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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.

April 23rd, 2014 - 11:06 am § in China, Misc., USA

CHINA: As China Inc Follows in the Path Once Trod By the Birtish Navy


  Search for MH370 reveals Future Directions for Chinese Navy

The sun never sets over the British Empire.

The classic quite was almost true for the empire but
utterly true for tis Navy.  It is equally true for today’s US Navy.
This article by Reuters points out want I suspect will be the next big thing for China’s ascendency to world power status, foreign naval stations!  

Reuters  “When Chinese naval supply vessel Qiandaohu entered Australia’s Albany Port this month to replenish Chinese warships helping search for a missing Malaysian airliner, it highlighted a strategic headache for Beijing – its lack of offshore bases and friendly ports to call on.”

The need to support  18 warships, coastguard vessels, a civilian cargo ship and an Antarctic icebreaker exceeded China’s abilities to act beyond its coastal waters. This is  a major issue if China is to fulfill tis stated  goal of having a fully operational blue-water navy by 2050.  Even locally, that is from the Indian Ocean ot the western part of the Pacific Oceam, the United States, Navy has full bases, not just port rights, in - Japan, Guam and Diego Garcia as well as strategic port rights in Singapore and Malaysia.

The contrast with China’s current naval efforts is stark.  China is trying to take control of the islands off of Philippines and Vietnam, “just” hundred of miles off China’s southern coast as well as controlling the eastern seas also occupied by nations .. Japan, Taiwan, and Korea that are formidable in their own rights.  In both places the US Navy stands against China supported by local ports.

The events of Australia show a gaping hole in China’s plans, one we can expect them to begin filing in the near future by negotiating for rights to bring their ships into local ports.  Already China is  funding port developments across the Indian Ocean, including Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Myanmar.  China, as a totalitarian state, is able to mingle military and commercial objectives much as the British Empire once did.  So, claims by China that these are commercial activities that will never develop into Chinese bases are naïve responses that reflect a weakness of the uS and its allies ot show the kind if ling term planning possible in China Inc.


Readmore at Reuters.

April 22nd, 2014 - 6:52 pm § in politics, Religion, South Carolina

South Carolina: A State Run By Old Fossils

South Carolina lacks an official state fossil, but has a surfeit of ex-officio fossils in its legislature. An 8-year-old girl wrote to her legislator suggesting the state adopt an official state fossil.  He introduced a bill in the legislature.  So far, so good. This shouldn’t be controversi[...]

April 22nd, 2014 - 4:51 am § in Bigots, Hypocrisy

BUCHENWALD 41: Passover in the South

On this last day of Passover 2104, there is great irony in remembering how easily Jews forget we are not just like other people able to ignore our history.   Sue Eisenfeld has written an essay on celebration of Passover during the Confederacy.  I hope her words will help  my brother and sister u[...]

April 23rd, 2014 - 9:40 am § in The Ave Scene

BREAKING NEWS: New house sales falling!

According to the US  Commerce Department, sales of new homes declined 14.5 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 384,000. That was the second straight monthly decline and the lowest rate since July 2013. New-home sales have declined 13.3 percent over the past 12 months.  [...]

April 23rd, 2014 - 7:25 am § in Psychiatry, Religion, The Ave Scene

An End of Passover Letter to Hugh Schwartz, Bill Quick About The Logo

Dear Hugh and Bill Happy Pesach.  I am writing to you as Passover ends about two matters I know you both care about: Israel and the misuse of the UW logo. I have written a lot her about your efforts to prevent my father’s experiences in Buchenwald, his amazing writings and pictures,  from co[...]

April 23rd, 2014 - 3:56 am § in Academic Standards, American Diversity, Schools & Colleges, The Ave Scene

AAUP: Universal Scholarships?

Untitled-1Huskies husky diploma UWLast week, over n the AAUP listserv. Robert Wood referred to an NPR article describing a program in Michigan where philanthropists in Kalamazoo fund universal college tuition. Rob asked, “Imagine if we were able to set one of these funds up statewide in Washington? How much would it cost?  [...]

April 22nd, 2014 - 5:03 pm § in Misc.

Politically Correct: Of Brandeis and Brunei

After Brandeis Reneged on an Honorary Degree to Ayan Hirsii Ali Because She  Compares Islam to Other Forms of Intolerance, Brunei Shows the True Colors of Islam Today the sultan of tiny Brunei enacted Sharia as the national law of this tiny country. Sharia will be extended to Brunei’s 40,000 Chri[...]

April 22nd, 2014 - 10:38 am § in Science, Science Denial, The Ave Scene

Liberals Can Be Hypocrites Too

As we legalize pot, we promote it as if it were a miracle medicine.[...]

April 21st, 2014 - 11:41 am § in Misc.

A Look Within The Radical Right

Below are the video and links to the transcript of the Truth Revolt panel discussion at the Freedom Center’s West Coast Retreat, held at the Terranea Resort in Palos Verdes, California from March 21-23, 2014: WARNING: If you are offended by the right extremists, do not read this or watch the video[...]