Shellfish McToast? It's what's for breakfast. Start with a handful of clams and mussels left over from Sunday's Down East Clambake. Toast a slice of bread, cut in two (other half not shown) and slather on a little mayo. Pile bivalves onto toast, cover with other half and garnish plate with leftover cuke slices. Shellfish are worth about 10 calories apiece. That's 100, plus 100 for the bread and 40 for a tbsp of mayo. Cucumbers are 8 calories for a half cup of slices. That's a total of just under 250 for a delicious treat, the latest recipe in our Cold Turkey Cookbook. Tuck -- who wouldn't dream of having anything but cereal or eggs and bacon for breakfast -- asks: How long can you keep leftover clams? This is two days later. We used some in a Clammyssoise made from puréed leftover red potatoes and onions and chicken broth last night and will freeze the rest for future use. Update: Reader responses to above photo: "I was totally horrified," "Icky," "GROSS to look at," "You are what you eat?"
"[Soviet-bloc communists] asserted that a fish starts smelling from the head, and they did everything in their power to make the head of the Free World stink," writes Lt. Gen. Ion Mihai Pacepa in Opinion Journal. The highest-ranking KBG intelligence official ever to have defected from the Soviet bloc -- in his case, Romania -- Pacepa gives an insider's account of the unwitting assist our fellow citizens of the Useful Idiot community gave and continue to give the enemies of freedom. To this day they still don't seem to understand they're being used.
Sowing the seeds of anti-Americanism by discrediting the American president was one of the main tasks of the Soviet-bloc intelligence community during the years I worked at its top levels. This same strategy is at work today, but it is regarded as bad manners to point out the Soviet parallels . . .
The communist effort to generate hatred for the American president began soon after President Truman set up NATO and propelled the three Western occupation forces to unite their zones to form a new West German nation. We were tasked to take advantage of the reawakened patriotic feelings stirring in the European countries that had been subjugated by the Nazis, in order to shift their hatred for Hitler over into hatred for Truman -- the leader of the new "occupation power." Western Europe was still grateful to the U.S. for having restored its freedom, but it had strong leftist movements that we secretly financed. They were like putty in our hands.
The European leftists, like any totalitarians, needed a tangible enemy, and we gave them one. In no time they began beating their drums decrying President Truman as the "butcher of Hiroshima." We went on to spend many years and many billions of dollars disparaging subsequent presidents . . .
During the Vietnam War we spread vitriolic stories around the world, pretending that America's presidents sent Genghis Khan-style barbarian soldiers to Vietnam who raped at random, taped electrical wires to human genitals, cut off limbs, blew up bodies and razed entire villages. Those weren't facts. They were our tales, but some seven million Americans ended up being convinced their own president, not communism, was the enemy.
As Yuri Andropov, who conceived this dezinformatsiya war against the U.S., used to tell me, people are more willing to believe smut than holiness.
Our nuanced junior Senator John "The mystical war against communism" Kerry's anti-American 1971 Senate testimony regarding villages "razed" by our soldiers "in a fashion reminiscent of Genghis Khan" comes to mind.
Update: Sub Rosa blogbuddy Tom of Libertarian Leanings thinks our friends on the left side of the aisle know they're being used but have smaller fish to fry:
I think you are too kind to the Useful Idiot community. With the Democratic leadership in particular, I think they know what's going on but they view it in terms of shared goals with our potential allies. So what if they happen to be our enemies at the moment. Our Useful Idiot Democratic leaders see themselves as the ones in the driver's seat.
The mainstream press has done a spectacular job of turning treason into just another point of view.
The Democrats' awareness of what's going on is debatable, but there's no question they see themselves as the ones in the driver's seat, aided and abetted by their fellow travelers in the mainstream press.
Update II: Pajamas Media links.
Back in 2004, Ion Mihai Pacepa was asking this very question, "Where did Kerry get his material?" . . . what Kerry said in his 1971 Senate testimony was almost exactly like the disinformation line that the Soviets were sowing worldwide.
Only more nuanced.