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    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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    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 ‘Turkey’

May 14th, 2015 - 8:49 am § in Middle East, Politics

Turkish President teetering on insanity?

  DAILY BEAST: Turks Are Wondering if Their President Is Insane After 12 years in power with unprecedented economic success and a replacement oif military with civil authority, Turks are worried that  Erdogan, 61, is teetering over the precipice of megalomania. ” The Turkish constitution s[...]

May 7th, 2015 - 10:01 am § in Middle East, Politics

BREAKING NEWS: Turkey and Saudi Arabia Alliance

The two major forces in the history of Islam have been Arabia and Turkey.  Islam arose in Arabia, in less than a decade conquered a world bigger than the Roman Empire and centuries later was deposed by the Turks. The succession of the prophet, the appointment of a Caliph as leader of Islam,  move[...]

November 29th, 2014 - 11:30 am § in Middle East, Politics

ISIS Launches Attack On Syria’s Kobani From Turkey

BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group launched an attack Saturday on the Syrian border town of Kobani from Turkey, a Kurdish official and activists said, although Turkey denied that the fighters had used its territory for the raid. The assault began when a suicide bomber driving an armored vehicle[...]

October 14th, 2014 - 7:39 am § in Middle East, Politics

Why Turkey Is Not Boots on The Ground Against DAISH*

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The AP reports that Turkey is using its air force against Kurdish rebels inside Turkey.  Turkey is a prosperous NATO ally that has nevertheless so far sat back and watched DAISH* advance in the Syrian town of Kobane,  The reason is that the extremists are doing the dirty wo[...]

October 7th, 2014 - 12:22 pm § in Middle East, Politics

Shame Falls ON Turkey

Turkish President Kisses Off Kurds Under Siege By ISIS Sadly for the Kurds they did not get their own country when the Ottoman Empire was split up after WWI.  What ought to be Kurdistan became part of the Soviet Union. Iraq, and Iran.. and of course Turkey. Now the  town of Kobani is about to [&he[...]

June 30th, 2014 - 8:00 am § in Uncategorized

UPDATE: BREAKING NEWS: Israel Prepared to Recognize a Kurdish Republic

An Ancient Tie May Change the Middle East. 6/30/2014 Israeli leader calls for independent Kurdistan TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Seizing on the mayhem in Iraq, Israel’s prime minister on Sunday called for the establishment of an independent Kurdistan as part of a broader alliance with moderate fo[...]

June 22nd, 2014 - 1:04 am § in Politics, Religion

A New Muslim Face Looks to Israel

Will “Kurdistan” Emerge as A New Force for Peace Between  Israel and Palestine?     Remember Saladin? The great conqueror of the Crusaders was a Kurd.  Maimonides, the greatest Jewish Rabbi, was an adviser and physician to Saladin. While Sadam Hussein’s rule was limited by A[...]

August 2nd, 2013 - 4:58 am § in Politics

An Iranian View of the Syrian Rebels

Click the image to read Iran’s view. Who lost Syria?  This may seem contrarian, but … the Iranian view is not all that different from other views of the revels as comprised of Taliban style radicals.  Of course, Hazbolla hs no better and it is Hezbollah, backed by Iran that is fighting[...]

May 5th, 2013 - 1:16 pm § in Misc.

Where is Turkey?

ISRAEL STRIKES AGAIN When will Turkey butt in?[...]

September 19th, 2011 - 6:08 pm § in America, free speech, Hypocrisy, political correctness, Politics, politics, Religion

ACADEME: Note to Rick Perry: The US National Academy is Full of Liberals!

Turkish Academy of Sciences to Lose Its Independence The decree, issued on 27th August, which was just after the start of a nine-day holiday in Turkey, says that one-third of the members of the academy will now be appointed by the government and a further one-third by the Council of Higher Education[...]