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.

  • UW

    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.

November 26th, 2014 - 9:00 am § in America, Americanism, Religion, Schools & Colleges

Blasphemy laws are not new, but our religion is the one truth.

Video of a visit to the Fields Museum by a devout Christian home schooler.  Since the fundamentalist insist that evolution is a religion, I propose that we make science denial against the law.

November 25th, 2014 - 11:18 am § in America, Americanism

Demonizing the poor

CharlieDemonizing the person you are pillaging is an age old trick. If she is explained as undeserving of government benefits you can justify giving the money to the rich and we get the trickle down we been waiting for since Reagan lied about it.[...]

November 25th, 2014 - 11:08 am § in America, Americanism, political correctness

Occupying Black America

The problem in Ferguson is s NOT officer Wilson or the grand jury. The problem in Ferguson  is occupation. Every occupying army goes through the same problems. British soldiers, Israeli soldiers, as well as America’s occupying armies have always had these problems.  Soldiers or police office[...]

January 13th, 2014 - 1:34 am § in America, The Ave Scene

Homeless in Seattle

Are Seattle’s Homeless Camps Shelters or a Tax Dodge? Over at the Quixotic Blog, Dave Preston has been following the homeless camps. Some of what he writes is very disturbing. 1. In an effort to force closing of a camp, the government sent in crew to cut down trees and shrubs .. leaving a an [[...]

November 26th, 2014 - 10:47 am § in Misc.

THE Ave Challenge: What is it?

A. Scene from new sci fi movie: Utopia B. New prison in Saudi Arabia with male and female floors C. Biblioteca Jose Vasconcelos in Mexico City D. Rem Koolhaus’ original concept for the Seattle public library E. Google’s concept for Its Robot factory.  [...]

November 26th, 2014 - 10:35 am § in China

China: Hong Kong Riot Police Clear Protest Site

Hong Kong Student Leaders Arrested Police Move On Protest Site[...]

November 26th, 2014 - 4:21 am § in Misc.


Qatar has been trying to become a cultural Mecca within the overly wealthy, oil stained emirates. They even want to host an Olmpics! Sadly, Qatar is what it is.  Last year, Greece pulled two 2500 year old male statues from an Olympic exhibition in Doha. A Culture Ministry official says exhibition o[...]

November 26th, 2014 - 3:18 am § in Politics, Religion

Islamic Terror in Nigeria

  Twin bombings kill dozens in Nigeria while Boko Haram seizes another town Despite claims that they have since retaken a number of towns seized by the militants, soldiers have largely been unable to halt Boko Haram attacks. BY Agence France-Presse[...]

November 25th, 2014 - 10:37 pm § in Misc.

Colorado man charged with felony for pointing banana at deputies

” A 28-year-old man was arrested near Grand Junction Saturday after allegedly pointing a banana at two deputies and telling them that he thought it would be a ‘funny joke’ to post on YouTube to ‘lighten the holiday spirit.’ … Channing is facing charges of felony [...]

November 25th, 2014 - 12:35 pm § in Russia

A Dead Website .. Eight Months Later