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’

October 30th, 2014 - 10:47 am § in America, politics

Yes, Republicans’ Voter Conspiracy Theories Are As Weird As You Suspected

If you drill into it, many Republicans really do believe Democrats can’t win except by cheating, and they do it with noncitizen votes. From this it naturally follows that Obama is an illegitimate president, Obamacare is an illegitimate law, and our country has been taken over by foreigners. ht[...]

October 29th, 2014 - 9:42 am § in America, politics, Seattle

HALLOWEEN: The GOP’s Scientist Shortage

voteRepublican candidates used to deny climate change, but as that meme becomes harder to sustain (all you have to do is look around you), they’ve shifted gears from drive to neutral and are trying to coast over the issue. When pressed, many now resort to the noncommittal expression, “I̵[...]

October 28th, 2014 - 2:05 pm § in Politics, USA

Why Do So Many Republicans Commit Voting Fraud?

Voting fraud is rare in America. All reputable studies confirm this. So we’re speaking in relative terms. Most people, whether Democrats or Republicans, don’t vote on other people’s ballots, vote more than once, etc. But, though rare, it does occasionally happen. This article exami[...]

October 27th, 2014 - 12:08 am § in Misc.

South Carolina: Another reason to wonder if the entire state needs to be placed back in reconstruction before rejoining the Union?

BBQ SC 1This guy is pretty typical of South Carolina.   My own brother in law lives there and is pretty defensive about the place.  Did you know that the fore runner of the KKK was actually in a Jewish synagogue in Charleston?  Frankly, the Jews of that horrid culture were nothing for the rest of use t[...]

October 25th, 2014 - 10:43 pm § in Politics, USA

Photo ID: The New (Legal) Poll Tax

voteRepublicans don’t want most Americans to vote.  It’s so obvious they don’t even try very hard to hide it anymore.  It’s an obvious strategy for an unpopular minority party when propaganda and lies don’t work very well anymore.  (Which was amply proven by their double[...]

October 24th, 2014 - 10:30 pm § in America, EU, Middle East, Politics, Religion, Russia, USA

SUNDAY REVELATION: Belief that God is essential to morality in INVERSELY proportional to national wealth.

The Pew Research Center published a survey. The results of the survey of people in 40 countries shows that  belief that God is essential to morality in INVERSELY proportional to national wealth.  [...]

October 23rd, 2014 - 9:40 pm § in Politics, USA

Republican Congressman Blasts Surgeon General’s Ebola Response

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) says Obama’s Ebola czar, Ron Klain, is “off to a bad start” and thinks the Surgeon General should coordinate the response. “Why not have the surgeon general head this up?” Chaffetz asked Wednesday on Fox News. “I think that’s a very [...]

October 23rd, 2014 - 7:32 pm § in America, Politics, politics



October 23rd, 2014 - 7:22 pm § in Politics, USA

Brown-Skinned GOTV Volunteer Delivers Box Of Absentee Ballots; Crazy Arizona Republicans Go Nuts

Gotta love this story from Daily Kos, originally reported by The Daily Dot, an online newspaper based who knows where — everywhere, I guess. This story contains all the delectable elements of rightwing psychosis that make conservatives so much fun:  Paranoia, delusion, racism, love of violenc[...]