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’

March 20th, 2015 - 11:08 am § in Politics

Would you like Freedom Fries with your Chik-fil-A sandwich?

America is so polarized even food has partisan loyalties now. Back in 2012, the fundie conservative CEO of Chik-fil-A, a sandwich chain, made a splash with his anti-gay-marriage views. Since then, House Republicans have ramped up their spending on Chik-fil-A sandwiches from $345 to $13,000. (From Da[...]

March 20th, 2015 - 9:58 am § in Politics, USA

How America’s minority party rules over the majority of its people

One word: Gerrymandering. The math is complicated, but the end result is not. Conservatives enjoy a political grip on American society far out of proportion to their actual numbers in the population. There are several reasons for this: 1. The Constitution gives each state the same number of Senators[...]

March 17th, 2015 - 1:55 pm § in Politics

BREAKING — GOP Hunk Resigns From Congress Amid Ethics Scandal

Illinois congressman Aaron Schock, a Republican accused of paying for his lavish lifestyle with campaign donations and taxpayer funds, will resign from Congress this month, CNN reported today. Schock is the second Republican to resign from Congress since last fall’s elections. In December, Rep[...]

March 16th, 2015 - 2:44 pm § in Politics

South Carolina grows ’em crazy

What kind of state produces people like this? Do they have an education system there? Did they close their mental hospitals and turn the patients loose?[...]

March 16th, 2015 - 10:08 am § in Politics, USA

The coming federal budget fight

This spring and summer, Congress must wrestle again with issues of military and entitlement spending, deficits, austerity, sequesters, debt ceiling, government shutdown and default, the GOP’s hatred of Obamacare and Obama’s immigration policies, and its burning desire to get Keystone XL [...]

March 15th, 2015 - 9:46 pm § in Misc.

Pennsylvania legislature failed to ban live pigeon shoots again

The scenes are awful. So-called “sportsmen,” not content to knock down clay pigeons, blow real live birds released from cages to smithereens. The carcasses — some just wounded and still struggling — pile up like trash in a landfill. It’s hard to believe anyone participa[...]

March 14th, 2015 - 8:07 pm § in Politics

Why the GOP’s vigilante approach to guarding our schools can’t work

Some Republicans have proposed using armed volunteers to guard public schools.  [...]

March 14th, 2015 - 7:30 pm § in Politics

A war hero turns to politics

One of these men is president; the other wants to be. Huffington Post previously said Dakota Meyer’s tweets “usually are nonpolitical,” but reported in 2013 that he wants to run for Congress in 2016 and president in 2024 (when he’ll turn 36). That’s pretty ambitious fo[...]

March 13th, 2015 - 2:21 am § in Middle East, Politics

Did Netanyahu un-elect himself?

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu may have outsmarted himself, and his Republican hosts may have facilitated his political self-destruction, with their ill-considered and widely panned gambit of trying to undercut President Obama’s Iran policy by bringing in a foreign leader to attack [...]

March 9th, 2015 - 2:27 pm § in Politics

Florida DEP employees ordered to not speak of “climate change”

“Officials with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), the agency in charge of setting conservation policy and enforcing environmental laws in the state, issued directives in 2011 barring thousands of employees from using the phrases ‘climate change’ and ‘[...]