Monday, December 29, 2014



The Innocence of Doggies

We keep the dog's 20  pound bag of kibble in a cabinet under the kitchen counter.   The bag is torn open  at the top and, when it's  chow time,  I ....   [ continue ]


Wednesday, December 24, 2014

An Hypothesis of Hope

Although it is somewhat late in falling through the chimney chute,  the chipsters had some thought's about the sorrow of Christmas....   [ read ]


Sunday, December 21, 2014

Update to: A Failure of Guardianship

Woodchip makes an update to its article on how judicial acquiescence gives rise to police impunity and brutality.  [ here ]


Saturday, December 20, 2014

Speaking Through Gags

It is time for King Felipe of Spain to step up to the plate and bat down a law which is constitutes a direct assault on civil society and freedom.  [ continue reading ]


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Reasonable Wrongness

Somewhat like a fire alarm going off in the smouldering remains of a fire, the Supreme Court’s decision in Heien v. North Carolina, upholding a search incident to a broken tail-light, has set off a flurry of public criticism.   [ continue reading ]  ....

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Tedium of a Country

Of Rome they said "she laughs and dies."   Of Murka they will say "she annoys and bores."  

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Noah's Ark and Dogs in Heaven

A certain amount of news has been stirred up by the remarks of Pope Francis, made during a general audience, that  “paradise is open to all of God’s creatures”  '.....   [continue reading]

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Mistaking Trees for Forests

We have watched, with a certain degree of schadenfreude, the rise of the National Front in France.   We have never shared Americans’ ill-informed fetish over fascism and we were pleased to see Marine Le Pen giving the European Establishment a discomforting run for its money.   [ continue reading ]

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Getting a Grip on Torture

The former head of the CIA has volunteered some probing thoughts on torture.   [ read ]


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Credit and Shrugs Where Due

We Chipsters are glad that the Senate has finally released its “Torture Report” and, much as we are loathe to, we applaud Senator Feinstein  for shepherding the report from darkness into light.   Given the political realities of Washington D.C., that was no easy task.
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Thursday, December 4, 2014

A Failure of Guardianship

The police beatings and killings which have ostentatiously thrust themselves into national consciousness demonstrate all too well that there is something rotten in America.  But the rot is not racism.   The rot is judicial.   [continue reading]


Monday, December 1, 2014

Payback for Payback

It was reported last week that OPEC decided not to increase oil production thereby insuring that gasoline prices will continue to remain low or lower.   [ continue reading ]