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.

July 22nd, 2014 - 10:19 am § in The Ave Scene

SEATTLE: Hydroponic Gardening Event!

July 22nd, 2014 - 10:06 am § in Misc.

Chinese President Visits Cuba

Chinese President Xi Jinping was greeted upon his arrival in Havana by First Vice President Miguel Díaz-Canel. Photo: Ricardo López Hevia Saying that both China and Cuba are entering a crucial stage in their respective development, Jinping asserted that the time is now to undertake comprehensive r[...]

July 21st, 2014 - 11:49 pm § in Politics, USA


(based on a report from Huff Post) By 8 to 5, workers at a Subway location in Bloomsbury, N.J., on Friday voted in favor of joining the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union. One (pro union) worker said: “I am very relieved the election is over and very proud of my co-workers for hangin[...]

July 21st, 2014 - 12:22 pm § in Misc.

The Napoleon Syndrome

 There is a drug for paranoid schizophrenia! One of the most amazing experiences of medical school was actually meeting schizophrenics.  Reading about schizophrenia had not been enough to convince me that these people really had a special illness.   After all, there seems to be enough variation [...]

July 21st, 2014 - 3:47 am § in Death and Taxes, The Ave Scene

The Microsoft Layoffs

In 1995 Bill Gates wrote, “The Internet is a tidal wave. It changes the rules.”  That memo was all too correct. The consequences of Steve Balmer’s failure to rise to the challenge are now in the hopefully agile hands of  CEO Satya Nadella.   Nadella was expected to lay off five or six t[...]

July 22nd, 2014 - 10:52 am § in Misc.

Courts In Conflict Over Obamacare

playing lawyerHealth Law Subsidies Upheld, Conflicting With Ruling Hours Earlier Two federal appeals court panels issued conflicting rulings Tuesday on whether the government could subsidize health insurance premiums for people in three dozen states that use the federal insurance exchange. The decisions are the l[...]

July 22nd, 2014 - 9:41 am § in Misc.

‘Stop talking about this, the problem is there are too many Jews’.

From a French Web Site About Salmon[...]

July 21st, 2014 - 8:14 am § in Misc.

The Ordeal of Climbing Mt. Runyon, LA

RUNYON: Just Above Sunset – DAY 4 – watch more funny videos[...]

July 20th, 2014 - 8:13 am § in Misc.


Christians who want to remain in the “caliphate,” the Islamic State declared this month in parts of Iraq and Syria, must agree to abide by terms of a “dhimma” contract – a practice going back to Mohamed’s rule that Ilamic land must be free of all other religions e[...]