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13 September 2015


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No, but drinking in a bar up the beach while trading lies with Claude, Balthazar, Snake Davis and the boys sure would. When BabelFish and I show up with a mess of fish we "caught" just make sure you don't ask how they all got those marks around the gills...

As to Alexandria the occupiers are trying to eradicate that memory. To paraphrase Dr. Helms,
Knowledge-- quite literally wisdom about the War Between the States sought by objective observers- is viewed by Northern cultural activists as a powerful force. Its acquisition is perceived to bestow power in its most intrusive, pernicious, and manipulative sense. It is vital to have possession of this memory, to control it, to administer it, tell it what it must contain. That way they (Northern cultural activists) can control the direction (and votes) of African Americans (and enough whites) to maintain their political power. "Our vision of the past channels our vision of the future by constraining options.."

We sure can't have people asking what sustained the African American community from the creation of the Cotton Gin to the Civil Rights Acts (Christian Faith and aspiration for a traditional family perhaps?).

The Twisted Genius

robt willmann,

You make a good point, but it still sounds like Richard Sale's felons.


Tempura was brought to Japan in the mid 1500s by Portuguese missionaries. Since they ate the fried fish on fridays, the temporal nature of the meal was used as its name, small small world.

The Twisted Genius

BabelFish and nick b,

Damn I love mackerel. I remember my father chartering a boat out of Montague, PEI for mackerel fishing. All we used were shiny hooks on stout hand lines. The captain chummed the waters until he hit a school and then we just hauled them up as fast as we could. We had a tent campsite on the beach where we grilled the mackerel over an open fire. Years later, wood grilled mackerel on sticks were common fare at the local fests around Augsburg. The whole family loved them.


From the Daily Times, Pakistan:


MOSCOW - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has opened up about his new book, 'The WikiLeaks Files', saying that Washington had plans to overthrow Syria's government long before the 2011 uprising began, the Russia Today channel reported on Thursday.

Assange referred to the chapter on Syria, which goes back to 2006. In that chapter is a cable from US Ambassador William Roebuck - who was stationed in Damascus - which apparently discusses a plan for the overthrow of the Assad government in Syria.

“That plan was to use a number of different factors to create paranoia within the Syrian government; to push it to overreact, to make it fear there's a coup...so in theory it says 'We have a problem with extremists crossing over the border with Iraq, and we're taking actions against them to take this information and make the Syrian government look weak, the fact that it is dealing with extremists at all,'” he said.

He added that the most serious part of the plan was to “foster tensions between Shiites and Sunnis. In particular, to take rumors that are known to be false...or exaggerations and promote them – that Iran is trying to convert poor Sunnis, and to work with Saudi and Egypt to foster that perception in order to make it harder for Iran to have influence, and also harder for the government to have influence in the population”.

Assange stressed that this particular cable was “quite concerning”, adding that while you often have to read between the lines in cables, “it’s all hanging out” in that one. “To understand what is happening in and around Syria, one must look at regional alliances,” he said.

End quote.

The Beaver

A good one wrt Rita Katz ( known for her Bin Laden videos) and now making money off the agencies with her SITE videos on ISIS:


"The Australi Witness persona fooled members of the international intelligence community as well as journalists, with well-known analyst Rita Katz of SITE Intelligence Group saying the "IS supporter" held a "prestige" position in online jihadi circles and was "part of the hard core of a group of individuals who constantly look for targets for other people to attack".

ex-PFC Chuck

Jacobinmag, a quite far left publication, put up a piece today alleging that the Erdoğan government is in deep trouble domestically. Are there any flames behind this smoke, or is it little more than leftest wishful thinking?

nick b


The Japanese have aa very similar dish to Bizri. They call it Shirasu. It can be served a couple of different ways, but the tempura version is called Shirasu Kakiege.

nick b


Even north of Jacksonville the water never really dips below 60ish during winter, does it? Even for a Nutmegger like me that's still balmy. I see some Vineyarders wear their waders even in summer. I never got that.

How do you like the Okuma? I have two identical surf rigs (sometimes my wife joins me) St Croix Mojo Surf 10.5' medium/moderate paired with Penn Spinfisher V 6500s, 30lb power pro braid and 40lb flouro leader. It's a good striper set up. This year I got a St. Croix Avid inshore rod with that same medium/moderate action for schoolies and blues. I paired it up with a Quantum Smoke inshore 250, which has the lower gear ratio I prefer. It was a nice rig that lasted about two weeks before the rod snapped like a toothpick just below the first guide. St. Croix is supposed to have a good warranty program. We'll see. In any case, all I caught with it was Scup anyway!

nick b


Don't know if you would have seen it, but in Long Island sound just off Laurel Beach in Milford, CT, where I learned to sail and spent all the summers of my youth, there was a humpback whale the other day. I never ever saw anything like that before in the Sound. Neither had my father, who spent all his childhood summers there too. Judging from the video I saw, it was pretty shocking to the fishermen who witnessed it as well.



"Confessions of an Economic Hit Man", pp. 95-103. Circa '74 U.S. took KSA from being a 3rd-world country into being a 1.5-world country, suggesting then providing large petrochemical complexes; huge industrial parks; giga-watt electric capacity grids, w/transmission/distribution; highways; pipelines; communications networks; transportation, including modern airports and upgrades on shipports; vast arrays of service industries; plus foreign worker camps to staff the same; etc; etc; at Saudi expense. Projects were allegedly designed to maximize both profit for American companies as well as dependence of KSA on America. A key provision was KSA had to launder money by buying U.S. bonds from the Treasury, then the interest from these was used BY THE TREASURY DEPT to fund the engineering companies; this ensured no risk on the side of America's gov't/companies, as well as no Congressional oversight, wiring in hog-wild spending.

War crimes should be prosecuted. If nations don't, simply because the protagonist is a client, then the rule of law becomes a farce. See Burton in "Camelot".


I was thinking of the Russians helping to administer the ass-kicking not the US! :-)

I find myself in this unenviable position of sympathising with the Saudis over Yemen (and not in a single other spot of dirt on the planet, to be clear). Yemen has been collapsing under the weight of bad choices by themselves and all around for many decades. While the country is difficult to govern this was never a population at war with itself over sect or ideology (such as Syria or Iraq).

There are no good choices available now. The blame goes to Saleh for bringing this mess down on his people. He caused this and knowingly so. The Saudi bombing is far from a genocide. Their bombing campaign has killed less people in Sanaa than has the useless anti-aircraft shells falling on the heads of the poor population.



I like the Okuma reels a lot. Relatively light weight for the amount of line storage and just need to be rinsed off after fishing. St. Croix makes good rods and the good Penn reels are golden. Tsunami has a great warranty. My first model folded in half on a cast. It was replaced with an upgraded model with no hassle. I have to tell you that the Daiwa rod is amazing. It has a balance weight in the butt plate and with the 3 oz sinker, is perfect. The Saltiga line is excellent. The Ballistica line gets you up over $500 per rod and that's a place I am never going to go!

When I got down here, after speaking to some folks out on the beaches, I took a series of 8 lessons from Jeff Rafter, a former Navy Captain. Great shortcut to knowledge it would have taken time and money to learn. He gave us a 'good' and 'great' equipment list (reels, rods, line, leader, sinkers, hooks, terminal tackle). I ordered my stuff from the 'good' list. I found great prices on Amazon.

Waders - I'm not thinking I would ever need them down here.

One of my strategies is that I participate in a local Sea Turtle patrol group and we walk a 4 mile stretch of beach. I'm getting to know that stretch like the back of my hand. All the run outs, how far the banks are spaced, etc. It also gets me out for the sunrise and helps with conservation.


Interesting claim about the AA shells. What data do you have to back it up?

In this article which covers 8 bombings you don't get an impression of precision or restrain on part of the Saudi air force.



Pat, with you in spirit! The nearest bar is 4 miles off and you can't have alcohol on the beach I fish.

I will have to add this. In the summer, the beach is a favorite spot for young ladies wearing very small bikinis. Many of them in groups. It does make for interesting scenery while waiting for the fish to bite.

I would very much like to spend an afternoon talking to Claude over glasses of Jameson (no ice for me, please).

Even with my Unionist leanings regarding the WBS, it is still completely wrong to do this revisionist crap. I actually listed to a PETA member in New York claim that they had to change the names of all the rivers that ended in 'kill' (the old Dutch word for river) as it led to a lack of appreciation for fish.

I lived on Whitetail Drive in Ithaca. I guess it should have been 'Bambi/Thumper' Lane.


My favourite fish is King Oscar double row brisling in olive oil. Although just cleaned and grilled about 20 lbs of spots. that's a little good tasting fish. But oysters are my oysters. They had an all you care to eat special in Morehead City, NC but i was temperate and only had three helpings.

Not a big meat eater, i prefer stuff like pickled eggplant and okra. Now getting into black tea Kombucha and water kefir. I've got lots of it fermenting. My goal is to eventually get into distilling spirits. I got a mason jar of moonshine from two Special Forces guys last Summer that was just incredible! I want to make my own. Let's change that to, I fantasize of making my own. Hear that NSA, just fantasizing.

What i do for recreation is read the Col.'s blog and Amateur Radio. My call sign is NC1NC. I like to call a 2 meter net and do a simultaneous video stream on ustream. Getting ready to get feet wet on digital radio. You can talk all around the world, i know you can do that with Skype too- but that won't work during the Zombie Apocalypse.

I live next to two ocean fishing piers and have a lifetime fishing permit, but just don't have the patience to sit or stand around waiting for something to happen. I'd rather do my fishing at the fish market. haha


Whatever happened to "the zero problems" agenda? Was reading that Turkey ditched their neutrality when Stalin wanted to expand Soviet influence on how the passage to the Euxine (Black) Sea was managed. This is a big thing for Russians. Maybe if provoked enough, they"ll resuscitate Catherine the Great's Greek project- i.e. control over the polis of Constantine, now Istanbul.



"A former Navy captain" or a retired Navy captain? pl

David Habakkuk


Thanks for that.

You are probably familiar with the claims about Britain's role made by Roland Dumas, who was French Foreign Minister under Mitterand, back in June 2013 – the video is at


The summary:

'The war in Syria was planned years in advance, and the motive was to overthrow a regime that Israel regards as hostile, says former French Foreign Minister Roland Dumas. "I met with top British officials, who confessed to me that they were preparing something in Syria," said Dumas in a recent interview with French television LCP. "This operation goes way back. It was prepared, preconceived and organized ..." Responding to a question on the motive behind the war, which has claimed tens of thousands of lives, Dumas said, "Very simple! With the very simple aim! To overthrow the Syrian government, because in the region, it's important to understand, that this Syrian regime has a very anti-Israeli stance. Consequently, everything that moves in the region – and I have this from the former Israeli prime minister, who told me 'We'll try to get on with our neighboring states, but those who don't get along, we will take them down'."'

Unfortunately, I am not in a position to take a considered view on the reliability of Dumas as a witness, either about what British or Israeli figures have told him – it is the kind of matter on which Patrick Bahzad would have a considered view, and I am not really competent to judge.

However, if the claims made by Dumas are plausible, his account brings out rather well how completely the premises on which British foreign policy has been based have collapsed over the past months. None of the states which have been targets for 'regime change' projects on the part of the Likudniks have posed, or pose, intractable security problems for Britain.

The results of these projects – turning more and more of the Middle East into a happy hunting ground for jihadists, and creating massive pressures for emigration – quite patently do.

Incidentally, for reference, the RT report on which the 'Daily Times' piece to which you link is based is at https://www.rt.com/news/314852-assange-wikileaks-us-syria/ .


Nothing in the Intercept piece I disagree with. As Brigadier Ali said the Saudis have long exhausted military targets in Sanaa. I also distrust their ability to interpret intel and convert that into targeting information.

I'm just pushing against the idea that the Saudis are necessarily responsible for all civilian deaths.

Check this Amnesty report that says "A doctor at al-Thawra hospital, one of the largest public hospitals in Sana’a, told Amnesty International that the vast majority - around 90% - of war wounded patients admitted to the hospital had been injured by anti-aircraft fire."



Pat, thanks for the prompt. Jeff is retired. He commanded two separate warships out of Mayport before making 4 stripes. What he doesn't know about surf casting need not be known.


It appears that the feisty Yemenis have raided the Faridhah army base in Saudi Arabia, inflicting some damage on the Saudis.


David Habakkuk

I made a briefing trip to Europe once in which I briefed Andreotti in Rome and Roland Dumas at the Quai d'Orsay. Dumas was much the more impressive of the two. There is a scene in "Death Piled Hard" in which John Balthazar is briefed for his American mission. I was writing the book during that period and discussed the project with Dumas's PA while waiting. He told Dumas about it and the minister insisted on talking about it and then showing me around the foreign minister's offices so that I would get the details right. A gentleman. pl

Patrick Bahzad


Just as additional info, and in reply to DH asking about Dumas' credibility, there will always be people who will point out to Dumas' involvement with the Taiwan's arms contract and to his pro-Arab stance with regard to Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

However, on the issue of his statement about the plans for regime change in Syria, I can only join in PL's assessment about Dumas: he's a real gentleman.

More generally speaking, it's an open secret that contacts had been made and a number of preparations had been started way ahead of the first demonstrations in Daraa.

Some SAA defectors for example have stated publicly they had been in touch with foreign intel agencies for at least one year before it all kicked off.


Patrick Bahzad

"Some SAA defectors for example have stated publicly they had been in touch with foreign intel agencies for at least one year before it all kicked off." Yup. The revolt was "cooked" as part of a giant scheme and the true home address for the plot was I Riyadh. The Sauds saw their chance in the fantasy of the "Arab Spring" to advance their project for Wahhabi dominance in the Levant. the R2Pers were easily duped into supporting that. Obama is still duped. pl

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