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.

September 30th, 2014 - 6:42 pm § in America, Schools & Colleges, Science, The Ave Scene, Washington State

THE Ave Challenge: Who will get the call from Stockholm next Sunday night.


THE-Ave.US Challenge: who is going to win the Nobel?


Next Sunday night (US time), about 9 AM Monday Stockholm time, the Karolinska is going to wake up one to three biologists and announce they have won the  Nobel Prize.

Thompson Reuters has their list based on citation, I call this hokey.

 I have added some UW names I think may want to wait for the phone call.

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September 30th, 2014 - 4:11 pm § in bad cities and towns, legal abuse, Police abuse

A Job For Jenny Durkan

Jenny Durkan, the current U.S. Attorney for Western Washington, appears to be a serious candidate to replace Eric Holder as Attorney General.  If she gets the nod, and I hope she will, one of her first and top priorities should be cleaning up St. Louis County, which recent news coverage has reveale[...]

September 30th, 2014 - 1:32 am § in The Ave Scene

Celebrate 100th Anniversary of Fishermen’s Terminal

100 Years for The Seattle Fishing Fleet! Anyone who watches reality TV knows that the fish and crab are caught off of Alaska.  What the couch potatoes do not know is that the fleet of intrepid fisher folk has its home base in Seattle at Fishermen’s Terminal. Before the  Lake Washington Ship [...]

September 29th, 2014 - 7:29 am § in Bad States, China

CHINA: Is Democracy Possible?

  Thousands at HK democracy protests Thousands protected by umbrellas gather outside government headquarters in central Hong Kong as Occupy Central launches a disobedience campaign seeking greater reform.  The Chinese government in Beijing has refused to allow residents of HK to choose the candida[...]

September 28th, 2014 - 9:19 am § in Bad States, China, Hypocrisy, Law, Lying Politicians

CHINA: Controlling the media

Police, Pro-Democracy Protesters Clash On Busy Road… Tens Of Thousands Of Protesters, Dozens Of Arrests… Police Lob Tear Gas… Students Start Rally… Occupy Joins In… Beijing: ‘Illegal’… FLASHBACK: China Clamps Down On Hong Kong Democracy… Activist[...]

September 27th, 2014 - 9:42 am § in Academic Standards, America, Schools & Colleges

Shall We End Tenure?

AAUP cross postThe President of the UW AAUP, Rob Wood,  addressed the non tenure issues at UWB and UWT as a labor issue.  (see below) I suggest that he is missing the point. There are two critical questions :   1. Are UWB and UWT vocational schools or research campuses?  Despite the quality of faculty at[...]

September 30th, 2014 - 7:55 pm § in Misc.

CHINA: Xinhua reporting during the Hong Kong demonstrations

chinaChina celebrates 65th anniversary • Chinese ship sinks off southwestern Japan • World’s stability, prosperity inseparable from China’s development: Lao official • CPC to convene key meeting on rule of law Oct. 20-23 • Chinese premier vows better institutional environment, IPR pro[...]

September 30th, 2014 - 6:06 pm § in Schools & Colleges

Student Debt

This past April, facing the prospect of three 20-page papers due in the same week, Indiana University East student Harmony Glenn had a panic attack in the school library. “I couldn’t breathe, and my chest felt tight,” she said. “I was asking myself, ‘Do I push forward…or do I cut my loss[...]

September 30th, 2014 - 3:18 pm § in Police abuse

Support Your Local Police, Referees, And Umpires — When They’re Right

This is a companion piece to my article, “Did NFL Referees Discriminate Against Muslim Player?,” in which I pointed out that NFL referees must “adhere to a very high standard of unbiased and accurate officiating.  Make a wrong call and coaches, players, and millions of fans will [...]

September 30th, 2014 - 10:21 am § in Bigots, Hypocrisy, Religion

Did NFL Referees Discriminate Against Muslim Player?

If your name is Tim Tebow, and you’re a Christian, and you drop to one knee in prayer after a big play — no flags.  But if your name is Husein Abdullah, and you’re a Muslim, and you drop to both knees in prayer after a big play — flags.  This isn’t a case of […[...]

September 30th, 2014 - 3:29 am § in America, Economy, Hypocrisy

Larry Ellison Buys Lanai

‘At the end of the day, Mr. Ellison can do what he wants. He asks for input but that’s like me asking for input on what to do with my backyard. I own my backyard.’ a serf resident of Duke Mr. Ellison’s new island. Readmore[...]

September 29th, 2014 - 7:50 pm § in Censorship, Schools & Colleges

A history lesson for those obtuse Colorado school board members

Somebody ought to enlarge and mount these photos, take them to a school board meeting, set them up on easels, then explain to the board members that the purpose of teaching real history is not to tear America down but make it better.[...]