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’

November 28th, 2014 - 12:37 pm § in Misc.

What Climate Change?


November 27th, 2014 - 1:23 am § in America, Corporatism

HAPPY THNKSGIVING: Unless you work for WalMart

Based on story by Laura Clawson at Daily KOS ..(click image for her full text) Walmart workers are forced to rely on government assistance to make ends meet. But PR is all … Walmart is totally concerned for its “associates” .. expressing their sincerity like China’s corpora[...]

November 24th, 2014 - 9:34 am § in Misc.

Radical Republicans

I found the cartoonist choices of skin tines interesting. Is this a comment on Clarence Thomas and John Scott?[...]

November 23rd, 2014 - 3:04 pm § in Politics, USA

Senator Calls Benghazi Report ‘Crap’

“Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, doesn’t think much of a new report from the House Intelligence Committee that exonerates the administration of any alleged wrongdoing in its response to the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya. ‘I think the report is full of crap,’[...]

November 22nd, 2014 - 6:48 pm § in Politics

Seattle Times Editors Take GOP To Woodshed On Immigration Reform

The GOP’s stubborn resistance to immigration reform is so stupid and counterproductive even the rightwing Seattle Times editorial board can’t condone it. In an editorial published today the Seattle Times said, “President Obama is right to take action on the broken U.S. immigration system. The[...]

November 21st, 2014 - 9:45 pm § in Politics, USA

GOP Strategist Depressed By 2016

Despite the midterm elections, the GOP isn’t enjoying a resurgence of popularity, nor has there been any realignment of American politics. This year’s results stemmed from low turnout, lousy campaigns, and the fact many Democrats elected in red states in the 2008 wave had to face reelect[...]

November 21st, 2014 - 8:20 pm § in Politics, USA

House Benghazi Report Makes GOP’s Talking Points Go POOOF!!!

By now you’ve probably heard that a politically charged 2-year-long investigation by the GOP-chaired House Intelligence Committee has determined that “there was no intelligence failure, no delay in sending a CIA rescue team, no missed opportunity for a military rescue, and no evidence th[...]

November 19th, 2014 - 9:32 am § in China, Hypocrisy

PRESIDENT ROMNEY: Who has more billionaires? China or the US?

President Romney Congratulated President Xi Jinping ON china’s Billionaire Status BEIJING, Nov. 19 (Xinhua) — In a personal phone call to China’s President, Mr. Romney shared the good news that China has 157 billionaires as of 2013, ranking second in the number of billionaires wor[...]

November 18th, 2014 - 9:45 pm § in Politics

If lawyers refuse to represent you, maybe you don’t have a case

Roger Rabbit icon“House Republicans are hoping the third time is a charm in their effort to sue President Barack Obama over his signature health care law. After two Washington law firms backed out of earlier commitments to represent House Republicans in their legal challenge, House Speaker John Boehner hired J[...]

November 17th, 2014 - 12:19 pm § in America, Americanism

Facebook on Saul Alinsky

How to create a social state by Saul Alinsky (according to a right wing FB nut) There are eight levels of control that must be obtained before you are able to create a social state.      The first is the most important. 1) Healthcare- Control healthcare and you control the people  …̷[...]