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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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    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.

April 24th, 2014 - 8:26 am § in America, American Diversity, politics

Is Clive Bundy Working for Putin?

Two Rebels

Ponomaryov, “people’s mayor” of Slaviansk,  is cagey about his Cold War military service and his business affairs, even his age, but shows greater authority over the gun-heavy separatists who have taken effective control of the entire city. Long feared by officialdom as a haven for crime gangs, Slaviansk looks like the military base camp for the pro-Russian political demands in other towns across the region.

Mayor Ponomaryov’s connection t the Soviets Russians are suspected but unknown.

Cliven Bundy, a hero to Rand Paul, owes the government more than $1 million in grazing fees. He stopped paying after the bureau ordered him to restrict the periods when his herd roamed the 600,000-acre Gold Butte area as part of an effort to protect the endangered desert tortoise.

Mr. Bundy’s connections to the Koch Bros. radicals who wish to reinstate the confederacy are suspected but not known.

Vladimir Putin denies ties to both men.

April 24th, 2014 - 7:53 am § in Misc.

Cowboy Hero Needs Slaves


April 22nd, 2014 - 6:52 pm § in politics, Religion, South Carolina

South Carolina: A State Run By Old Fossils

South Carolina lacks an official state fossil, but has a surfeit of ex-officio fossils in its legislature. An 8-year-old girl wrote to her legislator suggesting the state adopt an official state fossil.  He introduced a bill in the legislature.  So far, so good. This shouldn’t be controversi[...]

April 24th, 2014 - 2:34 pm § in Misc.

Booze in Afghanistan

Dawn Lloyd is a guest columnist at the University of Oregon’s Ethos Magazine.  She spent a  most of a year in Kabul, Afghanistan. previous entries  entries can be found here: #1, #2, #3, #4 Although I don’t drink myself, I’m often asked about alcohol use in Afghanistan. One might think [...]

April 23rd, 2014 - 11:33 pm § in Misc.

South Carolina: to arm fetuses?

Proposal to Include Fetuses in ‘Stand Your Ground’ Law Moves Forward in SC Emily Crockett for RH Reality Check April 16, 2014 – 7:00am A South Carolina bill that passed a senate committee on Thursday would expand the state’s “stand your ground” self-defense law to allow pregnant wome[...]

April 23rd, 2014 - 11:27 pm § in America, South Carolina

Georgia: Armed and Dangerous


April 23rd, 2014 - 11:06 am § in China, Misc., USA

CHINA: As China Inc Follows in the Path Once Trod By the Birtish Navy

US-China-Flag  Search for MH370 reveals Future Directions for Chinese Navy The sun never sets over the British Empire. The classic quote was almost true for the empire but utterly true for its Navy.  It is equally true for today’s US Navy. This article by Reuters points out want I suspect will be the n[...]

April 23rd, 2014 - 9:40 am § in The Ave Scene

BREAKING NEWS: New house sales falling!

According to the US  Commerce Department, sales of new homes declined 14.5 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 384,000. That was the second straight monthly decline and the lowest rate since July 2013. New-home sales have declined 13.3 percent over the past 12 months.  [...]

April 23rd, 2014 - 7:25 am § in Psychiatry, Religion, The Ave Scene

An End of Passover Letter to Hugh Schwartz, Bill Quick About The Logo

Dear Hugh and Bill Happy Pesach.  I am writing to you as Passover ends about two matters I know you both care about: Israel and the misuse of the UW logo. I have written a lot her about your efforts to prevent my father’s experiences in Buchenwald, his amazing writings and pictures,  from co[...]

April 23rd, 2014 - 3:56 am § in Academic Standards, American Diversity, Schools & Colleges, The Ave Scene

AAUP: Universal Scholarships?

Untitled-1Huskies husky diploma UWLast week, over n the AAUP listserv. Robert Wood referred to an NPR article describing a program in Michigan where philanthropists in Kalamazoo fund universal college tuition. Rob asked, “Imagine if we were able to set one of these funds up statewide in Washington? How much would it cost?  [...]