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’

February 25th, 2015 - 4:04 pm § in Hypocrisy, Politics

Whackjob congress critter urges constituents to spy on neighbors

Newly-elected congressman Glenn Grothman (R-WI), already famous for his jackassery as a state legislator, told constituents at a town hall last week to keep an eye on what their neighbors are purchasing with food stamps when they’re in the grocery store. To stop fraud, you know. I’m pret[...]

February 24th, 2015 - 8:41 pm § in Schools & Colleges

U. of North Carolina’s board closes their law school’s poverty center

Apparently poverty is spreading faster in the right-to-work state of North Carolina than the Republicans who dominate the University of North Carolina’s Board of Governors want anyone talking about. They’ve voted to put their own law school’s poverty center out of business. What wi[...]

February 24th, 2015 - 8:11 pm § in Politics

Giuliani, Foot, Mouth, Again

Expanding on his assertion that President Obama is un-American, Republican politician and unsuccessful presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani explained that Obama’s opposition to torture “undermines” our security: “But I can only be disheartened when I hear him claim, as he did[...]

February 20th, 2015 - 1:56 am § in Misc.


Kansas Secretary of State warns Obama might be promoting anti-white ‘ethnic cleansing’ The anti-immigrant Secretary of State for Kansas agreed with a caller on his radio program that a Hispanic majority might conduct “ethnic cleansing” against whites[...]

February 19th, 2015 - 11:24 pm § in Politics

Oklahoma GOP legislators seek to ban AP course and require students to read Reagan speeches instead

This is what happens when you let partisan legislators dictate public school curriculums. “The bill, authored by Oklahoma Rep. Dan Fisher, designates a total of 58 documents that “shall form the base level of academic content for all United States History courses offered in the schools in t[...]

February 19th, 2015 - 10:26 pm § in Ongoing Presidential Campaign, Politics

He’s President and you’re not, neener neener!

“I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the president loves America,” Giuliani said during the dinner at the 21 Club. Well, Mayor, America loves him more than you, because he’s President and you’re not, and that’s all I’m gonna say. Photo: Non[...]

February 17th, 2015 - 7:31 pm § in Politics, Racism

Mississippi GOP legislator blames his racist remarks on news reporter

In a remarkable tour-de-force of non-courage, a Mississippi GOP legislator whose racist remarks got him in hot water with his own fellow Republicans after he was quoted by a newspaper is trying to pass the buck to the reporter who wrote the story. State Rep. Gene Alday, R-Walls, who came under fire [...]

February 15th, 2015 - 5:07 pm § in Ongoing Presidential Campaign, Politics, USA

Radical Republicans: Debunking Rightwing Monetary Myths

Most Americans, if they’re at all religious, should get on their knees and thank God that rightwingers didn’t run America’s economic policy in the aftermath of the financial crisis and near-depression which their policies helped cause. Although our economy isn’t exactly glitt[...]

February 12th, 2015 - 5:50 pm § in Hypocrisy, Politics

Montana’s new female dress code

Yoga pants are banned, but guns will still be okay.[...]

February 12th, 2015 - 5:43 pm § in Politics, Racism

Republicans expand tactic for suppressing votes to food stamps

First you take away their right to vote, then you let ‘em starve. That’s how Republicans like to treat America’s poor (read: black) people. Photo ID laws have been so successful at keeping the poor, elderly, and minorities from voting that the GOP now wants to impose similar requi[...]