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 March, 2011

March 30th, 2011 - 9:45 am § in Schools & Colleges

NADER ,,Taming the Beast!

WASHINGTON — Consumer advocate Ralph Nader is calling for the elimination of college athletic scholarships, saying the move is necessary to “de-professionalize” college athletes. “As we near the exciting conclusion of `March Madness’ – which would more accurately be descr[...]

March 30th, 2011 - 9:25 am § in America

Sweeping Layoffs Will Improve Education?

By SAM DILLON, NY Times School authorities across the nation are warning thousands of teachers that they could lose their jobs in June, raising the possibility that America’s public schools may see the most extensive layoffs of their teaching staffs in decades. Though many of the warnings may not [...]

March 30th, 2011 - 6:47 am § in America, Politics, politics, USA

BECK … a petition

FROM BLATHERWATCH. If you want to hear Glenn Beck’s violent, paranoid rants, tune in every weekday from 6 am to 9 am on Seattle’s KTTH AM 770 — or the 8 other radio stations in Washington that broadcast Beck. Maybe that’s one of the places that Charlie Wilson, who was arrested la[...]

March 30th, 2011 - 1:18 am § in Uncategorized

Scams: Invite to China

Received in my email.  Note, no plans to pay my way!  I go, pay them to talk! Someone must bite, I get a couple of these every week!  Please feel free to respond for yourself, just don;t use my name! BIT’s 9th Annual Congress of International Drug Discovery Science and Technology (IDDST) Theme:[...]

March 29th, 2011 - 4:05 pm § in Uncategorized

Pritzker Prize

Eduardo Souto de Moura wins 2011 Pritzker Prize for Architecture.   More images here:[...]

March 29th, 2011 - 1:03 pm § in America, Schools & Colleges

Recruiting in China Pays Off for U.S. Colleges

By JACQUES STEINBERG, excerpted from NY Times Dozens of American colleges and universities are seeing a surge in applications (and similar brochures) from students in China, where a booming economy means that more families can pursue the dream of an American higher education. read more. By Karin Fis[...]

March 29th, 2011 - 7:32 am § in Misc.

Is The Japanese Nuclear Debacle a Secret War on the US?

from the Seattle Examiner Independent scientist Leuren Moret in an exclusive March 27, 2011 interview with Alfred Lambremont Webre has stated that the west coasts of the United States and Canada, Mexico, and Hawaii are being intentionally targeted by dangerous radiation from the March 11, 2011 tecto[...]

March 29th, 2011 - 12:49 am § in America

Local Reporter Makes it in Real Journalism, al Jazeera!

Over at Blatherwatch, Michael Hood reports on a local reporter who has made it.  Dorothy Parvaz is now in Iran working for Al Jazeera. This gig comes after being an investigative reportet for the PI.  In that role she tweaked noses enough to get on Hannity, leading to  O’Reilly to eventuall[...]

March 29th, 2011 - 12:45 am § in Hypocrisy, Politics, politics

US Uncut Organizers Missing The Big Picture

  On Saturday US Uncut’s unveiled it second largest nationwide protest.  More than forty cities joined in a day of action protesting the tax-dodging practices of massive corporations that they see as the real source of the country’s deficit.  Tired of Republican Congressmen calling for shared[...]

March 28th, 2011 - 11:21 pm § in Uncategorized

Humor: PhD Student Inherits Bad Project