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.

April 17th, 2015 - 8:39 am § in Misc.

North Charleston, South Carolina .. the OTHER story

This is also the town that enticed Boeing to build a plant there to avoid paying union wages.

This town north of Charleston SC has recently become famous for the murder by a policeman of an unarmed black man trying to run away. The Mayor (a white man in a city where the largest ethnic group is Black) has served for 21 years and got praised .. after a passerby released a video of the event .. for firing the cop and charging him with murder.  Meanwhile the police force is 75% white and has had a number of similar episodes of police violence against Blacks folks.

BUT THERE IS WORSE …..  BOEING is part of the North Charleston cabal,

This is also the town that enticed Boeing to build a plant there to avoid paying union wages.   … Putting this another way, Boeing outsourced its jobs from Seattle to South Carolina.  This is nothing new.  When I was a kid, manufacturers outsourced the textile industry from New England to the former Confederacy.  Then the jobs went to China.  Is South Carolina  a way station on a train that takes American Jobs to China?

Well we may soon know.  Boeing, aided and abetted by the same well established  system that has elected North Charleston’s white mayor and white city council, as well as by the State government, is campaigning against an effort to unionize the workers in North Charleston.  Of course the establishment meme is .. these jobs too may go to China.



April 17th, 2015 - 7:38 am § in Misc.

When cities prohibit feeding the homeless, do “religious freedom” laws override those ordinances?

Here’s an interesting question. When two laws conflict, which should courts give precedence to? A state “religious freedom” law, or a municipal ordinance that interferes with a citizen’s acts of religious charity? Joan Cheever is a professional chef and the founder of Chow Tr[...]

April 17th, 2015 - 7:25 am § in Misc.

ISIS and slavery

Isis militants picked who to rape in twisted ‘lottery’, according to Yazidi sex slaves Human Rights Watch report finds Isis is committing widespread, organised and systematic rape and sexual abuse[...]

April 17th, 2015 - 11:03 pm § in The Ave Scene

DAVID PRESTON: “Darling Leader”wants to raise King County taxes so government can get its hooks into our kids

Preston David 2 2. “Revenue raised by the levy would also provide mental health screenings for all kids in King County, increase funding for programs that prevent homelessness, and provide universal access to developmental screenings for infants, among ot…her goals.” . Mental health screenings for [...]

April 17th, 2015 - 8:52 pm § in Misc.

Get out the crying towel!

The millionaire insurance dude who lavished gifts on a sheriff for letting him play real-life cop is complaining that he’s being “unfairly” criticized. He claims he was “qualified” to go on the streets with a badge and gun, and that killing a fleeing suspect by mistake [...]

April 17th, 2015 - 5:09 pm § in Misc.

Replace The Andy With the Eleanor?

Should Andrew Jackson Be Replaced On the $20 Bill? Recently introduced legislation would remove the controversial president from American currency.[...]

April 17th, 2015 - 4:12 pm § in Religion

Preaching murder

Pastor David Berzins of Tempe, Arizona, completely lost it with a fellow preacher who thinks gays shouldn’t be stoned to death. I think you should steer clear of Arizona, a state where preachers tell their parishioners to murder their neighbors, even if you’re not gay — somebody mi[...]

April 17th, 2015 - 3:47 pm § in Misc.

Tulsa sheriff labels lavish gifts from make-believe cop his “personal life”

Bob Bates, the millionaire make-believe cop who killed a real-life robbery suspect last week, didn’t just donate equipment to Tulsa County Sheriff Stanley Glanz’s police agency. He also managed Glanz’s 2012 campaign, was a campaign donor, and took Glanz and his high-ranking officer[...]

April 17th, 2015 - 10:19 am § in Misc.

The White House Response to Netanyahu


April 17th, 2015 - 9:58 am § in Misc.

Waking up to Radical Repugnants