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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.

December 17th, 2014 - 10:52 am § in Misc.

BREAKING NEWS! Obama Moves Toward Normalizing Relations With Cuba

The U.S. today exchanged 3 Cuban intelligence agents held since the 1990s for American government contractor Alan Gross, imprisoned in Cuba since 2009, and an unnamed “U.S. intelligence asset” an administration source said has been imprisoned in Cuba for more than 20 years, but President Obama’s initiative goes far beyond a prisoner swap. It embraces lessened travel restrictions, easing the trade embargo, and establishing a U.S. embassy in Havana.

The president said “decades of U.S. isolation of Cuba have failed to accomplish our enduring objective of promoting the emergence of a democratic, prosperous, and stable Cuba. At times, longstanding U.S. policy towards Cuba has isolated the United States from regional and international partners, constrained our ability to influence outcomes throughout the Western Hemisphere, and impaired the use of the full range of tools available to the United States to promote positive change in Cuba.” He also said, “The policy changes [will] make it easier for Americans to provide business training for private Cuban businesses and small farmers and provide other support for the growth of Cuba’s nascent private sector.”

Coming at Hannukah time, the release of Alan Gross is something the Jewish community has also long sought.  Mr. Gross had been charged with espionage for his efforts to help Cuban Jews.

For Rush Limbaugh this is less welcome.  Now if he wants Cuban cigars, he will have to travel to Cuba to get them, support the Commies and only be allowed to bring back $100 worth of cigars!.



December 16th, 2014 - 11:10 am § in The Ave Scene

A Mitzvah in The Spirit of Christmas

Geov’s birthday wish (from his blog) Today I turn 55! These round-numbered birthdays don’t come around very often, and I’m never sure whether I’m going to get another one. A lot has changed since my last one five years ago, when some dear friends used the occasion to organize a roast tha[...]

December 16th, 2014 - 1:42 am § in America, Americanism, Hypocrisy

Hannukah 5775: Status of Antisemitism

‘I was at the anti-Semitism rally. Now what?’  Berlin writer Donna Swarthout was frustrated by the lack of enthusiasm of Jewish groups  at  September’s landmark anti-Semitism rally in Berlin.  She sees the Berliner Juden as focused on the past, acting like a persecuted minority[...]

December 11th, 2014 - 11:42 am § in Middle East, Politics

New Face in Israeli Politics?

Netanyahu’s decision to call for new elections reflects a badly divided cabinet.  What else could you have when your cabinet is made of religious fanatics, a far right Foreign Secretary (Avigdor Lieberman) and a peacenik like Zippi Livni? In contrast  Moshe Kahlon, Communications Minister[...]

December 17th, 2014 - 5:20 pm § in Misc.

Republicam Legal Thug Says CIA Perps Could be Charged

  John Yoo: If the Torture Report Is True, CIA Officers Are at Legal Risk By Conor Friedersdorf A surprising admission by an attorney who was instrumental in enabling the Bush Administration’s brutal interrogation practices[...]

December 17th, 2014 - 4:06 pm § in Racism

George Stinney Jr. was lynched by South Carolina

A judge has vacated the 1944 conviction of George Stinney Jr., in a ruling his trial was marred by “fundamental Constitutional violations of due process.” In fact, the 14-year-old black boy’s “trial” was a total sham. Stinney was blamed for the murders of two young whit[...]

December 17th, 2014 - 3:35 pm § in Misc.

Rebels declare ceasefire in Colombia’s 50-year civil war

This is certainly a big day for foreign policy news! Marxist FARC rebels have declared an “indefinite” cease-fire in Colombia’s civil war that has been raging since 1964. The government, however, seems reluctant to negotiate. I’m not personall[...]

December 17th, 2014 - 3:11 pm § in Misc.

Why Reagan won’t get on $20 bills

I’m not sure what you’ve gotta do to get your picture on our money. It helps to be a dead president; 9 of the people on the 12 denominations of U.S. paper currency are dead presidents. Two others are dead treasury secretaries. The odd man out is Benjamin Franklin, whose biggest claim to [...]

December 17th, 2014 - 3:03 pm § in Misc.

CUBA: State newssite is slow….

Top story on Granma: Machado Ventura praises sugar harvest progress at Mayabeque mill During a meeting with directors and workers at the Boris Luis Santa Coloma mill, José Ramón Machado Ventura praises progress made in the sugar harvest in Mayabeque[...]

December 17th, 2014 - 2:50 pm § in Misc.

Republican HYPOCRISY

High-Ranking McCain Staffer Lobbied For Repeal Of Cuba Sanctions Talking Points Memo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics Read More: John McCain Cuba, Mccain Staffer Cuba Lobby, John Green Mcccain Staffer, Mccain Staffer Cuba, John Mccain Cuba Sanctions, Mccain Cuba Sanctions, Politics News A high-ranking[...]

December 17th, 2014 - 1:45 pm § in Misc.

Obama Putin, The Chess Match

Russia begins mobilizing leftover reserves to save ruble The Russian Finance Ministry has begun selling its leftover currency reserves on the market, the ministry’s press office said Wednesday. Putin holds late-night talks on Ukraine with European leaders Russia’s President Vladimir Puti[...]

December 17th, 2014 - 1:37 pm § in America

Republicans Riot Over Recognition, I am Shocked, Shocked

Apparently the Republican Party does not realize that young Cubano Americans  want to normalize relations with Cuba: They also do not appreciate how much MONEY corporate America expects to make from Cuba as a customer: MEANWHILE THE CACOPHONY Washington – Marco Rubio Pledges To Block Efforts [...]