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.

October 24th, 2014 - 12:20 am § in The Ave Scene

Orca …. baby dead?

From West Seattle Blog: Puget Sound orcas’ first baby in 2 years missing, presumed dead

October 20, 2014 at 10:45 pm | In Seen at sea, West Seattle news, Wildlife | 13 Comments

(Photo by Carrie Sapp)
After the Southern Resident Killer Whales came through last Friday, the experts noticed someone missing in other regional sightings – baby L120, first calf born to the local orcas in two years. No one wanted to announce her death until word came from orca experts – and now it has, shared in a news release via Orca Network: read more

October 23rd, 2014 - 7:32 pm § in America, Politics, politics



October 23rd, 2014 - 4:09 am § in Americanism, Hypocrisy, political correctness, Schools & Colleges

BRANDEIS: A Failure of Honor as a Pakistani woman is stoned to death

There is to much here that I will not try to respond point by point except on one issue .. for Bill's information, the University has certainly not asked me to no identify myself with Pathology/.  Other than that, I think the tone of this letter speaks for itself.The politically correct administration at Brandeis must share in the blame for this “honor” killing.  A 25-year-old  pregnant Pakistani woman was stoned to death  in front of a courthouse last July,  She was killed by her father and brothers because she had insulted the family by [...]

October 22nd, 2014 - 3:34 am § in America, political correctness


AAUP ICON thumbSarah Stroup UW Professor of Classics from AAUP listserv Esteemed Colleagues— I read the Deresiewicz article earlier this morning, and with some annoyance.  There are parts of it with which I agree—the expectation of excellence in numerous extracurriculars and service hours, the exceptionally s[...]

October 22nd, 2014 - 1:59 am § in Misc.

BREAKING NEWS: TA News gets secret picture of Kim Un Jong

The Dear Leader has been missing for weeks, leading to speculation he has been deposed.  He does not look happy in this picture deceived this AM form an anonymous, possibly faux source.[...]

October 22nd, 2014 - 1:39 am § in America, Hypocrisy, The Ave Scene

Hypocrisy of the Left

  Seattle Socialist Party Wants $20 Per Hour Minimum Wage, Offers $13 Per Hour For Website Manager[...]

October 20th, 2014 - 1:30 am § in America

KKK offers to provide hazmat suits to Americans afrAID OF African Virus

The KKK has offered to provide hazmat suits to citizens concerned that US immigration policies are letting infected Africans into America.[...]

October 18th, 2014 - 9:30 am § in Misc.

THE Ave Challenge: Where is this?

A. Kenya B. South Carolina C. Beijing D. Chicago E  Senegal[...]

October 24th, 2014 - 3:04 am § in Hypocrisy, The Ave Scene

Amazon to offer covered dog park! … What a Perk!

Amazon Biodome – Seattle Check out the renderings for Amazon’s new headquarters in downtown Seattle. These remarkable “biodomes” will incorporate a cycle track, dog park and retail stores into Amazon’s buildings. The inside of these glass orbs will be a mixture of work [...]

October 23rd, 2014 - 9:40 pm § in Politics, USA

Republican Congressman Blasts Surgeon General’s Ebola Response

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) says Obama’s Ebola czar, Ron Klain, is “off to a bad start” and thinks the Surgeon General should coordinate the response. “Why not have the surgeon general head this up?” Chaffetz asked Wednesday on Fox News. “I think that’s a very [...]

October 23rd, 2014 - 9:11 pm § in Misc.

Amazon Stock Drops As Investors Run Out Of Patience With Bezos

Amazon’s stock fell nearly 11% in Nasdaq after-hours trading after the company reported a larger-than-expected loss for last quarter after the stock market closed Thursday, and even worse, issued weak forward sales guidance.  The company has never made profits, but founder/CEO/major sharehold[...]

October 23rd, 2014 - 7:22 pm § in Politics, USA

Brown-Skinned GOTV Volunteer Delivers Box Of Absentee Ballots; Crazy Arizona Republicans Go Nuts

Gotta love this story from Daily Kos, originally reported by The Daily Dot, an online newspaper based who knows where — everywhere, I guess. This story contains all the delectable elements of rightwing psychosis that make conservatives so much fun:  Paranoia, delusion, racism, love of violenc[...]

October 23rd, 2014 - 10:59 am § in free speech, Schools & Colleges

Who Decides What is Academic Freedom?

A College Administration Decides What is Proper Academic Free Speech: Students complained of racial harassment during Shannon Gibney’s “Intro to Mass Communications” class. Part of her curriculum included a lesson on “structural racism.” When the male students complained about Gibney’s [...]

October 23rd, 2014 - 7:52 am § in Academic Standards, Schools & Colleges

Univ. of North Carolina Credited Athletes For Fake Classes

A simmering academic cheating scandal exploded over the University of North Carolina like a nuclear bomb airburst when it was revealed this morning that athletes were systematically steered into fake classes by athletic department advisers to maintain their sports eligibility. Over a period of 18 ye[...]

October 23rd, 2014 - 7:12 am § in Misc.

Libyan Revolution Day

Libya’s new leaders declared liberation on Sunday Oct. 23, 2011    [...]