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 28th, 2014 - 1:34 am § in America, Politics, politics, USA

Clinton-Webb 2016?

2016: Democrat Jim Webb Enters The Ring

The rumors are that Chuck Hagel was  dismissed as Secretary of  Defense because he was the wrong man to fight a war.  If we are still at war in 2016 will the Dems need a manly man on the ticket to elect Hillary?

Jim Webb, former Democratic Senator from Virginia, has launched an exploratory committee for a 2016 run at the Presidency.  While Webb is very unlikely to pose a threat to Hillary, he has potential to add agreat deal to the ticket.  Webb is male, a combat veteran from the Marines, a  centrist,  and has blue-collar, working class flavor rare in today’s Democratic pantheon.  He even has Republican creds of an unusual sort. In 1988 Webb resigned as Ronald Reagan’s Navy secretary because of budget cuts.  A Democrat to conservative on military for the Gipper?

“Over the past few months, thousands of concerned Americans from across the political spectrum have urged me to run for president,” Webb said in the video. “A constant theme runs through these requests: Americans want positive, visionary leadership that they can trust, at a time when our country is facing historic challenges. They’re worried about the state of our economy, the fairness of our complicated multicultural society, the manner in which we are addressing foreign policy and national security challenges, and the divisive, paralyzed nature of our government itself. They’re worried about the future. They want solutions, not rhetoric. I learned long ago on the battlefields of Vietnam that in a crisis, there is no substitute for clear-eyed leadership.  Each time I served not withthe expectation of making government a career, but tocontribute to the good of the country during a period of crisis or great change. In that spirit, I have decided to launch an exploratory committee toexamine whether I should run for president in 2016.”



November 27th, 2014 - 12:19 pm § in America, Hypocrisy

Did Officer Wilson Do The Right Thing?

  Could Officer Wilson have avoided shooting Michael Brown? (based in part on  the NY Times article and an article in Think Progress on how grand juries work) Darren Wilson told George Stephanopoulos that the answer to whether the officer had any other choice was “No.” This simplest of  answe[...]

November 27th, 2014 - 1:23 am § in America, Corporatism

HAPPY THNKSGIVING: Unless you work for WalMart

Based on story by Laura Clawson at Daily KOS ..(click image for her full text) Walmart workers are forced to rely on government assistance to make ends meet. But PR is all … Walmart is totally concerned for its “associates” .. expressing their sincerity like China’s corpora[...]

November 26th, 2014 - 9:00 am § in America, Americanism, Religion, Schools & Colleges

Blasphemy laws are not new, but our religion is the one truth.

A Home School Teacher Explains Evolution Video of a visit to the Fields Museum by a devout Christian home schooler.  Since the fundamentalist insist that evolution is a religion, I propose that we make science denial against the law.[...]

November 25th, 2014 - 11:18 am § in America, Americanism

Demonizing the poor

CharlieDemonizing the person you are pillaging is an age old trick. If she is explained as undeserving of government benefits you can justify giving the money to the rich and we get the trickle down we been waiting for since Reagan lied about it.[...]

November 25th, 2014 - 11:08 am § in America, Americanism, political correctness

Occupying Black America

The problem in Ferguson is s NOT officer Wilson or the grand jury. The problem in Ferguson  is occupation. Every occupying army goes through the same problems. British soldiers, Israeli soldiers, as well as America’s occupying armies have always had these problems.  Soldiers or police office[...]

January 13th, 2014 - 1:34 am § in America, The Ave Scene

Homeless in Seattle

Are Seattle’s Homeless Camps Shelters or a Tax Dodge? Over at the Quixotic Blog, Dave Preston has been following the homeless camps. Some of what he writes is very disturbing. 1. In an effort to force closing of a camp, the government sent in crew to cut down trees and shrubs .. leaving a an [[...]

November 27th, 2014 - 12:53 pm § in Misc., The Ave Scene


Bryan Myrick · On Thanksgiving Day, it’s important to look forward and get serious about the big challenges facing us. For example, do our 12th Man powers still function after a typical coma-inducing Thanksgiving feast? How do you cleanly remove pecan pie from the ceiling after a blown call b[...]

November 27th, 2014 - 11:57 am § in Misc.

John Hodgman Pushes New Netflix Show!

Click the image or subscribe to Netflix and check out John’s stand-up special “Ragnarok.”  [...]

November 27th, 2014 - 11:21 am § in Misc.

Happy Thanksgiving


November 27th, 2014 - 10:14 am § in America, Americanism, Corporatism

What Police Do


November 27th, 2014 - 12:16 am § in Misc.



November 26th, 2014 - 10:47 am § in Misc.

THE Ave Challenge: What is it?

A. Scene from new sci fi movie: Utopia B. New prison in Saudi Arabia with male and female floors C. Biblioteca Jose Vasconcelos in Mexico City D. Rem Koolhaus’ original concept for the Seattle public library E. Google’s concept for Its Robot factory.  [...]