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.

Posts Tagged ‘Republicans’

September 14th, 2014 - 4:38 am § in Misc.

Fox Commentator Angers McCain by Calling”Praise God” a Curse.

Last summer, during the debates over Syria,  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) blasted Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade for questioning members of a Syrian opposition groups’ use of the phrase “Allahu Akbar” after what Kilmeade said “looks like a fighter jet being shot out of the sky[...]

September 12th, 2014 - 9:13 am § in Misc.

Sarahy Palin Gets Drunk

Palin CruzSarah Palin family in Alaska brawl: ‘Alcohol was believed to be a factor’ Police confirm ‘verbal and physical altercation’ took place outside house party in Anchorage, where former governor was reported to have shouted: ‘Do you know who I am?’[...]

July 30th, 2014 - 3:38 am § in Hypocrisy

Rememberin Reagan Stephen, 30 years ago, President Ronald Reagan and Vice President George H.W. Bush were re-elected to the White House. Some of our country’s best years followed that moment. I remember watching with optimism as Reagan and Bush honorably protected my freedoms and defended my conservative va[...]

July 23rd, 2014 - 9:29 am § in politics, The Ave Scene


Cantwell via  9:03 AM (23 minutes ago) to me Michelle Nunn’s race is now a sprint to November. Show Michelle that you have her back.   Stephen — Something exciting happened in Georgia last night. After a bitter and divisive Republican [...]

July 21st, 2014 - 11:49 pm § in Politics, USA


(based on a report from Huff Post) By 8 to 5, workers at a Subway location in Bloomsbury, N.J., on Friday voted in favor of joining the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union. One (pro union) worker said: “I am very relieved the election is over and very proud of my co-workers for hangin[...]

July 12th, 2014 - 12:21 pm § in Misc.

Republicans Miss Bush!

Stephen, Did you order your official “I Miss W.” t-shirt? The RNC proudly created this American-made t-shirt in honor of President George W. Bush. We miss the days of good Republican leadership—and we miss President George W. Bush. This is a limited-time offer to get your t-shirt and help Repu[...]

July 7th, 2014 - 2:07 pm § in Academic Standards, America, free speech, Hypocrisy, Politics, politics, Schools & Colleges

July 4 Coup: Rick Perry to Fire UT President

In case you missed the news about “The July 4th Coup,” on Friday news outlets reported that the outgoing UT System Chancellor, Francisco Cigarroa, apparently gave UT Austin President William C. Powers Jr..  an ultimatum: quit your job by July 4, or be fired by the Regents this week. A p[...]

July 6th, 2014 - 12:26 am § in Misc.

July 4: How South Carolina BBQ Got Mentioned In The Hobby Lobby Case

BBQ SC 1Justice Ginsburg mentioned South Carolina BBQ in her minority decision referring to the Piggie Park Chain.  The owner, Maurice Bessinger said “ I want to be known as a hard-working, Christian man that loves God and wants to further (God’s) work throughout the world as I have been doing throug[...]

July 2nd, 2014 - 9:43 am § in America, Ongoing Presidential Campaign, Politics, politics

July 4: THE GOP Needs YOU!

(c) SM Schwartz Stephen, Speaker Boehner and House Republicans are suing President Obama for his unconstitutional overreach and abuse of power. This Imperial President’s unprecedented disregard for the Constitution and desire for more power has reached a new low. Obama has ignored and selectively enforced[...]