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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.

December 17th, 2014 - 1:37 pm § in America

Republicans Riot Over Recognition, I am Shocked, Shocked


Apparently the Republican Party does not realize that young Cubano Americans  want to normalize relations with Cuba:

They also do not appreciate how much MONEY corporate America expects to make from Cuba as a customer:


Washington – Marco Rubio Pledges To Block Efforts To Normalize Cuba Relations

Rubio said on Wednesday he would “make every effort” to block moves by President Barack Obama toward normalizing… Read More »

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said he supports Rubio’s views. “I think he knows more about this than almost anybody in the Senate, if not everybody in the Senate, and I wouldn’t differ with his characterization,” he said in a previously scheduled interview with The Associated Press.

Osvaldo Hernandez, a 50-year-old orthopedic technician who left Cuba on a raft with 13 others in 1995, wondered why the president didn’t use the military to recover Gross.

“Why didn’t they send in the SEALS, like they’ve done in so many other

countries?” he asked.

Sen. Ted Cruz  demanded to know why Obama “completely omitted” The Cuban Missile Crisis — a 13-day confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union in 1962 — from his remarks announcing the new policy and suggested that Obama “is angry at this last election, he’s angry of the tidal wave against Harry Reid.” “There’s no doubt that this is a unilateral president who is exhibiting right now anger and defiance towards the American people,” .

Jeb Bush, potential presidential contender, opposes Obama …

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, who is also considering a presidential run, tweeted “this is an incredibly bad idea.”

House Speaker John Boehner also hammered Obama’s foreign policy, rebuking the President for “another in a long line of mindless concessions to a dictatorship that brutalizes its people and schemes with our enemies.”

Tennessee GOP Sen. Bob Corker, who will take control of the foreign relations panel next year, said lawmakers “will be closely examining the implications of these major policy changes in the next Congress.”

Leading Republicans reacted with outrage Wednesday over the Obama administration’s move to normalize relations with Cuba, with some casting it as appeasement and the product of extortion by the communist Castro government.

Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, another Cuban-American Republican from Florida, said he welcomed Gross’s release even as he blasted President Barack Obama as the “Appeaser-in-Chief.”

“President Obama’s decision to allow the Castro regime to blackmail the United States and abandon our pro-democracy principles is an outrage,” he said in a statement. “These changes to policy will further embolden the Cuban dictatorship to continue brutalizing and oppressing its own people as well as other anti-American dictatorship and terrorist organizations.”

Obama is continuing to push back hard against John McCain’s foreign policy attacks. In a interview with Wolf Blitzer this evening, Barack called the Arizona’s senator approach to Cuba “extraordinarily naive.”

December 18th, 2014 - 10:01 am § in Misc.

Howm many Americans are gay? ……..or say they are gay?

Survey reveals less than 3 percent of U.S. adults belong to LGBT community   Washington, Dec 18 : A new survey has revealed that less than percent of the adult U. S. population is a sexual minority, as they belong to LGBT community. According to federal government’s report that asked peop[...]

December 18th, 2014 - 9:46 am § in Misc.

Jimmy Carter “proud and grateful” for Obama’s efforts to restore ties with Cuba

President Jimmy Carter  said Thursday on MSNBC that the best way to bring democracy to Cubans is to let Americans “go there and trade and invest.” Carter says that will show Cubans that Americans are “not the enemy.”  [...]

December 18th, 2014 - 4:15 am § in America, Politics, Religion

How White Men Count Coup. Part 2.

The Swifts Find Wives A few months ago I related the odd story of Will and Tom Swift, twin brothers greatly divided by the effects of their father’s death. Will became “The Great Avenger,” determined to kill as many Indians as he could in revenge for the death of father Swift at the hands of [...]

December 17th, 2014 - 10:40 pm § in Misc.

I-594 Protest Speaker Was Bundy Ranch ‘Human Shield’ Advocate

Last Saturday, a few dozen “gun rights” supporters gathered in Olympia to protest I-594, the background check initiative passed by Washington voters last month. The crowd included members of the self-described “Lightfoot Militia,” a private paramilitary group based in Hayden[...]

December 17th, 2014 - 5:20 pm § in Misc.

Republican Legal Thug Says CIA Perps Could be Charged

  John Yoo: If the Torture Report Is True, CIA Officers Are at Legal Risk By Conor Friedersdorf A surprising admission by an attorney who was instrumental in enabling the Bush Administration’s brutal interrogation practices[...]

December 17th, 2014 - 4:06 pm § in Racism

George Stinney Jr. was lynched by South Carolina

A judge has vacated the 1944 conviction of George Stinney Jr., in a ruling his trial was marred by “fundamental Constitutional violations of due process.” In fact, the 14-year-old black boy’s “trial” was a total sham. Stinney was blamed for the murders of two young whit[...]

December 17th, 2014 - 3:35 pm § in Misc.

Rebels declare ceasefire in Colombia’s 50-year civil war

This is certainly a big day for foreign policy news! Marxist FARC rebels have declared an “indefinite” cease-fire in Colombia’s civil war that has been raging since 1964. The government, however, seems reluctant to negotiate. I’m not personall[...]

December 17th, 2014 - 3:11 pm § in Misc.

Why Reagan won’t get on $20 bills

I’m not sure what you’ve gotta do to get your picture on our money. It helps to be a dead president; 9 of the people on the 12 denominations of U.S. paper currency are dead presidents. Two others are dead treasury secretaries. The odd man out is Benjamin Franklin, whose biggest claim to [...]