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.

October 25th, 2014 - 10:43 pm § in Politics, USA

Photo ID: The New (Legal) Poll Tax


Republicans don’t want most Americans to vote.  It’s so obvious they don’t even try very hard to hide it anymore.  It’s an obvious strategy for an unpopular minority party when propaganda and lies don’t work very well anymore.  (Which was amply proven by their double losses in 2008 and 2012 to a black guy they accused of being a non-citizen, Muslim, and socialist who “pals around with terrorists.”)  So they’ve ramped up their voter suppression efforts, which may now be the GOP’s main strategy for getting and keeping political power a majority of America’s citizens are unwilling to give them.

A Paul Krugman column in today’s Seattle Times puts this in perspective.  Krugman wrote:

“[T]he political right has always been uncomfortable with democracy.  … So what’s a plutocrat to do?  One answer is propaganda ….  Another answer, with a long tradition in the United States, is to make the most of racial and ethnic divisions ….  A third answer is to make sure government programs fail …. But these strategies for protecting plutocrats from the mob are indirect and imperfect.  The obvious answer is … [d]on’t let the bottom half, or maybe even the bottom 90 percent, vote.” read more

October 25th, 2014 - 3:34 am § in America, political correctness


AAUP ICON thumbIn response to a request I have deleted the original text of this post from July 22, 2014.  The edited post follows below. Let me explain.  William Deresiewicz, former Yale Professor, author and contributor at The Nation and The New Republic, wrote a very thoughtful piece with the title used above[...]

October 24th, 2014 - 10:30 pm § in America, EU, Middle East, Politics, Religion, Russia, USA

SUNDAY REVELATION: Belief that God is essential to morality in INVERSELY proportional to national wealth.

The Pew Research Center published a survey. The results of the survey of people in 40 countries shows that  belief that God is essential to morality in INVERSELY proportional to national wealth.  [...]

October 24th, 2014 - 3:17 pm § in Americanism, Hypocrisy

Shooting Horror Pays A Halloween Visit To A Washington High School

Washington’s luck ran out today. Our state dodged the bullet (or bullets, literally) several times over the last few years when would-be school shooters were apprehended by authorities before they could act, usually because someone tipped off police.  This one wasn’t caught in time. The[...]

October 23rd, 2014 - 7:32 pm § in America, Politics, politics



October 20th, 2014 - 1:30 am § in America

KKK offers to provide hazmat suits to Americans afrAID OF African Virus

The KKK has offered to provide hazmat suits to citizens concerned that US immigration policies are letting infected Africans into America.[...]

October 25th, 2014 - 11:56 pm § in America

Book Review: Schools Don’t Teach This Version Of American History

Last month an uproar erupted in Colorado over a conservative school board’s attempt to censor U.S. history and use schools to proselytize for free-market capitalism.  Students boycotted classes, teachers staged “sick-ins,” and the community demonstrated against the board’s c[...]

October 25th, 2014 - 12:00 pm § in Misc.


Iran Hangs Woman Convicted Of Killing Alleged Rapist[...]

October 25th, 2014 - 11:10 am § in America

52 Years After Ol’ Miss Admits a Black Guy, They Cheer THEIR Black Football Players!

CharlieI post this on a Oct fall Saturday evening in 2014 while watching undefeated football teams of Ole Mis and Mississippi State just 52 years after this event. Both teams are 75% black being cheered on by the Grand Kids and Great Grand kids who once denied them. Only in America. Integrating Ole Miss: A[...]

October 25th, 2014 - 10:51 am § in Politics, Schools & Colleges, Seattle, The Ave Scene, Washington State

Ballot Recommendations: Two Sets of Similar Ideas

   Geov Parrish: This year’s general election ballots have been mailed out, and they’re…long. And complicated. Not to worry – I’m here to help. Because buried among the judicial races and “advisory vote” nonsense are some genuinely important, meaningful choices. Unlike this Augus[...]

October 25th, 2014 - 2:46 am § in Misc.

THE Ave Challenge: How much profit did Huffington Post Make Last Year?

a. 10 million b. 5 million c. 150 thousand d. broke even e. lost 6 million[...]