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 18th, 2014 - 1:19 am § in Misc., Politics, Seattle, The Ave Scene

Have a Drink With McDermott


Happy Hour

Hilliards Brewery & Tap Room
819 5th Avenue North
Seattle, WA
Thursday, September 25th  
Suggested donation $25
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September 17th, 2014 - 9:10 am § in Academic Standards, Hypocrisy, Schools & Colleges, Science, The Ave Scene

“The one thing we don’t do yet – we don’t graduate any Cougar doctors” WSU Regent Mike Worthy

Wouldnh't this make a  lot more sense and raise more money if it were built on the waterfront?    Should WASU have its own medical school? WSU Regents have voted to seek accreditation for its own medical school.  This is resulting in an  embarrassing “food fight” over a trivial sum of $24 million dollars funding from the 2015 legislative session at a time when the state budg[...]

September 17th, 2014 - 1:49 am § in Misc.

CHINA: Vietnam responds to Chinese Imperialism in South “China Sea”

east china sea DISPUTEHONG KONG (Reuters) – Vietnam will soon have a credible naval deterrent to China in the South China Sea.  China has claimed all the waters beyond the immediate coasts of Vietnam and Philippines, including using oil platforms to build structures within chains of off shore islands claimed by th[...]

September 16th, 2014 - 8:53 pm § in Law, Schools & Colleges

Beware of Investor-Run Alternative For-Profit Law Schools

Private equity firms have been investing in private, for-profit, law schools in a big way.  These “alternative” law schools (my terminology) are remarkably cheap to run, remarkably profitable, and churn out graduates with dubious employment prospects.  Bottom line:  Don’t get ca[...]

September 15th, 2014 - 1:43 pm § in Bad States, Misc.

Russia Warns Of “Unfortunate Consequences” Over Ethnic Tension In Baltic States

Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania fear Moscow will follow the Crimean model and exploit the countries’ Russian-speaking minority.  Nato ready to respond.[...]

September 15th, 2014 - 12:42 pm § in Misc.

If You Are Anticoal … BOYCOTT AUSTRALIA!

I wonder how many liberals drink fine wines from Australia and then demonstrate against UW coal exports?  Explore more visuals like this one on the web’s largest information design community – Visually.[...]

September 15th, 2014 - 10:53 am § in Misc.

Scotland Decides in One Day: The opinion polls are no help, either — they’re too close to call.

Mean time, the police are at the ready – whatever Thursday’s result Read opinions by Scots.  [...]

September 18th, 2014 - 4:45 am § in Misc.

Scots Vote On Independence


September 17th, 2014 - 5:08 pm § in Law

It’s time to honor Steve Titus with a memorial statue

Today, the city of Lubbock, Texas, dedicated a 13-foot tall bronze statue of a man who died in prison rather than confess to a crime he didn’t commit as a reminder to the community that justice is fallible. Tim Cole, who went to prison for a 1985 rape and died in 1997 at age 39 from […[...]

September 17th, 2014 - 12:53 pm § in Bad States, China, Politics

CHINA: Imperialism

Gender China Daily 2BEIJING, Sept. 11 (Xinhua) — China on Thursday urged Japan to stop all action that undermines China’s sovereignty. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying was referring to the Japanese government’s unilateral move to “nationalize” part of the Diaoyu Islands two years [...]

September 17th, 2014 - 10:42 am § in Misc.

APPLESAUCE: Nothing new

Apple Cox and Jobs iconArs Technica reviews editor Ron Amadeo, laughs at the breathess specifications that Apple included with the iPhone 6. His  graphic that’s become a hit compares the iPhone 6 to 2012’s Nexus 4, a two year old phone.  The Nexus 4 also had a 4.7-inch display with a very similar resolution to the[...]

September 17th, 2014 - 10:33 am § in Bad States, Police abuse

Another Missouri Cop Does It Again

A Missouri teenager is in a medically induced coma with brain damage after being shot in the heart with a taser by an Independence cop. The cop asserts the youth was uncooperative and combative during a traffic stop, but eyewitnesses and videos dispute that, and the FBI has initiated an excessive f[...]

September 17th, 2014 - 10:11 am § in Misc.

Can Palestine Achieve a Government Able to Make Peace?

West Bank – Senior Hamas Official: Abbas Is Afraid Of Palestinian Elections West Bank – Senior Hamas official Mahmoud Zahar said Wednesday that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas was afraid to hold elections… Read More at Voz iz Neias »[...]