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July 18th, 2024 - 8:14 pm § in America, Economics, Politics, Republicans

Why the GOP deserves to be called the “forced birth party”

Chuck Winder (photo, left; profile here) is a prominent Idaho GOP politician and real estate broker. Not long ago he said, “We complain that we don’t have enough service workers, we don’t have enough of this, we don’t have enough people to do this. Well, I think there’s a reason, it’s no[...]

July 18th, 2024 - 3:48 pm § in Biden, News Media, Politics, Republicans, Schools & Colleges

True or False: Did Biden “open our borders” to fentanyl smugglers?

There are three basic kinds of facts: Real facts, legal facts, and political facts. “Real facts,” as the term implies, are reality. “Legal facts” are the pictures lawyers paint to juries, which may bear little or no resemblance to reality. “Political facts” are wh[...]

July 18th, 2024 - 1:45 am § in Misc.

Seattle cop fired for wisecracks about pedestrian’s death

Jaahnavi Kandula, 23, a graduate student from India, was killed in a crosswalk by a speeding Seattle police vehicle on January 23, 2023. See details of the incident here. One of the police officers dispatched to the accident scene, Daniel Auderer, mocked Kandula as a person whose life had “lim[...]

July 17th, 2024 - 6:53 pm § in Misc.

The Star Spangled Banner by a drunk singer (video)

Our national anthem is a challenge even for great singers. Country singer Ingrid Andress was drunk when she sang at the MLB Home Run Derby on Tuesday, July 17, 2024 (read story here). Yes, it’s cringy. If you have the stomach for it, watch and listen to the video below. Return to The-Ave.US Ho[...]

July 17th, 2024 - 6:13 pm § in Misc.

Who pushed who? Don’t believe the GOP congressman

I’d lay bets that Rep. Derrick Van Orden (R-WI), the man with the big mouth in the photo at left, pushed Code Pink protester Nour Jaghama, the little woman in the photo below, and not the other way around. The former Navy SEAL is a big guy. She’s a little woman. Moreover, Van Orden has [[...]

July 16th, 2024 - 7:47 pm § in Law and Courts

Whose child is this?

In September 2019, an American raid left an Afghan farmer and several of his children dead, but an injured infant survived (read story here). This young girl was still in Afghanistan when a Marine officer, who served there, and his wife persuaded a rural Virginia judge to give the girl to them with [...]

July 16th, 2024 - 6:34 pm § in Democrats, Law and Courts, Politics

Democratic senator convicted of corruption

A jury convicted Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), 70, of “bribery, acting as a foreign agent and a slew of other charges,” The Hill reported on Tuesday, July 16, 2024 (read story here). The charges involved, among other things, undisclosed gifts from a donor. Menendez (photo, left) brushed asi[...]

July 16th, 2024 - 6:00 pm § in Donald Trump, Law and Courts

Prosecutor faces ethics charges over edited videos of protesters

On January 20, 2017, the day Trump was inaugurated, Washington D.C. police “kettled” 230 protesters (photo below) and hauled them off to jail. Four years later, D.C. settled related lawsuits for $1.6 million (see story here). Initially, an assistant U.S. attorney brought felony rioting c[...]

July 16th, 2024 - 4:07 pm § in Donald Trump, Law and Courts, Politics, Republicans

Trump picks Vance; judge nukes Mar-a-Lago case. Will this fly?

It’s hard to see what Trump’s pick brings to the ticket. Vance isn’t popular with the MAGA base, with many calling him a “RINO” (see story here), while critics at the other end of the political spectrum view him as a toady (“he’ll do what Pence wouldn’t,” see story here). The big[...]

July 16th, 2024 - 12:31 pm § in Democrats, Politics, Republicans

New poll on WA gov race is what you’d expect

About a week ago, I asked rhetorically, “Can Dave Reichert get 45%?” And answered, “Don’t bet on it.” (See my posting here.) Now we have a poll to give us a glimpse of  how things are going as we approach the primary. About as I expected: Bob Ferguson will be our next [...]