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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.

August 15th, 2014 - 7:20 am § in Misc.

A Jewish Liberal Responds to Hatred of Israel

Edited rom The Forward

This was on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, the epicenter of the liberal American shtetl, a place so ubiquitously Jewish that even the smallest grocery store posts Friday night candle-lighting times each week.   Last Shabbat, as my husband and I were walking home from a long, lovely lunch with friends, I noticed scribbling on the sidewalk. Since the letters were written in white chalk and were upside down from where I stood, it took a moment to decipher their meaning, and another moment to get over the shock.

Though we share serious misgivings about the way the military conflict in Gaza began and is being prosecuted, and we grieve for the horrendous loss of life, we also believe that Israel does have a right to defend itself against a terrorizing organization that seeks its obliteration. If Israel’s actions warranted the end of its sizable financial support from the United States, what about neighboring Egypt — also a recipient of billions in aid — whose government has killed peaceful protesters, imprisoned journalists and put a democratically elected leader in jail?

As we continued our walk, we asked ourselves whether the comparison was unfair because Israel should be held to a higher standard, and whether that scrawled sidewalk sentiment was a legitimate criticism of American policy or rank anti-Zionism. And when does anti-Zionism bleed into simple hatred of Jews?

To borrow Irving Kristol’s line about neoconservatives, was I acting like a liberal Jew who gets mugged?  READMORE

Like many liberal American Jews, I have long insisted that anti-Zionism is not necessarily anti-Semitism, that one can be critical of Zionist political ideology and not hate Jews as Jews. The argument is partly an intellectual one, and partly a response to the embarrassing ease with which some Jews make the link, equating every criticism of Israel with “the oldest hatred” — an accusation that can unfairly label dissenters and shuts down the conversation.

Plus, I’m American. America loves its Jews, and loves Israel. I can show you the polls, and the votes in Congress, and the intermarriage rate, and all the other indicators of public sentiment. To equate anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism somehow turns us into victims, part of a global victimhood, but we are not victims here, and even a few uncomfortable words scrawled on the sidewalk cannot really make a dent in our secure standing.

The virulent reaction around the world to Israel’s latest incursion into Gaza is making me rethink that argument, and I know that I am not alone. “I’ve never been as concerned, frightened, worried and confused as this,” the historian Deborah Lipstadt told me. “Maybe it’s not 1939, but it may be 1934.”

We liberals simply cannot ignore the pernicious way the Israeli invasion of Gaza and the horrible civilian death toll there has given an anti-Zionist cover to attacks against Jews as Jews. In France, England, Belgium, India, etc., etc., Jews are being held responsible for Israeli actions they may not even support. In Turkey, the prime minister tells CNN that what Israel did to Palestine “has surpassed what Hitler did to them” and then confirms that he said it. Unfortunately, I could go on.

“Liberals need to recognize that there is no comfort in their position,” said Holocaust scholar Michael Berenbaum, himself a liberal. Arguing that these anti-Zionist actions are not also anti-Semitic is “making a distinction that goes against the reality of what we are experiencing today.”

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August 13th, 2014 - 12:02 pm § in Misc.

South Carolina fails to make it in the top ten of racist states.

BBQ SC 1Vote for your favorite racist state in the U.S. Take Part in this poll: I was surprised not to see South Caroloina, proud home of the confederacy and the state where a confederate generrla (enactor) walks around in costume with his won slaves after being appointed President of a State college. Good [...]

August 12th, 2014 - 9:47 am § in Misc.



August 7th, 2014 - 4:32 am § in Hypocrisy

CHINA’S Imperial Hypocrisy

BEIJING, June 28 (Xinhua) — Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday warned against attempts to establish a dominant civilization in the world. “We should champion inclusiveness and mutual learning,” Xi said when delivering a keynote speech at a commemoration marking the 60th anniv[...]

August 2nd, 2014 - 9:19 am § in Misc.

The Gaza War May Be Near Its End

SMS thumb CezanneShort of Some Unforeseen Terrorist Act By Hamas, This War is Near Its End First,  Israel says  that refugees in city of Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip can return to their homes. This would be the first place of the border pacified since the war  began over two weeks ago.  The decision[...]

August 1st, 2014 - 4:54 am § in Misc.

BUCHENWALD 46: As Gaza blazes and on the 70th Anniversary of the Polish resistance in Warsaw, Can we remember the motto, “Never Again?’

In May of  1943 the Germans finally destroyed the Jews still in the Warsaw ghetto but Warsaw, now Juden frei,  was to see more blood in 1944. The suicidal actions of Hamas, their willingness to die for a failing cause, reminds me of the Warsaw ghetto. The Jewish resistance had arisen within the[...]

July 30th, 2014 - 4:12 am § in American Diversity, Religion

Anniversary of the Negris leaving Spain

My family name, when we lived in Spain, was Negri .. a word meaning that we were dark folks like the moors.  In March 1492 King Ferdinand, under pressure from Torquemada, issued a decree of expulsion against the Negri. Four months later, two days before Christopher Columbus set sail, my family left[...]

August 21st, 2014 - 12:07 am § in Bad States, South Carolina

South Carolina is less corrupt than Mississippi!

BBQ SC 1Click image to read more.[...]

August 20th, 2014 - 3:21 am § in Misc.

Ramen Time


August 19th, 2014 - 1:15 pm § in Death and Taxes, Humor

The Seattle Times ‘Death Tax’ Flap

Ever since the Seattle Times ran an editorial last Thursday (Aug. 14) asserting that “an Issaquah case ought to remind us that the estate tax imposes a burden on families and a subtle cost on societal stability,” journalist/blogger David Goldstein has relentlessly been taking it apart on[...]

August 19th, 2014 - 1:20 am § in America, Politics, Science


Banana drama: Why we must save this most fantastic, comical – and endangered – of fruit  Scientists have warned that the world’s supply of bananas is threatened by bugs and infections. But where could Carmen Miranda, David Miliband, and The Jungle Book’s King Louis be without th[...]

August 18th, 2014 - 6:03 pm § in America, Law, Politics

Should Rick Perry stand trial?

I say yes, the charges have merit, and the case should go to trial.  (Caveat:  All defendants, including Republicans, are entitled to be presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law.) Perry insists he did nothing wrong.  He told Fox News yesterday (quoted by CBS News), “This is n[...]

August 18th, 2014 - 12:16 pm § in Bad States, South Carolina

Why Obama won’t be impeached (and what’s in South Carolina’s drinking water?)

From Buzz Feed News: “A Republican congressman says President Obama wants nothing more than for the Republican House to start impeachment proceedings against him. ‘Believe me, let’s make one thing perfectly clear,’ said Rep. Mick Mulvaney of South Carolina in a radio interview with WQSC 1340[...]

August 18th, 2014 - 9:11 am § in Misc.

Where is my flying car?


August 18th, 2014 - 3:23 am § in Misc.