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.

Archive for January 13th, 2011

January 13th, 2011 - 9:44 pm § in America

Adventures in Ipad Land

Could not get the email app to synch with my Gmail contacts. Called Applke support, no real help;.  They told me I could only do this is I installed iTunes on my PC. So, I went to the Apple Store to talk with a genius. Guess what?  The only way Apple has of synching Google […][...]

January 13th, 2011 - 7:15 pm § in Uncategorized

College Commits Student to Mental Ward

I might dismiss this as a fairy tale except, I once mentored a UW student, also a foreign student, who went through a similar ordeal. In his case. the Konlk County Mental Health social workers reprimanded the UW for their mistreatment of my student. My student was Chinese and I had a hard time convi[...]

January 13th, 2011 - 1:27 pm § in Misc.

The Atlantic: Harem Huskies, the Hazards of Duke Athletics

Some years ago my family and I happened to sit at Sunday brunch next to a table where a covey or Husky cheerleaders were being used to woo a potential football player.  I was younger then and .. to do full disclusre … found the experience extremely arousing.   My more mature faculties, howe[...]

January 13th, 2011 - 6:41 am § in Misc.

Sunday Revelations: Speculating on Jesus in Star Trek

Q The main antagonist of Star Trek: The Next Generation was the godlike Q. Q always meddled in the affairs of Captain Picard and his crew, using his almost omnipotent powers to entertain himself. If Jesus was in Star Trek it would be interesting to see the interactions between the godlike Q and God [...]