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 23rd, 2014 - 1:30 am § in Bad States, Economy, Hypocrisy, The Ave Scene

WASTATE IS NUMBER ONE! … in unfair taxes


September 22nd, 2014 - 8:50 am § in Bad States, Disasters, Humor, Hypocrisy

World Cup Will Not Be In Islamic State

2022 World Cup Will Not Be In Qatar … FIFA BLAMES WEATHER   BERLIN, Sept 22 (Reuters) – The 2022 World Cup will not be held in Qatar because of the scorching temperatures in the Middle East country, FIFA Executive Committee member Theo Zwanziger said on Monday.  “I personally thi[...]

September 21st, 2014 - 9:08 pm § in Campaign Smears, Lying Politicians, Politics

GOP candidate accuses Bush family of financing terrorism

This is complicated, so bear with me. GOP Senate candidate David Perdue is locked in a dead heat with his Democratic opponent, Michelle Nunn, daughter of retired Sen. Sam Nunn.  So the desperate Perdue camp has decided to hit below the belt.  It’s running ads claiming a foundation once co-ma[...]

September 21st, 2014 - 3:47 pm § in The Ave Scene

THE Ave Scene: Where to eat!

Nate’s Wings and Waffles in the same location at 9261 57th Ave S.  A collaboration between Happy Grillmore’s Darren McGill and restauranteur Marcus Lalario (Li’l Woody’s)  is opening, The Ave’s own Husky basketball star, Anthony Washington.  is part of the at the new[...]

September 21st, 2014 - 1:32 am § in Misc.

SUNDAY REVELATIONS: Seattle’s Mega Church Implodes

Seattle’s Mars Hill Church, announced  the closing of three locations and warned that another would be closed if donations fail to increase. The church also laid off around 40 of their 100 church staff, including several pastors who had expressed public disagreement with church leaders. The membe[...]

September 19th, 2014 - 3:50 pm § in America, Politics, politics

Cultural Analysis of African American males. Intro

anthony 3 posteredAlthough African Americans are not in control of structural barriers like racial discrimination, and lack of employment opportunities, we are in control of certain aspects of our culture.  It is vital to identify what aspects of our culture are hindering our progress as a community. Athletics, musi[...]

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 22nd, 2014 - 1:48 pm § in Politics, USA

Can we trust Georgia’s voters?

I have serious doubts, although it’s not hopeless. After all, Georgia has a disreputable history as a state that supported slavery, seceded from the Union and fought for the Confederacy, and whose body count from racial lynchings is exceeded only by Mississippi’s.  More recently, Georgi[...]

September 22nd, 2014 - 12:21 pm § in Misc.

The Dems have an image problem. How can they fix it?

Let’s save the Democratic Party — by holding corporate Dems accountable Legislature’s turn to raise minimum wage Standing Against Forelcosure & Eviction Network Glenn Greenwald in Seattle June 14, 2014 Robert Poteat on War and Debt New Gingrich to huckster for McMorris Rodgers Conservative[...]

September 22nd, 2014 - 12:10 pm § in Misc.

Apple sells 10,000,000 phones with old technology!

(Reuters) – Apple Inc said it sold a record 10 million iPhones in the first weekend after its new, larger phone models went on sale in 10 countries on Friday.[...]

September 22nd, 2014 - 9:25 am § in America, Hypocrisy, political correctness

Hypocrisy: Leonardo DiCaprio may not have nabbed any of the four Oscars for which he’s been nominated, but his work to protect the environment earned him a prestigious Clinton Global Citizen Award Sunday night.

Really?  The Utter Hypocrisy Here is Awesome. I do not doubt that DeCaprio, an actor of some but not great talent, is investing some time .. at least that of his publicist.  However, Bill Clinton himself has made 100s of millions from his self promotional philanthropy.  Why not recognize people w[...]