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’

June 30th, 2014 - 12:41 am § in America, South Carolina

South Carolina: Is there hope?

BBQ SC 1Poll shows SC Gov. Nikki Haley with narrow lead over challenger Haley campaign spokesman Rob Godfrey said the poll was a ploy for campaign donations for Sheheen. The poll, run by a pro Democratic group, asked two questions as well as asking about the race for governor: “Does Nikki Haley’s refusa[...]

June 24th, 2014 - 9:08 am § in Misc.

Gun Raffles Spread: From South Carolina to New York and Now WASTATE

Former Redskins Player Running for Office Hopes to Sway Voters with Gun Giveaway Sunday, I wrote about the KKK in my sister’s home state of South Carolina, one huge reason I am glad not to live there.  Well, maybe I misjudged, fetid politics from the confederacy seems to be spilling over to m[...]

June 22nd, 2014 - 12:22 pm § in Misc.

SUNDAY REVELATIONS: … Using God In the Immigrant Crisis

So now the Tea Party want to prevent the US Government from providing access to religion for internees at the border? Their argument is demonic:  First they insist on militarizing the border so no one can sneak in.  Then they block any form of reform so that sneaking in is the only route for many.[...]

June 20th, 2014 - 12:41 am § in America, political correctness


palin with gun in peignoirResearchers from the University of Alaska–Anchorage are installing pregnancy test dispensers in the women’s restrooms in bars and restaurants in remote communities in Alaska.  The goal is to avert fetal alcohol syndrome.  Of course, the obvious next on will be to require women to show the tes[...]

June 11th, 2014 - 12:10 pm § in political correctness, politics, Religion

BREAKING NEWS: Why Cantor lost and what it means for WASTATE,

Plausible reason Cantor lost: 1. His (tentative) support for immigration reform. 2. His position as the GOPs show Jew, the only Jew in an otherwise 100% solidly Christian party (if we include Muslims Mormons) in Congress,  made him a target. 3.  Folks in Virginia felt that Cantor was a showboat, n[...]

June 4th, 2014 - 4:37 am § in Academic Standards, America, politics, Schools & Colleges

2:1 Bias in 2014 Choices of Commencement Speakers

                                                                 House:  Democrats:  8, Republicans: 5                                                                  Se[...]

May 30th, 2014 - 8:16 am § in America

What Real Republicans Need!


May 25th, 2014 - 4:42 am § in Hypocrisy, politics

New Laws From Oklahoma

 House Bill 1060 declares Oklahoma laws superior to foreign laws. Tucked within: “No court or arbitrator shall interpret this section to limit the right of any person to the free exercise of religion as guaranteed by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and by the Constitution [...]

May 19th, 2014 - 9:32 am § in Misc.

BREAKING NEWS: Republican Candidate Runs to the Left?

Last Friday Michelle Darnell, 44, a paralegal in Kirkland who works on foreclosure cases for people who are losing their homes, filed to challenge state Rep. Cyrus Habib (D-48, Kirkland) for the state senate  seat being vacated by Rodney Tom, the maverick, conservative Democrat who turned control o[...]