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.

February 1st, 2015 - 10:59 am § in Misc.


February 1st, 2015 - 10:05 am § in Misc.



February 1st, 2015 - 9:56 am § in Misc.


‘Game of Thrones’ author George RR Martin calls the Patriots ‘evil’ Fox News‎ – 3 hours ago He is rooting for the Seattle Seahawks because “the opposing team is the evil Patriots.“[...]

February 1st, 2015 - 3:29 am § in Religion, Science

SUNDAY REVELATIONS: In the beginning there were Adam, Eve, Ngbo, Perin, Sillia, Ghe, Huang, Uman, Preter, Thym, Kal El, Thoru, Brent, Miter, Jnaet, Janus. Kasi, Chooma, Rven,Avrum, Moseh, Sara, kGhila, Juano, Wall, Sun, Bulgo, Kim, Huang, PBetu, ………………………………………………,

How big was the human population bottleneck? Another staple of theology refuted. September 18, 2011 – 7:13 am A paper in Nature by Heng Li and Richard Durbin contains estimates of the “effective population size” of our ancestors at different points in evolutionary time. (Effective population [...]

January 31st, 2015 - 1:48 am § in Middle East, Tech

Why Palestine Can Not Survive Without Israel

Over at the Global Post, Basil El-Baz, CEO of Carbon Holdings, an Egyptian  oil and gas company has said the hard truth about the hard truth is that the economies of the Middle East.  The obvious exception to his depressing remarks is Israel.  For a Palestinsian stste to prosper, it would need [...]

January 30th, 2015 - 10:23 am § in Misc.

FACEBOOK: Countdown to Superbowl

 Steve Silver ·I’ve been holding back with my Super Bowl prediction for as long as I could, so here it is. I’m not worried about Belicheck or the New England Patriots. The Tom Brady the Seahawks will be facing, isn’t the same Tom Brady from 10 years ago or even 3 years ago. He[...]

January 30th, 2015 - 9:24 am § in Misc.

Netanyahu Fumbles Badly

While polls in Israel show Netanyahu losing ground, the Whitehouse has added to the fire: “It’s an alliance that shouldn’t be turned into a relationship between two political parties. “This is more important than partisan politics. This is about the foundation of an alliance that reflects ou[...]

January 29th, 2015 - 7:55 pm § in Politics, Religion, USA

Hate group funds costly GOP junket

The American Family Association, which the Southern Poverty Law Center has identified as a hate group, has paid for an expensive 9-day visit to Israel for 60 members of the Republican National Committee, according to Haaretz, Israeli’s oldest daily newspaper (est. 1918).[...]

January 29th, 2015 - 3:53 pm § in EU, Europe

Far Right Ascendant in France


January 28th, 2015 - 10:27 am § in Misc.

SUPERBOWL COUNTDOWN: The Seahawks’ Secret Weapon


January 28th, 2015 - 12:35 am § in Misc.

SUPERBOWL COUNTDOWN: God Sponsors Superbowl Ad

I am God and I Approve of this Ad! REPOST FROM 2014: It is time that you stop praying to Me for your team to win. American Atheists has launched an anti-prayer billboard directly across from the Super Bowl stadium. But the American Atheists aren’t the first ones to use the Super Bowl to promo[...]

February 1st, 2015 - 1:16 pm § in Misc.

What is a Bar Mitzvah?


February 1st, 2015 - 12:50 pm § in Misc.

A Football Hero

29-year-old leaves NFL and $37 million contract to become farmer in order to feed the hungry St. Louis Rams center Jason Brown has left the NFL to pursue farming…[...]

February 1st, 2015 - 10:27 am § in Misc.


  Toddler wounds both parents with 1 shot from handgunALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – A 3-year-old boy found a handgun in his mother’s purse and fired just one shot that wounded both his parents at an Albuquerque motel on Saturday, police said. According to investigators, the toddler appar[...]

February 1st, 2015 - 9:19 am § in The Ave Scene


John Comerford  Facebook After two weeks of ‘soul searching’ I am pleased to announce (not that anyone, except my wife really cares) that I will be rooting for the Seahawks tomorrow. It was a tough decision for a Boston inner-city born and raised boy but it came down to: 1. In the end, [...]

February 1st, 2015 - 9:19 am § in Science, The Ave Scene