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.

  • UW

    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.

Archive for December 17th, 2010

December 17th, 2010 - 5:23 pm § in The Ave Scene

Fashions From Karachi

This is  fascinating .. fashions from an Islamic state.  Some of them are quite beautiful. I really wonder if any thing like this would be worn in America?[...]

December 17th, 2010 - 2:25 pm § in Uncategorized

Huskies Outrank Harvard!

OK .. I did not say WHICH Huskies: Published by Ricky Liu on December 17, 2010 at 10:52AM from the Harvard Crimson: CRIMSON VS. HUSKIES 2009 – Year that UConn’s men’s basketball team last made an appearance in the NCAA tournament. The Huskies have made 28 postseason appearances in the history [...]

December 17th, 2010 - 1:59 pm § in Misc.

Not so “shared governance” at WSU?

Washington State U. Defies AAUP Chapter With Budget Cuts December 17, 2010, 2:45 pm Washington State University officials have moved ahead with $13.5-million in budget cuts over the objections of that institution’s chapter of the American Association of University Professors, which protested that [...]

December 17th, 2010 - 11:51 am § in Politics, Washington State

Across the Board Salary Cuts at UW?

see other posts on budgets and governance. From: “Paul E. Jenny” <> Date: December 16, 2010 6:29:50 PM PST Subject: [Administrators_opb] Governor’s Across-the-Board Compensation Reduction for All State Employees Hello all. As you know, the Governor rele[...]

December 17th, 2010 - 11:18 am § in Politics, The Ave Scene

Fire in My Belly, Henry.

Now on view: David Wojnarowicz’s A Fire In My Belly December 16, 2010 – 9:24 pm  from HANKBLOG The National Portrait Gallery, part of the Smithsonian Institution, has been the site of controversy since December 1, when museum officials responded to political pressures and removed a film by the[...]