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 April 22nd, 2011

April 22nd, 2011 - 5:52 pm § in America, Hypocrisy, politics

Republicans as Racists

The Weekly has obtained a copy of an email sent to fellow conservatives this week by Marilyn Davenport, a Southern California Tea Party activist and member of the central committee of the Orange County Republican Party. Under the words, “Now you know why no birth certificate,” there&#[...]

April 22nd, 2011 - 1:43 pm § in America, political correctness

Poon Caught in Unfunny Prank

Ed. Why is this funny? It is funny to ME because the National Lampoon grew out of my college humor magazine, The Harvard Lampoon.  Only Harvards (what we call ourselves) could pull off creating a national commercial success out of a college prank pub.  Still not funny?  Well, the nationalization [...]

April 22nd, 2011 - 1:22 pm § in The Ave Scene

Dinner with Northwest’s leading Politicians …

On Thursday, April 28th, the Northwest Progressive Institute (NPI)is holding its Spring Fundraising Gala at the Community Center at Mercer View, 82346 SE 24th Street on Mercer Island (map). The reception begins at 6:30 PM and the main program begins at 7:15 PM.   This is your chance to hang out[...]

April 22nd, 2011 - 12:12 pm § in Academic Standards, Schools & Colleges

Why the “Research Paper” Isn’t Working

from Blog  U By Barbara Fister April 12, 2011 9:30 pm EDT On our panel I questioned the fetish of citation correctness, Doug Downs and ZuZu Feder examined the double standard that we impose on students (are we so careful of whether we need a colon or a comma in that part of a citation? […][...]

April 22nd, 2011 - 10:08 am § in Misc.

White Smoke Seen, UW to announce choice for president Monday

as predicted on TheAVE, white smoke can be seen rising from Husky Tower! Report from Seattle Times from Seattle Times by Katherine Long The University of Washington said today it expects to name its final choice for president on Monday. Listed on the agenda for a Monday morning meeting of the UWR[...]

April 22nd, 2011 - 9:54 am § in Misc.

URGENT Call to UW Students from MoveOn

The Briefcase Brigade Students and graduates are taking matters into their own hands to show that they’re ready for work—but the jobs just aren’t there. They want Congress to do its job by focusing on job creation. All around the country, they’re organizing themselves into “[...]

April 22nd, 2011 - 9:37 am § in Politics

Tea Party Comes to Finland

HELSINKI, Finland — There is hardly a country on the continent that has been a more steadfast supporter of the European Union than Finland. For more than 20 years, the voters here have returned the same three parties to power in various coalition governments, with few changes in policies. The True[...]

April 22nd, 2011 - 12:45 am § in Misc., politics

Mass. Treasurer offers ‘More Money’ to Mass. Businesses

from Boston Herald: Treasurer Steve Grossman wants to invest in the Commonwealth, and he has at least $100 million to spend. Grossman pitched his “Move Money” program to local bank leaders on Wednesday in an effort to increase loans to the state’s small businesses. Ed.  Here is frightening ex[...]