“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

While the Michelle and Barack dazzle the press, 2 million lose jobs and one million lose their home.

"There's some who, despite all evidence to the contrary, still don't believe in the necessity and promise of this recovery act," he said. "Tell that to the Americans who received that unexpected call saying to come back to work."

Now that is compassion with change.

Obama's polling numbers are artificially held up by the world's largest Public Relations firm ever, the consolidated, amalgamated idolatrous US press.

I knew we were in the valley of deep dung when Baracko Boy took his shark skin suit for the first strut through Air Force One. "It's pretty nice," he told House Democrats in an after-dinner speech during the first days uptown. Sures beats shucking the Chrysler 300 in Chi.

"Hey man what's the sco?"

Well not too good, thanks for asking. $787 large spent and no one is counting. BO says, "good news" that it only took $135 billion obligated so far and that has saved or created "at least 150,000 jobs." Maybe.

I been looking at the man's face lately. It aint too good. Up tight and taut. This may be a short performance.


Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Obama to hurry recovery effort amid rising doubt

Jon Ward Washington Time

President Obama on Monday pushed to reinvigorate his $787 billion economic-stimulus program, promising to accelerate efforts to get money out the door, while dealing with critics who said some of his claims to create or preserve jobs have been exaggerated.

Mr. Obama said he was "not satisfied" with the results of the stimulus program so far, though he highlighted some of the achievements he said were the result of the massive spending bill, which he signed into law in mid-February.

He said it was "good news" that $135 billion obligated so far has saved or created "at least 150,000 jobs."

But with about 2 million jobs disappearing since the bill was enacted, White House officials conceded that their estimates of jobs "saved or created" were at best only blunting the pace of overall losses.

"Less bad is not good enough," said White House press secretary Robert Gibbs.

A national poll released Monday showed that the public was losing confidence in Mr. Obama's handling of the economy. But the White House denied that Mr. Obama's effort to speed up the stimulus spending was a response to either growing anxiety about the program or its lackluster early performance.

Approval of Mr. Obama's handling of the economy has dropped from 59 percent in February to 55 percent, the USA Today-Gallup poll showed. More significantly, disapproval on the issue has gone up 12 percentage points to 42 percent.

The president, however, remains more popular than either of his two immediate predecessors at this point in his presidency, with a 67 percent overall approval rating.

Still, critics accused the White House with playing with numbers to make the stimulus appear more effective than it's been.

"The Obama administration is continuing to fabricate job-creation projections related to the stimulus," said Tony Fratto, a former George W. Bush administration official.

"The Bureau of Labor Statistics - the only government agency counting jobs - cannot tell you how many Americans are working today. They cannot tell you how many Americans were working a month ago. And they cannot even tell you how many Americans, within 50,000, were at work when the stimulus was passed by Congress," Mr. Fratto said. "Without that information, there is no credible estimate for jobs 'created or saved.' "

Keith Hall, commissioner of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, told Congress last week that it is "a very difficult thing for anybody to substantiate" the Obama administration's projections of jobs "saved or created."

Jared Bernstein, an adviser to Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., called the Obama's team measurement "an estimate of how many jobs you believe you created."

The president's event at the White House on Monday, as he pivoted back to domestic policy after a trip to the Middle East and Europe, was intended to highlight "10 new major projects that will define the next three months," the White House said.

The projects include work at 107 national parks, 98 airports and 1,500 highway locations, and hiring or retaining 5,000 police officers - work designed to save or create 600,000 jobs. Mr. Obama said that all those jobs will be created or retained "over the next 100 days."

But 125,000 of those jobs - nearly 25 percent - are summer positions for youth, not full-time permanent employment, according to the White House.

Mr. Obama pledged in February that, all told, the stimulus package would save between 3 million and 4 million jobs.

Mr. Bernstein defended the administration's formula for its job numbers.

"This is an absolute, tried-and-true economic methodology," he said during a briefing with reporters at the White House. "There is simply no other way to make this kind of estimate."

But Republicans and conservative groups hammered the president, sensing a political opening.

"Today's announcement is an acknowledgment that the Democrats' trillion-dollar stimulus is not working, and the American people know it," said House Minority Leader John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican.

The White House said its calculations project that every $92,000 of government spending creates one "job-year."

A May 11 report states that about two-thirds of that "job-year" is a direct or indirect benefit, such as a state worker being retained and not fired because of federal dollars being disbursed to state governments.

About one-third of each "job-year" is an "induced effect," the White House said, where tax cuts for consumers can create demand for products and allow businesses to hire or retain employees because of that demand.

Republicans pointed to the White House prediction in January that the unemployment rate would stay about 8 percent if Congress passed the stimulus package. The unemployment rate has risen to 9.4 percent.

Mr. Bernstein said that in January they had not yet learned of a massive 6 percent contraction in gross domestic product during the fourth quarter of 2008.

"At the time, our forecast seemed reasonable. Now, looking back, it was clearly too optimistic," he said.

The White House also faces questions over whether the massive spending program is still needed to stimulate an economy that administration analysts say is already beginning to show signs of recovery. Other analysts, however, warn that the stock market's recent gains may be a "bear rally," signaling another downturn ahead.

Some Republican lawmakers say they want to stop all $787 billion from being spent if the economy is on the mend, using the money instead to reduce federal debt and deficit levels.

The national debt is more than $11 trillion, and the deficit for the current fiscal year is projected by the Congressional Budget Office to be almost $1 trillion. The country's debtors are increasingly anxious about the ability of the U.S. government to pay its debt with interest, and bond buyers have been driving up yields on long-term notes, making it more expensive for the Treasury to raise money.

Meeting with his Cabinet, the president on Monday gave a mixed review of the economy so far, stating that May job losses of 345,000 announced Friday were not as bad as expected but "still far too many." He also said that the United States is "still in the middle of a very deep recession, which is going to take a considerable amount of time to pull out of."

It was a different message from the one Mr. Obama offered at the end of May, when he cited the stock market's stabilization and other indicators as evidence that the economy had "stepped back from the brink."

Mr. Obama hit back at his critics Monday.

"There's some who, despite all evidence to the contrary, still don't believe in the necessity and promise of this recovery act," he said. "Tell that to the Americans who received that unexpected call saying to come back to work."


  1. I saw an article recently, can't find it now, showing O's ratings, and the feelings about him, starting to tip downwards. The further away from Bush, the more time passes, the more O is felt to be responsible. If this continues, the job losses, no real recovery, soon he will be in some trouble.

    Things seem to be getting worse more slowly.--


    They've been using the phrase "jobs created and saved."--

    heh, and saved, a new economic category.

  2. If the foreigners Obama hopes to win over have not yet seen the inherent contradiction between his words and deeds (and some have), they soon will. Were the president to take his thinking to its logical conclusion, he would actually end all U.S. policies that anger foreigners. He would withdraw all of our troops from the Middle East, dismantle the CIA, toss Israel to the wolves, and pull our fleets back to within our territorial waters (sort of a Ron Paul approach).--

    Reality Awaits Obama

  3. We are seeing the Emanuel Shuffle. Pure Fiction. The White House media corp is giving them a free pass. If they question anything they will be banned from the press room. So to keep their good status they instead report on what Bitchelle is wearing and where they went on a date.

  4. The White House Press Corps is a unique beast in any administration, the office and setting themselves encouraging/requiring deference. If that's ever not been the case in living memory, my memory's really poor.

  5. The conclusion of a long-ish piece swiped from


    "Many professional investors have concluded the policy response to date has once again reset the game. Bank stocks have doubled since their lows, and US equity indexes are up 30-40% since early March. A rise in interest rates and commodity prices is certainly typical of economic recoveries, but this has not been a typical recession. The housing market damage is unprecedented; so too is the dramatic shift of households to a higher saving rate and a net reduction of household debt. The fact is that housing and consumer durable spending historically have tended to lead the US economy out of recession. The higher mortgage rates and higher gas prices resulting from investor reactions to the policy push may get in the way. They are salt in existing wounds. Perhaps the fiscal thrust is so large this time around that a recovery can be led by different sectors like infrastructure and technology and a Japanese style stagnation can be sidestepped. On the above analysis, however, the way forward may be a bit trickier than many investors now expect."

    Rob Parenteau, CFA, is sole proprietor of MacroStrategy Edge and editor of The Richebacher Letter. He also serves as a research assistant to the Levy Institute of Economics.

    I'm still anticipating a safe landing. On the Hudson. (Parse that metaphor!)

    What say you, rufus?

  6. My daughter is more pessimistic on the economy now than she was six months ago.

    Which is why she's, um, taking a 28K cruise around the world. One of her parents gets to sell a kidney (we're drawing straws) and she stays out of the grown up job market for awhile longer.

  7. I dont remember it being that friendly with past Presidents, Trish. Bush for sure on numerous occations but particularly with that Gregory guy (who seems gay), and I remember Clinton pointing at them, biting his bottom lip in that gay way of his saying, "How dare you! How dare you"!

    I merely point out the gay thing because, well, because I wanted to!

  8. June 9 (Bloomberg) -- Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said President Barack Obama’s plan to fix the economy through stimulus spending and government intervention to boost companies like General Motors Corp. has “already failed.”

    “Bureaucrats managing companies does not work, politicians dominating the economy does not work,” Gingrich told about 2,000 Republicans who attended a fundraising dinner at the Washington Convention Center last night.

  9. Clinton was (IIRC, well before Monica) a supremely politically gifted, angry paranoid who required to be liked by everyone. On the sliding scale of angry paranoids, I think he beats Nixon. But someone older than I probably needs to weigh in on that competition.

  10. When I was growing up there were no gay males (let alone females). None. Just boys who inexplicably signed up for Cosmetology.

    Oh, and The Village People. (Really liked the construction guy, not having a clue at the time that his preference would be for motorcycle guy.)

    The world turns.

    Someone, I think maybe Larry King, is having a West Point grad on this evening. Gay Arabic linguist.

    The debate is back.

  11. The White House Press Corps is a unique beast in any administration, the office and setting themselves encouraging/requiring deference. If that's ever not been the case in living memory, my memory's really poor.

    You obviously missed Hannity's piece the other week. He showed a half dozen or so clips of the Whitehouse press corp's behavior for Bush and Obama.
    No respect

  12. "You obviously missed Hannity's piece..."

    Roger that.

  13. Completely off topic, David Betz at

    100 Years of COIN: What New Have We Learned?


    * It bears repeating that a main problem with the insurgency literature is that (with certain exceptions) it generally ignores the huge numbers of insurgencies that fail and are consigned by history to the dustbin as failed revolution, rebellion or just plain crime. It is interesting to contemplate How the Weak Win Wars so long as one keeps in mind that most of the time they don’t. Basically, as Napoleon said, fortune really does favour the side with the bigger battalions.

    * For a while I was impressed by the way Lawrence described insurgency in The Science of Guerrilla Warfare as a moral contest rather than a physical one (’The contest was not physical, but moral, and so battles were a mistake…’); but, then again, didn’t Napoleon also say that ‘the moral is to the physical as three to one’? Every student of COIN knows the Maoist proposition that insurgency is ‘80 per cent political and 20 per cent military’. So, give or take 5 per cent, what’s the difference between Bonaparte and Mao? It really is quite hard to pin down what is truly distinctive about this literature.

    For my money the biggest mistake in the theoretical literature on COIN is this:

    "The asymmetrical situation has important effects on propaganda. The insurgent, having no responsibility, is free to use every trick… Consequently, propaganda is a powerful weapon for him… The counterinsurgent is tied to his responsibilities and to his past, and for him, facts speak louder than words… For him, propaganda can be no more than a secondary weapon, valuable only if intended to inform and not to fool."

    Of course you all recognize the source. There is much wisdom in what Galula says; that the counterinsurgent must not lie too boldly, if at all, (lest he cause long-term pain to his credibility for short-term gain) ought to be regarded as something akin to a scientific law. However, I think this is far too reactive a mindset for the counterinsurgent to have and, on this point, I think Galula is plain wrong. The facts speak louder than words for both sides; in crude terms, the job of the counterinsurgent propagandist is to make the insurgent stand up for his actions...


    The whole post is well worth reading.

  14. Uhhhhh, care to expand on that any?

  15. angry paranoid...even rabbits were out to get him.

  16. Rob Parenteau:

    It looks like you might've found a worthy, Guru, Trish.

  17. But last week, Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer came to Washington to announce what Microsoft would do if Obama’s multinational tax policy is enacted.

    “It makes U.S. jobs more expensive,” Ballmer said, “We’re better off taking lots of people and moving them out of the U.S.” If Microsoft, perhaps our most competitive company, has to abandon the U.S. in order to continue to thrive, who exactly is going to stay?

  18. I am back...

    computer went up in a puff....

  19. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said President Barack Obama’s plan to fix the economy through stimulus spending and government intervention to boost companies like General Motors Corp. has “already failed.”

    Even after coming out of bankruptcy, General Motors yearly obligation for retiree pensions and healthcare will be an additional $1 billion.

    I seriously doubt they'll be able to fulfill that obligation.

  20. The question, on the subheader, on MSNBC ...
    Are calls to boycott GM unpatriotic?

    The new sedition, bad mouthing GM.

    Our National Car Company.

    Watch, the Federals will still end up nationalizing all those "Legacy Costs", but throgh a series of incremental steps.

    Government Motors will make good on those pensions, whit.
    Fear not.

  21. Oh yeah, I keep forgetting who the owners are now. You, me and the Union.

  22. Congress will have to empanel a special Blue Ribbon Plant Closings Commission.

  23. That is; if the Executive gives them the authority. :)

  24. Who wants to bet on the future of Don't Ask, Don't Tell?

    My money says it's going down.

  25. Where's old 'hard hat' Michelle, and 'hard hat' Barack?

    I want to see them touring those closed plants, closed work places, in the normal political 'hard hats' the politicians always wear.

    Get in there on the production floor, talk to the folks, talk to the folks in the unemployment lines, stead of hanging around Paris, New York, London.

  26. taking a 28K cruise around the world--



  27. $28,000, that's not even half the cost of one your proposed McMansion lots, bob.

    Weren't the built out RV sites going to retail at $65,000, too?

    About the cost of a new pickup truck, we chuckled, at the time.

  28. Sestak said he's running because, once the election is over, he'll be a better Senator than Specter. "The question is what kind of Democratic Senator do we want shaping the future, on education, health care, the environment, national security," he said. "For better or for worse, over the next four to six years, the federal government will have a major role in undertaking a massive retooling of these areas. The question became whether we want a candidate anointed by others in Washington and in my party. It bothered me that the decision didn't appear to be based on the future. ... It's easy to select someone to win the election. It's the next four to six years when all the hard work will be done."

    Marcel Groen, chairman of the Montgomery County Democratic Committee and a member of the Democratic National Committee, agrees with Rendell that Sestak should stay where he is. "At the end of the day, I don't see how you win a Democratic primary without Montgomery County, and I don't see Specter losing Montgomery County," he said.

    However, growing numbers of political observers are coming to the conclusion that convincing Sestak to skip a 2010 candidacy may be impossible.

    People who know Sestak in both Pennsylvania and Washington expressed no surprise that the former admiral is thumbing his nose at his own party's establishment. Sestak, they say, is a lone wolf whose closest advisers are family members and who has never been chummy with other members of the Pennsylvania delegation.

    While Sestak is considered loyal to the Clintons - he worked in the Clinton White House, received significant support from Clintonites during his initial 2006 victory against then-Rep. Curt Weldon (R), and backed Hillary Clinton's 2008 primary campaign over the eventual winner, Barack Obama - he has fewer IOUs to pay to the party establishment than most politicians do, thanks to his late turn to electoral politics after three decades in the Navy.

  29. Well, with a lot you actually got something you can live on, with water, sewer, and garbage pickup, with a cruise you do have some good memories.

    On the other hand, if you should die young, the cruise might have been the best choice.

    I quess it's all a 'gamble' :)

  30. "I respect him. He really does stand for what he believes," said Sestak, adding that he thought a Sestak-Toomey race would be "a great debate of ideas."

    Toomey, in a statement sent by his campaign, echoed Sestak.

    "While Joe Sestak and I disagree on a host of issues, I commend him for being a principled liberal who stands up for his beliefs and values," Toomey said. "I have always believed that Pennsylvania voters — not party bosses in Washington — should have the final say over who their nominees will be."

    Early Rounds

  31. TatoNano At Chrysler/Fiat Show Rooms?--

    Don't know what that 'nano' means, in Tato Nano, but the car's really small. Not much bigger than a large golf cart, like Ash might use.

  32. Look at the trunk carrying capacity in that Nano!

    Could hardly get your golf bag in there. Maybe better to just buy a golf cart.

  33. The United States Supreme Court declined Tuesday evening to
    hear a challenge to the Chrysler bankruptcy settlement, a day
    after Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg had granted a stay in the
    case. The ruling was a setback to a group of dissident
    bondholders and will clear the way for the sale of Chrysler's
    key assets to a group led by Fiat.

  34. That story didn't last long. Over already.

  35. The 28K cruise is Semester at Sea. Postponing graduation for study abroad and an additional minor in World Studies.

    The tuition does not include many books, new blue passport, eight visas, twenty photos, and endless other costs, many doubtless shipboard, that we've yet to discover.

    It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for her. That's what we're telling ourselves to keep from weeping, anyway.

  36. (AKA The Hippie-Dippy Sail of the Century.)

  37. Perhaps she will meet her future husband on the cruise and you will also have a wedding to finance in the near future.

  38. Fla. Fisherman Hooks U.S. Missile in Gulf Waters

    Tuesday, June 9, 2009 2:55 PM

    MADEIRA BEACH, Fla. -- The military says a commercial fisherman reeled in an Air Force missile in the Gulf of Mexico. A military bomb squad met him at the shore in Florida to remove sensitive technology from the projectile and dispose of it.

    Local authorities initially said the missile was live, but Eglin Air Force Base spokesman Samuel King later said it contained no explosives.

    King says the missile was fired from an F-15 fighter jet during a test in August of 2004. It was a telemetry missile, used to measure and transmit data.

    Authorities say fisherman Rodney Salomon hooked the missile 50 miles off Panama City. The military uses Gulf waters for weapons training.

    Salomon said he kept the missile on his boat for 10 days before returning to port near St. Petersburg.

  39. Well I hope they have the good sense not to cruise around the pirate areas.

    Perhaps a shipboard romance will lead to grandmahood for you.

  40. Do they have a Casino on the ship?

    You'll need to provide a little gambling money, too.

  41. A little 'spending cash' as my aunt used to say.

  42. Actually the whole thing sounds like a gas.

  43. At least 12 people have been killed and scores wounded after a gun and suicide truck bomb attack on a five-star hotel in the Pakistani city of Peshawar.

    Armed men entered the Pearl Continental hotel in the northwestern city on Tuesday, firing at security personnel before detonating explosives, government and security officials said.

    "It was a suicide attack," Sefwat Ghayur, Peshawar's police chief, said.

    "Occupants of a double-cabin pick-up truck forced their way in, firing at the security guards. The attackers struck their vehicle into the hotel building, and it exploded on impact."

    Medical and rescue efforts at the blast site have been hampered by power blackouts following the explosion.

    Most of those killed were Pakistani but Mian Iftikhar Hussain, the provincial information minister, said two foreigners were among the dead.

    UN condemnation

    The UN said one of them was Aleksandar Vorkapic from Serbia, an employee of the UNHCR refugee agency who was part of an emergency team recently deployed to Pakistan to tackle help the millions who have been displaced by fighting.

  44. 'PM should use speech to accept Arab peace plan'

    "The Arab initiative is a good basis for negotiations, and Netanyahu should say that Israel will work with it after sitting with the leadership of the Arab League and discussing it," Maj. Gen. (res.) Danny Rothschild, the head of the council, said on Tuesday.

    Amos Lapidot, another member of the group's leadership and a former commander of the IAF, said Netanyahu should say there were "good things" in the plan, and that now was the time to delve into its details.

  45. BOLOGNA, Italy — As Indian automaker Tata unveiled its new TL Sprint pickup here at the Bologna Motor Show, local partner Fiat said it would market a rebadged version of the four-door, all-wheel-drive truck in Europe and South America.

    The dateline of this announcement:

    The tagline:
    What this means to you: A growing global alliance between two mid-tier players won't have much direct impact on the American market.

    Nice lookin' new "Dodge" truck, ain't it?

    Ram Tough!

  46. But in the eyes of TV news critic Andrew Tyndall, Mr. Dobbs’ cooling off is primarily attributable to the fading of immigration as a core issue of national concern. “On the general news agenda, immigration has just completely disappeared as a story,” said Mr. Tyndall.

    “The extent to which, in his reincarnation, he came back as a immigration guy—that’s a very narrow beat. If immigration is not an issue, what’s he got?”

    “Every night Lou Dobbs continues to tackle the most complex, challenging issues facing this country and our world,” said a CNN spokesperson when asked for comment. “No other show at 7 p.m. offers the insightful, solid reporting on subjects from the economy, to North Korea, national security, foreign policy, with strong debate and discussion from all sides.”

    Ratings Dip Down

  47. 7pm - that's Fox Report on Fox.

  48. Only McCain holds elective office, and his age and status as the loser of last year's presidential election make him an unlikely standard bearer for the party's future.

    "It's a problem," says Douglas Holtz-Eakin, an adviser to McCain's 2008 presidential campaign who this month is filing the papers to create a think tank aimed at generating new ideas for conservatives. "We need the perceived leadership of the party to be those who are the future."

    "We cannot be a party of balding white guys," says former Republican Party national chairman Ed Gillespie, a White House counselor for George W. Bush. "We have to have a broader appeal, but there's time for us to make that change."

    Republicans have seen an erosion of support across almost all demographic groups — the steepest decline since World War II, even bigger than in the aftermath of the Watergate scandal in the 1970s. Since 2004, Republicans have gone from a 3 percentage point advantage in party identification over Democrats in USA TODAY polls to a 7 point disadvantage.

    In that time, the GOP has lost control of the White House, the House of Representatives and the Senate. It is struggling to forge a united response to the popular new Democratic president. The result has been to give Obama "an extension" to his political honeymoon, Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg says.

    No surprise, then, that a debate rages over what to do next.

  49. Since 2004, Republicans have gone from a 3 percentage point advantage in party identification over Democrats in USA TODAY polls to a 7 point disadvantage.

    And what was the start of the slide?


  50. What to do next?

    Nominate Sarah Palin, of course.

    She can bring 20,000 out on the east coast in an off political year.

    And she's got an answer to the energy problem.

    Drill, drill, drill, build nukes, nukes, nukes.

  51. In March, Cornyn's committee and its House counterpart, the National Republican Congressional Committee, put out a news release saying she would be the keynote speaker at the dinner, which is one of the party's largest fundraisers. Palin's representatives said later that the governor never confirmed that she would speak and wanted to make sure the event did not interfere with state business.

    Gingrich also has been mentioned as a possible presidential candidate in 2012, and the confusion over the fundraiser comes as Palin is denying an allegation that a speech she recently gave borrowed heavily from an article he co-wrote.

    Responding to an accusation from a blogger on the Huffington Post Web site, Palin's attorney said the governor gave Gingrich proper credit when she used some of his material about former President Ronald Reagan.

    Mixed Signals

  52. Oakland, California Is Broke--

    My sis lived there for awhile, house right on top of a fault line, on the edge of big ravine. I know she was relieved when they left.

  53. A baby with two faces — two noses, two pairs of lips and two pairs of eyes — was born in a northern Indian village, where she is doing well and is being worshipped as the reincarnation of a Hindu goddess.--

    Indeed, there is something preternatural and awe inspiring in this countenance, all four eyes opening and closing at the same time

  54. "Initially we had some problem in accepting the child but now everything is fine," Sushma Singh told The Hindustan Times. "She is just like any other child."

  55. I wonder what the visual abilities or disabilities of a child like that would be. And how the visual center(s) of the brain(s) would compute the inputs from the outside. And if she would have problems with distance, perspective, etc.

  56. Tiller would've taken care of her quick-smart.

  57. She wouldn't have stood a chance with Tiller the Goddess Killer. What's that phrase, toot something, for real fast?

    They may consider her an incarnation of Lakshmi

  58. toot sweet
    (slang) Real quick, in a hurry.

  59. Who knows, rather than being considered a 'mistake of nature' perhaps she should be considered nature's attempt at an evolutionary advance. If she is 'all there' in other respects, and might have an enhanced visual capacity, with a wider field, with the larger brain(s) to go with it, she might be a considerable force in an office--or on a battlefield. Perhaps she would be able to perceive things in an advanced way, as in art advances (seem at least) to have been made in the perception of the world.

  60. FOR RAT--

    Tonite on C2C--

    10 pm - 2 am PT

    9-11 Truth

    Architect Richard Gage, member of the American Institute of Architects, and founder of Architects and Engineers for 9-11 Truth, will discuss the destruction of the three World Trade Center high rises on 9-11, and why 700 architects and engineers have found evidence for explosive controlled demolition, and are calling for a new investigation.

  61. I'm gonna turn Rat into a C2C listener yet....