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 15th, 2014 - 10:13 am § in America, Religion

America: Where Jesus Rules

8th Circuit upholds Catholic businessman’s right to opt out of HHS mandate Frank O’Brien has no interest in what employees do in their bedrooms: ‘But when I’m forced to pay for what they do there, I am brought into their bedroom.”[...]

October 15th, 2014 - 9:29 am § in America, Hypocrisy, Ongoing Presidential Campaign, political correctness

Someone Ought to Tell Netanyahu That Obama Isn’t a Nigger

Obama s devil wi GOP elephantsWhite House fumes at PM’s ‘American values’ statement that echoes malicious rhetoric of birthers and other crazy Obama-haters. :”Just try to imagine the mortified mayhem that would break out if Obama had retorted that construction in East Jerusalem that could kill off the moribun[...]

October 11th, 2014 - 10:40 am § in America, politics

Republicans Find Another Wealthy Jew to Demonize … only this guy is dead.

The Repubricans have a new target … wealthy Jews who support Obama! Today’s target is Peter Lewis … read more.   Unfortunately for the Meme of the Repubricans, Mr. Lewis died a year ago.[...]

October 11th, 2014 - 1:23 am § in America, Americanism, The Ave Scene

Solving Ebola, South Carolina Style.

BBQ SC 1The former general counsel and executive director of the South Carolina Republican Party has a novel solutions to the Ebola epidemic . from Twitter Ebola has a strong transmission vector through health care personnel. No effective way to contain while treating. People with Ebola in the US need to be[...]

October 7th, 2014 - 6:59 pm § in Ongoing Presidential Campaign

Why a Republican can’t win in 2016

A nearly impossible electoral vote map, for one thing.  In 2012, with better candidates, the GOP ticket won only 1 more state than in 2008 — Indiana, a deep-red state Obama carried in 2008 because of voters’ disgust with Bush, whose electoral votes were a gimme for the GOP in 2012.  In[...]

September 25th, 2014 - 4:44 am § in America, Hypocrisy, politics

NEW LAWS From Oklahoma

Roger Rabbit iconHouse Bill 2170 removes “spring-type knives” from the list of prohibited weapons to carry, either on one’s person or in purses or bags. Leave pistols and revolvers (unless you have a permit); shotguns or rifles (unless you’re hunting—with a permit, of course); daggers; bowie knives; dirk [...]

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[...]