subsequent generations.

Diplomats were shocked at the speech, the Haaretz daily reported, and many “raised an eyebrow” over the reference to a Jewish Biblical right to the land.

“It’s the first time anyone has asked us to use verses from the Torah for public diplomacy abroad,” one diplomat was quoted as saying.

Referring to the absence of a foreign minister and a prolonged strike by diplomats last year over stagnating wages, Hotovely concluded her speech by declaring that she would fight to return the ministry to its former prominence as the spearhead of Israeli diplomacy.

After the speech, Hotovely told journalists that despite her personal political views, she was committed to pursuing a two-state solution in keeping with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s declared policy.

On Wednesday, Hotovely told EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini that the Palestinian Authority had “abandoned” peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians last year, and called on Europe to support Israel’s demand that the Palestinian Authority recognize Israel as a Jewish state.

May 21st, 2015 - 1:03 am § in America, Diversity

Your Soul Has a Gender, Given by God

  DelBene Supports First Federal Ban Mandating That Gender Preference is Innate.  Nest step?  Maybe the right will solve global warming by passing a law that changes the chemistry of CO2?  Or maybe the left will pass a law making opium non addictive?    Congress ought not legislate scienc[...]

May 20th, 2015 - 1:28 am § in Misc.

DAVEY JONES: A Life Boat Gets Its Motor Stolen

Davey-Jones1where we were…  We stowed survival suits and went to check the life boats, it turns out that the motor from the port boat had been stolen…This was rather strange, as a life boat motor is not something often stolen, first off they’re heavy, in the 1200LBS range, second, they are h[...]

May 19th, 2015 - 10:23 am § in Ongoing Presidential Campaign, Politics

Putting lipstick on a pig: Christie shows how it’s done

“They want me to stay,” New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) told Fox News’s Megyn Kelly when she pointed out a survey showing that 65 percent of his state didn’t think he’d do a good job as president. “A lot of those people in that 65 percent want me to stay.̶[...]

May 19th, 2015 - 1:26 am § in Misc.

The American Federation of Teachers Asks for Sympathy For Teachers

TeachersDear Stephen, Every day, educators are making a difference in children’s lives—and they do it despite staggering obstacles. Recently, the AFT collaborated with the Badass Teachers Association to survey educators on how their working conditions affect them, and the results show that the obstacles[...]

May 18th, 2015 - 11:07 am § in Americanism, Schools & Colleges, The Ave Scene

Why we NEED More Out of State Students at the UW!

The In-State Tuition Break Is Slowly Disappearing OK that is very wrong.  It is asinine to use out of state tuition to subsidize the UW’s roel as an elite university for our own kids. However, that does NOIT mean we do not need more out of state students. Look at Husky Stadium.  The UW recru[...]

May 22nd, 2015 - 4:49 pm § in Ongoing Presidential Campaign

Why Santorum isn’t qualified to be president

How can we trust him to deal with Putin or Kim Jung Un if he can’t even stand up to a raving lunatic in a townhall meeting? Watch this video, then compare Santorum’s deer-in-headlights stunned silence with how Sen. McCain handled a similar situation in the video below: In a rationale wor[...]

May 22nd, 2015 - 1:35 pm § in Ongoing Presidential Campaign

Huckabee defends child molester

GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee “is standing by the Duggar family” of TV reality show fame — and called the Duggars an “example of something that’s wholesome and wonderful” — after Josh Duggar “issued an apology Thursday [for] allegedly mol[...]

May 22nd, 2015 - 12:14 pm § in Misc.

The LRID: Better than Mother in Law Apartments

 I have mixed feelings about the proposal to create mother in law apartments in my (expensive) neighborhood.  Similar neighborhoods in Boston and Chicago seem to be developing multistory buialdings that fit in with single family homes. I do not know how these buildings are bing built but it seems[...]

May 22nd, 2015 - 9:04 am § in Misc.

THEA Ave Scene: Wine Tasting

Event The Washington State AVA Wine Tasting Series 7 Featuring Walla Walla Valley, Part 2    World Trade Center Seattle – Holland America Line Room Seattle, WA Jul 20, 2015 4:30 PM Join us for our second round of wine tasting from the Walla Walla Valley. With over 300 wineries in this inte[...]

May 22nd, 2015 - 7:58 am § in America, Diversity, political correctness, The Ave Scene

FACEBOOK: Does Seattle Need To Build Poorhouses?

Sarajane Siegfriedt FACEBOOK Erica C. Barnett wrote, “Cognitive dissonance is strong with these candidates. Most of the eight had no problem saying they want to see lots more affordable housing in one breath, and saying that they also support higher taxes on all new development in the next.&#[...]

May 22nd, 2015 - 2:26 am § in Misc.

Hundreds protest Olympia police shooting

A white police officer shot 2 black stepbrothers in Olympia, Washington, early Thursday morning after they allegedly assaulted him with a skateboard after trying to shoplift beer at a Safeway store, prompting large protests Thursday evening. The suspects were hospitalized, one in critical condition,[...]

May 21st, 2015 - 11:06 am § in Africa, America, Americanism, Black, Britain, Diversity, EU, Europe, Hypocrisy, India, Iran, Jew, Middle East, Misc., political correctness, Politics, politics, Religion, Seattle, The Ave Scene, USA, Whites

Can’t defend Evil

I recently got into an argument about whether or not the Islamic State was fighting for justice.  Not sure why I entertained statements made by someone who I thought was intelligent on this subject.  How do people sympathize with a group that enslaves women and children? According to the Islami[...]

May 21st, 2015 - 10:07 am § in Hypocrisy, Religion

Gay-bashing hypocrite bites the dust

Rev. Matthew Makela, formerly an associate pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Midland, Michigan, led a salacious double life. Read about it here and here. [...]