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An American president has become a cartoon hero or villain. Like Obama, Trump is an inconsequential yet lurid target for worshippers and detractors to unload emotions. As we rejoice or rage at this figurehead, the Military Banking Complex will continue to serve the elites at our expense.

Our economy will keep cratering, and our poor won’t stop killing and dying in foreign lands on phony pretexts. Trumping Trump, Obama promised such a sane and peaceful future, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. As he cynically presided over eight years of continuous war on multiple fronts, killing hundreds of thousands, Obama’s fans never flinched. Though no servant of Israel can ever deliver peace, Trump will really stop war, the Trumpians insist.

Trump’s inauguration is merely hours away. Wearing a hoodie to keep warm, I sit at my kitchen table typing this. Should I be finished by dawn, I may reward myself with a trip to Ray’s Happy Birthday Bar, just down the street. It opens at 7AM to serve those who have worked all night. Walking in, I may see hospital, restaurant and factory workers, those most likely to have voted for Trump. It’s quite a sick irony that our economic bottom is drawn to a self-aggrandizing billionaire, with his uber rich cabinet.

Since Philly is such a Democratic city, Trump supporters tend to be discreet. Right after he won, however, 56-year-old Maria marched into Friendly Lounge to celebrate, “Of course I voted for Trump. I like a man with cojones! Many of my Dominican friends also voted for Trump.”

Maria’s ideal politician is Rafael Trujillo. Before he was assassinated, Trujillo killed more than 50,000 people over 30 years. Maria also condones torture as punishment. Watching television news in Friendly, she’d sometimes prescribe the most ghastly penalties for criminals. “She should have a red hot poker shoved up her vagina!”

Though John also voted for Trump, he’d rather not talk about our new president. In Friendly, John is always glued to the video blackjack, and practically nothing, not even a woman in heat, can pull the stolid man from his machine.

“How old are you, hon?”

“Fifty-eight. Too old for you.”

John is retired and does not seem short of cash. Sometimes, he’d buy the entire bar a round. I think John stays mum about Trump mostly to avoid aggravating Vernon, the black Vietnam vet. Just hearing the name makes Vern lose his composure. Even Melania is not spared.

“I’m going to hate this First Lady more than shit itself! She’s a bitch! She’s a piece of shit white trash! Supermodel my ass! She ain’t my fuckin’ supermodel! She ain’t my fuckin’ First Lady.”

When not apoplectic over politics, Vern is extremely kind. For example, he regularly brings TV dinners to Angelo, a man who lives out of his car and is always broke.

Peter, très gay, also voted for Trump. At Friendly, he’s always the loudest and most emotional. Sometimes he’d even weep into a paper towel. The hurt in Peter’s voice can erupt into a feeble rage that’s more comic than threatening. Beneath the abrasiveness is a soft, sweet man.

I’ve been with the same food service company for 22 years. I used to make $25 an hour, but now it’s down to 16.10, and they fuck you up the ass too!

I got so sick of it, I applied at just about every restaurant in CenterCity, but who would you hire, me or some 19-year-old?

I was living with this slum lord for seven years. I shared a house with four other people. I paid $400 a month. My room was the size of a napkin.

My housemates were filthy. When I went into the bathroom, I was afraid to step on the floor. The ceiling tiles were falling down. The wall tiles were falling out. It’s gross in there!

The kitchen was gross too. No one ever washed the dishes. I never used the kitchen. I had a little refrigerator in my room.

Last year, my landlord told me I had two days to get out. Luckily, a lady took me in, and the rent was reasonable. I’m so thankful for that.

I was two inches away from sleeping in the gutter. I was scared to death. I’m sixty-years-old. I don’t need this crap.

I knew a woman who lived with her three kids in a jungle gym in a park. Is this America?

I used to live on South Street. That was nice, but it’s gotten way too expensive. I lived next to the sneaker store. One day, I came home late and saw maybe 20 black guys trying to break into the sneaker store. They were really chimping out, you know. They were just black people acting like black people. It was like the Philadelphia Zoo! They were niggers, basically.

Sorry to be using the N word, and my best friend is black too, but these guys were niggers. I didn’t want to open my door and have them fuck me up the ass, so I called 911.

I used to hang out at the Westbury, and the bartender would come out and say, “Don’t stand there!” It’s because people would jump from the Parker Hotel. When I was 21, a guy landed on my boyfriend’s car. “Oh my God, there’s a dead guy on my car!”

When I was 57, I had a buddy who was 24. We did a lot of drugs together, but that’s all. He did more drugs than I did. He was writing a book, At Twenty-Four. I said, “If you keep this shit up, you won’t see 25,” and I was right.

ORDER IT NOW

When my dad died, I inherited an old car, but I didn’t need it, so I just parked it on the street. I didn’t even keep it locked because I didn’t want anybody to break into it. I knew people slept in it, though, because I found condoms.

You’re lucky to have somebody to go home to. I always had a lover, a boyfriend, but I haven’t had anybody in eleven years. And it’s not the, you know, but the support. I can’t just go home and say to somebody, “Bitch, I love you!”

Have you seen The Purge? In this movie, you have twelve hours once a year to do whatever the fuck you want. You can kill or rape anybody you want!

I think people have underestimated Trump. I’m not sure, but I really think something good will come of this. I think he’s going to use his global power to do some good. He might be good for this country. He can’t be any worse than what we’ve got right now. Personally, I’m bothered that I don’t have dental care. I’m being screwed over by Obamacare, and I don’t have any say in the matter. I work hard for a living. I’m doing the best I can to make ends meet. Yeah, I’m pissed off, but who am I going to call? Republican buster? Democrat buster? Nobody cares.

Linh Dinh’s Postcards from the End of America has just been released by Seven Stories Press. He maintains an active photo blog.

 
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  1. Linh,

    Another fascinating journey into the working class underclass which, God forbid, may be almost everybody’s class in the not so distant future.

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  2. ‘… Should I be finished by dawn, I may reward myself with a trip to Ray’s Happy Birthday Bar, just down the street. It opens at 7AM to serve those who have worked all night…’

    Somebody who doesn’t actually work shifts is going bar hopping in the early morning?

    I wonder why people here who claim they like his work aren’t planning an intervention. Oh well.

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    • Replies: @Uslabor
    What's it to you any other reader what Linh Dinh does?
  3. I highly doubt Trump will do anything. I’m more than welcome to be surprised though. I strongly believe that he’s hope and change 2.0 without even saying it. MAGA was his slogan to fool the sheeple.

    Nice article. The globalization of the world will further push us into this spiraling dystopian nightmare. We’ll be hearing more and more stories like Peter has said. This is just the effect of diversity though.

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  4. anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment

    Before he was assassinated, Trujillo killed more than 50,000 people over 30 years. Maria also condones torture as punishment. Watching television news in Friendly, she’d sometimes prescribe the most ghastly penalties for criminals. “She should have a red hot poker shoved up her vagina!”

    It’s the reason that the Dominican Republic doesn’t have a Haitian problem. They had a border, a fence (I think) and the will to keep Haiti in Haiti.

    And Haiti is Haiti and The DR is a reasonably, emerging market sort of economy.

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    • Replies: @Whoever
    Much of that killing occurred during "El Corte," the 1937 massacre of Haitians living in the Dominican Republic. The novels El Masacre Se Pasa a Pie and The Farming of Bones were both written about that horrific event and are both worth reading as part of an education on this wonderful species of ours.
    , @Zimriel
    I was thinking this too. Was it "True Lies"? "yes I killed many people, but they were all bad".

    Among those 50,000 people he bumped off, I'm sure there were some who weren't bad. But I've read Lothrop Stoddard on "Hayti" as he called it. I know what the Haitians did to the French who stayed behind - and I know it was almost all the Haitians who cheered it on.
  5. That Trump has appointed men and women of position and wealth to his cabinet is mandatory. Do you really think the Senate would confirm one of your ‘Obscured Americans’ to head a US government agency or even as a Deputy Undersecretary?

    Let’s get real here. You cannot hold a high position in the US government if you have a spotty employment history, been broke, had your driver’s license suspended, been busted for a drug offense or a hundred other disqualifying events many if not most Americans have experienced.

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    • Replies: @Hibernian
    The President doesn't have a binary choice between appointing the super-rich and appointing the subjects of Mr. Dinh's articles.
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    Dinh’s military banking vs Chibo’s <corporate-deep-state.

    Others I have read: industrial-military-security-surveillance-corporate-media complex; Wall Street-Washington complex.

    Pick your favorite. Mine are the 2nd and 4th.

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  7. Nobody cares.

    I got news for ya.

    It’s even worse than that. The pic, above, is worth a few hundred thousand words.

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  8. @Dan Hayes
    Linh,

    Another fascinating journey into the working class underclass which, God forbid, may be almost everybody's class in the not so distant future.

    Getting old and being poor…not recommended. I am glad we have LD here.

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  9. Getting old and being poor…not recommended. I am glad we have LD here.

    Agreed. It’s also not recommended to invest too heavily in The American Dream, or the morality of our rulers either.

    Carlin was correct, “It’s called a dream because ya hafta be asleep to believe it.”

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  10. Linh, thanks. My immediate reaction to your interviews with obscured Americans is often something like: “What a revolting character”. After a moment’s forehead-slapping I modulate that with something like: “Are Linh’s obscure Americans, powerless and angry, the enemy in the same way the well-scrubbed and soulless bureaucratic functionary or academic gamesman are the enemy?

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  11. Linh Dinh:

    “An American president has become a cartoon hero or villain. Like Obama, Trump is an inconsequential yet lurid target for worshippers and detractors to unload emotions. As we rejoice or rage at this figurehead, the Military Banking Complex will continue to serve the elites at our expense.

    Our economy will keep cratering, and our poor won’t stop killing and dying in foreign lands on phony pretexts. Trumping Trump, Obama promised such a sane and peaceful future, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. As he cynically presided over eight years of continuous war on multiple fronts, killing hundreds of thousands, Obama’s fans never flinched. Though no servant of Israel can ever deliver peace,”

    The above is the all too accurate observation by Dinh, that enables an insightful depiction of the state of the American People in 1984-er 2017.

    Dinh’s love emotion enables such beautiful and poetic writing, and reminds of Ernest Hemingway’s early short stories. Great writing is spurred by the attempt of brave writers to understand the costs of great events, from Napoleon’s invasion of Russia (Tolstoy’s War and Peace), the rise of Fascism and Stalinism, (Koestler’s Scum of the Earth), the defeat of the Spanish Republic (Orwell’s Homage to Catalonia), World War II, (Orwell’s 1984), and the rise of the great American Prison system, (Solzhenitsyn’s Gulag Archipelago), note the clever misdirection on the last example.

    Life for the American majority (the ex-middle class), is increasingly grim, as Post Constitutional and Post Republic America (since November 22, 1963), continues its political, economic, and moral, decline.

    Working night shift – on a decent paying Union Job – is not too bad when you are young, but, in the long haul, it separates you from your wife and children, and is not a good idea.

    I have a better idea! Let’s Restore the Republic!

    God Bless you Mr. Dinh, wherever you are!

    Durruti

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    • Replies: @woodNfish

    I have a better idea! Let’s Restore the Republic!
     
    What do you think Trump wants to do? LD wrote this before Trump even gave his inauguration speech, and his first paragraph is so far off the mark as to qualify as dystopian fantasy.
  12. First off, may I commend you on your superb comment?

    Second,

    Working night shift – on a decent paying Union Job – is not too bad when you are young, but, in the long haul, it separates you from your wife and children, and is not a good idea.

    Too few ‘Merkins seem to realize how true that is. Being a wage or tax slave are not a goals to strive for partly because they are dehumanizing and tend to disrupt, if not destroy, families and communities.

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  13. @jacques sheete
    First off, may I commend you on your superb comment?

    Second,

    Working night shift – on a decent paying Union Job – is not too bad when you are young, but, in the long haul, it separates you from your wife and children, and is not a good idea.
     
    Too few 'Merkins seem to realize how true that is. Being a wage or tax slave are not a goals to strive for partly because they are dehumanizing and tend to disrupt, if not destroy, families and communities.

    Which is the p0int isn’t it.

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    Which is the p0int isn’t it.
     
    Yup. At least it's one of the points.

    Too bad the idea dawns on so few.

  14. @Pandos
    Which is the p0int isn't it.

    Which is the p0int isn’t it.

    Yup. At least it’s one of the points.

    Too bad the idea dawns on so few.

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  15. @anon

    Before he was assassinated, Trujillo killed more than 50,000 people over 30 years. Maria also condones torture as punishment. Watching television news in Friendly, she’d sometimes prescribe the most ghastly penalties for criminals. “She should have a red hot poker shoved up her vagina!”

     

    It's the reason that the Dominican Republic doesn't have a Haitian problem. They had a border, a fence (I think) and the will to keep Haiti in Haiti.

    And Haiti is Haiti and The DR is a reasonably, emerging market sort of economy.

    Much of that killing occurred during “El Corte,” the 1937 massacre of Haitians living in the Dominican Republic. The novels El Masacre Se Pasa a Pie and The Farming of Bones were both written about that horrific event and are both worth reading as part of an education on this wonderful species of ours.

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    • Replies: @anon
    I can't argue. The numbers are unverifiable. Wikipedia (I know, I know) has an article on it.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parsley_massacre

    Do the exact numbers even matter? I concede he was willing to do whatever it took. And dictators will be dictators.

    Still, the DR per capita income of $15,940 is flanked by Costa Rica $16,142 and China $15,424.

    While Haiti weighs in at $1,784.

    I don't even know how you explain just how dismal Haiti has performed as a nation. And they have had their share of murderous dictators. Meanwhile the Dominican Republic gets a 'green' Freedom rating from someone or other. https://freedomhouse.org/report/freedom-world/2015/dominican-republic

    You can explain Haiti any way you want -- the outcomes have been awful.
    , @5371
    It seems that when Haitians get an unambiguous message to stay out, they stay out. That is good news.
  16. Linh,

    You are superb at taking the temperature and direct observation of individuals and small groups. As the above shows, you are vacuum taking about mega-phenomenon and Big Ideas. You should like a C- freshman college student. All trite, cliched, and from the “heart”, but it is feeling, not thinking. Your comments are embarrassing and self-denigrating.

    Stay away from bumper sticker pronouncements and personal opinions in the future, please, for you own good.

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  17. @unit472
    That Trump has appointed men and women of position and wealth to his cabinet is mandatory. Do you really think the Senate would confirm one of your 'Obscured Americans' to head a US government agency or even as a Deputy Undersecretary?

    Let's get real here. You cannot hold a high position in the US government if you have a spotty employment history, been broke, had your driver's license suspended, been busted for a drug offense or a hundred other disqualifying events many if not most Americans have experienced.

    The President doesn’t have a binary choice between appointing the super-rich and appointing the subjects of Mr. Dinh’s articles.

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    • Replies: @unit472
    Unfortunately, its not really true. While Trump can ( and did ) appoint people to his cabinet who were not super rich they did have previous experience at the top levels of the US government. The notion that Trump could appoint a regional sales manager at Chevron as Secretary of Energy or an airline pilot as Secretary of Transportation and get them confirmed would be ludicrous. It might be worth the effort though just to watch the media and Democrats heap execration and ridicule on Trump and the nominee for being insufficiently 'distinguished' and as an 'insult' to the Senate.
    , @Triumph104
    Do you mean that Amanda the ex-nurse wasn't even considered for Secretary of Health and Human Services?

    http://www.unz.com/ldinh/obscured-american-amanda-the-ex-nurse/
  18. I value your contributions and think I understand what you’re trying to say, but amid the sponsored astroturf panic (“we outnumber him — resist!” or “legitimacy”), this first paragraph is not acceptable.
    Trump didn’t promise dogs and cats living together. Trump is from the clique opposing the completely insane globalists (we could call them the sane globalists or the not completely insane globalists). Thus he will — uncomplicatedly and without hypocrisy or pretense — stop the wars that are the pet projects of that clique. That is good because those projects were abnormally bad and completely open-ended. Trump still totally has full license to start his own and that’s not a contradiction. If you think that the Neocon project to repair the world with cleansing fire and Soros terrorism is interchangeable with something like Granada or the First Gulf War, that is if what you object to is war itself, any war, period, then you are using childish expectations to fuel childish self-righteousness. One day you will look back at your efforts and see that they were selfish. This is a terrible and avoidable thing. Touch the hem of General Mattis’s marpat surplice and admit that war is both unavoidable, but an unacceptable evil if pursued stupidly or gratuitously as Power and Clinton and Perle and Wolfowitz did.

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  19. I’m with you guys! Brush your teeth three times a day with white vinegar and baking soda (if you can stand it). I learned this from my grandmother (a bad flapper girl) who smoked and drank and survived the Great Depression with her teeth intact – she learned it from her grandmother. All best wishes!

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  20. @Hibernian
    The President doesn't have a binary choice between appointing the super-rich and appointing the subjects of Mr. Dinh's articles.

    Unfortunately, its not really true. While Trump can ( and did ) appoint people to his cabinet who were not super rich they did have previous experience at the top levels of the US government. The notion that Trump could appoint a regional sales manager at Chevron as Secretary of Energy or an airline pilot as Secretary of Transportation and get them confirmed would be ludicrous. It might be worth the effort though just to watch the media and Democrats heap execration and ridicule on Trump and the nominee for being insufficiently ‘distinguished’ and as an ‘insult’ to the Senate.

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  21. anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @Whoever
    Much of that killing occurred during "El Corte," the 1937 massacre of Haitians living in the Dominican Republic. The novels El Masacre Se Pasa a Pie and The Farming of Bones were both written about that horrific event and are both worth reading as part of an education on this wonderful species of ours.

    I can’t argue. The numbers are unverifiable. Wikipedia (I know, I know) has an article on it.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parsley_massacre

    Do the exact numbers even matter? I concede he was willing to do whatever it took. And dictators will be dictators.

    Still, the DR per capita income of $15,940 is flanked by Costa Rica $16,142 and China $15,424.

    While Haiti weighs in at $1,784.

    I don’t even know how you explain just how dismal Haiti has performed as a nation. And they have had their share of murderous dictators. Meanwhile the Dominican Republic gets a ‘green’ Freedom rating from someone or other. https://freedomhouse.org/report/freedom-world/2015/dominican-republic

    You can explain Haiti any way you want — the outcomes have been awful.

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  22. @anon

    Before he was assassinated, Trujillo killed more than 50,000 people over 30 years. Maria also condones torture as punishment. Watching television news in Friendly, she’d sometimes prescribe the most ghastly penalties for criminals. “She should have a red hot poker shoved up her vagina!”

     

    It's the reason that the Dominican Republic doesn't have a Haitian problem. They had a border, a fence (I think) and the will to keep Haiti in Haiti.

    And Haiti is Haiti and The DR is a reasonably, emerging market sort of economy.

    I was thinking this too. Was it “True Lies”? “yes I killed many people, but they were all bad”.

    Among those 50,000 people he bumped off, I’m sure there were some who weren’t bad. But I’ve read Lothrop Stoddard on “Hayti” as he called it. I know what the Haitians did to the French who stayed behind – and I know it was almost all the Haitians who cheered it on.

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  23. @Whoever
    Much of that killing occurred during "El Corte," the 1937 massacre of Haitians living in the Dominican Republic. The novels El Masacre Se Pasa a Pie and The Farming of Bones were both written about that horrific event and are both worth reading as part of an education on this wonderful species of ours.

    It seems that when Haitians get an unambiguous message to stay out, they stay out. That is good news.

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  24. I just came across this on Gallup.com. I either never noticed it, paid attention to it before on their website, or they have just in recent years started reporting these real numbers. I had not checked their website for maybe -/+ 2 years till today. Amazing!

    Real Unemployment 9.2%

    Real Unemployment – Department of Labor (U-6)

    Widely reported unemployment metrics in the U.S. do not accurately represent the reality of joblessness in America. [emphasis added]

    For example, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) does not count a person who desires work as unemployed if he or she is not working and has stopped looking for work over the past four weeks. Similarly, the BLS does not count someone as unemployed if he or she is, for instance, an out-of-work engineer, construction worker or retail manager who performs a minimum of one hour of work a week and receives at least $20 in compensation.
    [...]

    Good jobs are essential to a thriving economy, a growing middle class, a booming entrepreneurial sector and, most importantly, human development.
    [emphasis added]

    http://www.gallup.com/poll/189068/bls-unemployment-seasonally-adjusted.aspx

    FactCheck.org ” on the other hand reported this in July:

    Unemployment Rate — Meanwhile the unemployment rate has ticked down since our last report to 4.9 percent in June. It had dropped even lower — to 4.7 percent — in May.

    It’s now 2.9 percentage points lower than it was in January 2009, when the president first took office in the midst of the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. The economic crisis drove the unemployment rate to 10 percent within months of Obama’s first entering office.

    The jobless rate is now significantly lower than the historical norm. In all the months between 1948 and the time Obama took office, the median jobless rate was 5.5 percent.

    http://www.factcheck.org/2016/07/obamas-numbers-july-2016-update/

    Good for/on Gallup, for reporting these real unemployment numbers!

    The Big Lie: 5.6% Unemployment

    February 3, 2015 Jim Clifton is Chairman and CEO at Gallup.

    http://www.gallup.com/opinion/chairman/181469/big-lie-unemployment.aspx

    I hear all the time that “unemployment is greatly reduced, but the people aren’t feeling it.” When the media, talking heads, the White House and Wall Street start reporting the truth — the percent of Americans in good jobs; jobs that are full time and real — then we will quit wondering why Americans aren’t “feeling” something that doesn’t remotely reflect the reality in their lives. And we will also quit wondering what hollowed out the middle class.

    Interview with Jim Clifton

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    • Replies: @Alfred1860
    That a sub-5% unemployment rate is an utter fabrication should be obvious to anyone with a pulse. I think 9.2% is still well below the true rate. If you look at the labour participation rate chiefly, but also any other raw number (i.e. median household income, home ownership rate, SNAP, etc.) the Shadowstats figure of ~22% is not unreasonable. His (John Williams) figures for inflation are also a better approximation of reality than the bullshit CPI.
  25. An American president has become a cartoon hero or villain. Like Obama, Trump is an inconsequential yet lurid target for worshippers and detractors to unload emotions. As we rejoice or rage at this figurehead, the Military Banking Complex will continue to serve the elites at our expense.

    Our economy will keep cratering, and our poor won’t stop killing and dying in foreign lands on phony pretexts. Trumping Trump, Obama promised such a sane and peaceful future, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. As he cynically presided over eight years of continuous war on multiple fronts, killing hundreds of thousands, Obama’s fans never flinched. Though no servant of Israel can ever deliver peace, Trump will really stop war, the Trumpians insist.

    So obvious ain’t it? Yet people here will argue against this, then laud their IQ and their alma mater.

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    • Replies: @woodNfish
    Nothing obvious about it at all, it is just LD's negative opinion. LD, like you and many others hasn't bothered to even give Trump a chance. He;s been in office 3 days, and two of those were the weekend - which Trump worked through by the way. Everyone who knows Trump has said he is a tireless worker, now you know it is true. It has taken over 40 years to make a mess of this country and 8 years for obama to really fuck up everything, and you buttheads can't even give Trump one day to get started on fixing this mess. If you want to know what he is dealing with, I suggest you read Peggy Noonan's latest piece that pretty much outlines what he is up against. If you want our country back you could at least quit your bitching and give the man a chance.

    Normally a new president has someone backing him up, someone publicly behind him. Mr. Obama had the mainstream media—the big broadcast networks, big newspapers, activists and intellectuals, pundits and columnists of the left—the whole shebang. He had a unified, passionate party. Mr. Trump in comparison has almost nothing...

    The new president has gradations of sympathy, respect or support from exactly one cable news channel, and some websites. - Peggy Noonan
     
    Despite the fact the dumb bitch thinks Trump's millions of supporters are "almost nothing", she is correct in that the establishment, media, and the deep state are all against Trump. So lighten' up, and give him some space to operate!
  26. @Durruti
    Linh Dinh:

    "An American president has become a cartoon hero or villain. Like Obama, Trump is an inconsequential yet lurid target for worshippers and detractors to unload emotions. As we rejoice or rage at this figurehead, the Military Banking Complex will continue to serve the elites at our expense.

    Our economy will keep cratering, and our poor won’t stop killing and dying in foreign lands on phony pretexts. Trumping Trump, Obama promised such a sane and peaceful future, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. As he cynically presided over eight years of continuous war on multiple fronts, killing hundreds of thousands, Obama’s fans never flinched. Though no servant of Israel can ever deliver peace,"

    The above is the all too accurate observation by Dinh, that enables an insightful depiction of the state of the American People in 1984-er 2017.

    Dinh's love emotion enables such beautiful and poetic writing, and reminds of Ernest Hemingway's early short stories. Great writing is spurred by the attempt of brave writers to understand the costs of great events, from Napoleon's invasion of Russia (Tolstoy's War and Peace), the rise of Fascism and Stalinism, (Koestler's Scum of the Earth), the defeat of the Spanish Republic (Orwell's Homage to Catalonia), World War II, (Orwell's 1984), and the rise of the great American Prison system, (Solzhenitsyn's Gulag Archipelago), note the clever misdirection on the last example.

    Life for the American majority (the ex-middle class), is increasingly grim, as Post Constitutional and Post Republic America (since November 22, 1963), continues its political, economic, and moral, decline.

    Working night shift - on a decent paying Union Job - is not too bad when you are young, but, in the long haul, it separates you from your wife and children, and is not a good idea.

    I have a better idea! Let's Restore the Republic!

    God Bless you Mr. Dinh, wherever you are!

    Durruti

    I have a better idea! Let’s Restore the Republic!

    What do you think Trump wants to do? LD wrote this before Trump even gave his inauguration speech, and his first paragraph is so far off the mark as to qualify as dystopian fantasy.

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    • Replies: @Durruti
    woodNfish

    You wrote: "LD wrote this before Trump even gave his inauguration speech, and his first paragraph is so far off the mark as to qualify as dystopian fantasy."

    Dinh's first paragraph:

    "An American president has become a cartoon hero or villain. Like Obama, Trump is an inconsequential yet lurid target for worshippers and detractors to unload emotions. As we rejoice or rage at this figurehead, the Military Banking Complex will continue to serve the elites at our expense."

    I see no "dystopian fantasy" here. You may deny that " the Military Banking Complex will continue to serve the elites at our expense." You may be correct in your denial; although I believe Dinh is correct. Casino Trump's previous life history gives no clues or evidence of his possessing an independent pro Democratic Republic orientation.

    This is one difference I have with you -- in which I would hope to be incorrect, and you correct. You wish that the twice Bankrupt Casino operator and Real Estate speculator, and long time friend of the murderous Clintons, will somehow restore our Republic, our nation's Sovereignty, our Economy, and our Liberty, all without We the People having to lift a finger.

    Respect All! Bow to None!

    For the Republic!

    , @bluedog
    I don't know what Trump wants to do for I don't even think Trump knows what he wants to do,for first its better relations with Russia while his hand pick cabinet say well maybe not, and Trump echo's that ,then its Murder Inc. otherwise known as the C.I.A. he led people to believe he was going to take the broom to it and clean it out, well until he made one of his first meeting with yep Murder Inc. saying I'm behind you 1,000%,so who knows what Trump will do, but one things for sure you aren't going to like it as some states now want to outlaw protest and I wonder when the axe will fall on what little freedoms we do have let..
  27. @Truth

    An American president has become a cartoon hero or villain. Like Obama, Trump is an inconsequential yet lurid target for worshippers and detractors to unload emotions. As we rejoice or rage at this figurehead, the Military Banking Complex will continue to serve the elites at our expense.

    Our economy will keep cratering, and our poor won’t stop killing and dying in foreign lands on phony pretexts. Trumping Trump, Obama promised such a sane and peaceful future, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. As he cynically presided over eight years of continuous war on multiple fronts, killing hundreds of thousands, Obama’s fans never flinched. Though no servant of Israel can ever deliver peace, Trump will really stop war, the Trumpians insist.
     
    So obvious ain't it? Yet people here will argue against this, then laud their IQ and their alma mater.

    Nothing obvious about it at all, it is just LD’s negative opinion. LD, like you and many others hasn’t bothered to even give Trump a chance. He;s been in office 3 days, and two of those were the weekend – which Trump worked through by the way. Everyone who knows Trump has said he is a tireless worker, now you know it is true. It has taken over 40 years to make a mess of this country and 8 years for obama to really fuck up everything, and you buttheads can’t even give Trump one day to get started on fixing this mess. If you want to know what he is dealing with, I suggest you read Peggy Noonan’s latest piece that pretty much outlines what he is up against. If you want our country back you could at least quit your bitching and give the man a chance.

    Normally a new president has someone backing him up, someone publicly behind him. Mr. Obama had the mainstream media—the big broadcast networks, big newspapers, activists and intellectuals, pundits and columnists of the left—the whole shebang. He had a unified, passionate party. Mr. Trump in comparison has almost nothing…

    The new president has gradations of sympathy, respect or support from exactly one cable news channel, and some websites. – Peggy Noonan

    Despite the fact the dumb bitch thinks Trump’s millions of supporters are “almost nothing”, she is correct in that the establishment, media, and the deep state are all against Trump. So lighten’ up, and give him some space to operate!

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    With all due respect Bro., for the sake of all that is good, OPEN YOUR #$%^&*@ EYES!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rxB-BmvDb-g
  28. @woodNfish
    Nothing obvious about it at all, it is just LD's negative opinion. LD, like you and many others hasn't bothered to even give Trump a chance. He;s been in office 3 days, and two of those were the weekend - which Trump worked through by the way. Everyone who knows Trump has said he is a tireless worker, now you know it is true. It has taken over 40 years to make a mess of this country and 8 years for obama to really fuck up everything, and you buttheads can't even give Trump one day to get started on fixing this mess. If you want to know what he is dealing with, I suggest you read Peggy Noonan's latest piece that pretty much outlines what he is up against. If you want our country back you could at least quit your bitching and give the man a chance.

    Normally a new president has someone backing him up, someone publicly behind him. Mr. Obama had the mainstream media—the big broadcast networks, big newspapers, activists and intellectuals, pundits and columnists of the left—the whole shebang. He had a unified, passionate party. Mr. Trump in comparison has almost nothing...

    The new president has gradations of sympathy, respect or support from exactly one cable news channel, and some websites. - Peggy Noonan
     
    Despite the fact the dumb bitch thinks Trump's millions of supporters are "almost nothing", she is correct in that the establishment, media, and the deep state are all against Trump. So lighten' up, and give him some space to operate!

    With all due respect Bro., for the sake of all that is good, OPEN YOUR #$%^&*@ EYES!

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    • Replies: @woodNfish
    Want we want has begun, but it is going to take some time:

    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/01/23/jay-h-lehr-beginning-end-epa/


    There is plenty more out there if you look for it. Brietbart is a good place to look. The stock market is up, that is positive. Businesses are hiring and announcing new domestic projects - all good. Sorry to quote a cliche, but Rome wasn't built in a day. LD, Fred Reed and others are just stirring the pot to keep your eyeballs on their pages. If you're getting agitated stop letting them play you.
  29. Can’t watch the video at work, but I can see the title. I also want HRC in prison, but as I said, give Trump some space. He has to build a structure so he can deliver on his promises. You people are just getting yourselves worked up for no reason. Trump isn’t a dictator, he can’t just issue decrees and have them carried out. Cool your jets, bud.

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  30. @Truth
    With all due respect Bro., for the sake of all that is good, OPEN YOUR #$%^&*@ EYES!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rxB-BmvDb-g

    Want we want has begun, but it is going to take some time:

    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/01/23/jay-h-lehr-beginning-end-epa/

    There is plenty more out there if you look for it. Brietbart is a good place to look. The stock market is up, that is positive. Businesses are hiring and announcing new domestic projects – all good. Sorry to quote a cliche, but Rome wasn’t built in a day. LD, Fred Reed and others are just stirring the pot to keep your eyeballs on their pages. If you’re getting agitated stop letting them play you.

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    My friend, unfortunately, you live a galaxynso far away from the real world, that you are invisible even by the Hubble telescope.

    There are no "presidents", just a series of buffoons that pretend, every 4 years, to run for a make believe job.

    Things don't significantly change because YOUR slave masters like them, and if, by the off a chance they do; frying pan - fire.
  31. @woodNfish

    I have a better idea! Let’s Restore the Republic!
     
    What do you think Trump wants to do? LD wrote this before Trump even gave his inauguration speech, and his first paragraph is so far off the mark as to qualify as dystopian fantasy.

    woodNfish

    You wrote: “LD wrote this before Trump even gave his inauguration speech, and his first paragraph is so far off the mark as to qualify as dystopian fantasy.”

    Dinh’s first paragraph:

    “An American president has become a cartoon hero or villain. Like Obama, Trump is an inconsequential yet lurid target for worshippers and detractors to unload emotions. As we rejoice or rage at this figurehead, the Military Banking Complex will continue to serve the elites at our expense.”

    I see no “dystopian fantasy” here. You may deny that ” the Military Banking Complex will continue to serve the elites at our expense.” You may be correct in your denial; although I believe Dinh is correct. Casino Trump’s previous life history gives no clues or evidence of his possessing an independent pro Democratic Republic orientation.

    This is one difference I have with you — in which I would hope to be incorrect, and you correct. You wish that the twice Bankrupt Casino operator and Real Estate speculator, and long time friend of the murderous Clintons, will somehow restore our Republic, our nation’s Sovereignty, our Economy, and our Liberty, all without We the People having to lift a finger.

    Respect All! Bow to None!

    For the Republic!

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    Hi Durruti,

    I see no “dystopian fantasy” here.
     
    We will have to disagree on that.

    Trump may have rubbed elbows with the Clinton's as a private businessman, but I don't think they were ever "friends". I have never heard or read of Trump saying they were friends. I did hear him say at one of the debates that the reason HRC was at his daughters wedding was because he PAID her to be there.

    There is no doubt that Trump played the games he had to play with the government pricks, et al, in order to do business. He has said all along he knows more about negotiating with domestic and foreign leaders than anyone he was running against, and I have always believed he was telling the truth. Trump also knows they are bottom dwelling scum who always have their hands out, and he hasn't made any secret of it. You don't get to be a billionaire by being a fool, especially if you are a real estate developer in NYC.

    You do seem to have a problem with the fact that Trump has used the legal system of bankruptcy in some of his businesses. Maybe you don't realize that 4 out of 5 new businesses go belly up every year. It is very difficult to start, run, and sustain a successful business. Trump has had more successes than failures. I don't hold his bankruptcies against him, and the only reason you do is because all his businesses have his name on them. You'd probably think differently if he called them something that isn't personally identified with him, like "New York Development". It is a weapon the Left likes to use against him. Quit helping them.

    And yes, I am optimistic about Trump. Everyone I hate hates him, so he must be great. Also the head plantation nigger is gone and that is worth celebrating all on its own.
  32. @Durruti
    woodNfish

    You wrote: "LD wrote this before Trump even gave his inauguration speech, and his first paragraph is so far off the mark as to qualify as dystopian fantasy."

    Dinh's first paragraph:

    "An American president has become a cartoon hero or villain. Like Obama, Trump is an inconsequential yet lurid target for worshippers and detractors to unload emotions. As we rejoice or rage at this figurehead, the Military Banking Complex will continue to serve the elites at our expense."

    I see no "dystopian fantasy" here. You may deny that " the Military Banking Complex will continue to serve the elites at our expense." You may be correct in your denial; although I believe Dinh is correct. Casino Trump's previous life history gives no clues or evidence of his possessing an independent pro Democratic Republic orientation.

    This is one difference I have with you -- in which I would hope to be incorrect, and you correct. You wish that the twice Bankrupt Casino operator and Real Estate speculator, and long time friend of the murderous Clintons, will somehow restore our Republic, our nation's Sovereignty, our Economy, and our Liberty, all without We the People having to lift a finger.

    Respect All! Bow to None!

    For the Republic!

    Hi Durruti,

    I see no “dystopian fantasy” here.

    We will have to disagree on that.

    Trump may have rubbed elbows with the Clinton’s as a private businessman, but I don’t think they were ever “friends”. I have never heard or read of Trump saying they were friends. I did hear him say at one of the debates that the reason HRC was at his daughters wedding was because he PAID her to be there.

    There is no doubt that Trump played the games he had to play with the government pricks, et al, in order to do business. He has said all along he knows more about negotiating with domestic and foreign leaders than anyone he was running against, and I have always believed he was telling the truth. Trump also knows they are bottom dwelling scum who always have their hands out, and he hasn’t made any secret of it. You don’t get to be a billionaire by being a fool, especially if you are a real estate developer in NYC.

    You do seem to have a problem with the fact that Trump has used the legal system of bankruptcy in some of his businesses. Maybe you don’t realize that 4 out of 5 new businesses go belly up every year. It is very difficult to start, run, and sustain a successful business. Trump has had more successes than failures. I don’t hold his bankruptcies against him, and the only reason you do is because all his businesses have his name on them. You’d probably think differently if he called them something that isn’t personally identified with him, like “New York Development”. It is a weapon the Left likes to use against him. Quit helping them.

    And yes, I am optimistic about Trump. Everyone I hate hates him, so he must be great. Also the head plantation nigger is gone and that is worth celebrating all on its own.

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  33. @woodNfish

    I have a better idea! Let’s Restore the Republic!
     
    What do you think Trump wants to do? LD wrote this before Trump even gave his inauguration speech, and his first paragraph is so far off the mark as to qualify as dystopian fantasy.

    I don’t know what Trump wants to do for I don’t even think Trump knows what he wants to do,for first its better relations with Russia while his hand pick cabinet say well maybe not, and Trump echo’s that ,then its Murder Inc. otherwise known as the C.I.A. he led people to believe he was going to take the broom to it and clean it out, well until he made one of his first meeting with yep Murder Inc. saying I’m behind you 1,000%,so who knows what Trump will do, but one things for sure you aren’t going to like it as some states now want to outlaw protest and I wonder when the axe will fall on what little freedoms we do have let..

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  34. @bluedog
    I don't know what Trump wants to do for I don't even think Trump knows what he wants to do,for first its better relations with Russia while his hand pick cabinet say well maybe not, and Trump echo's that ,then its Murder Inc. otherwise known as the C.I.A. he led people to believe he was going to take the broom to it and clean it out, well until he made one of his first meeting with yep Murder Inc. saying I'm behind you 1,000%,so who knows what Trump will do, but one things for sure you aren't going to like it as some states now want to outlaw protest and I wonder when the axe will fall on what little freedoms we do have let..

    Bluedog, that’s just pure hysteria.

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  35. @woodNfish
    Want we want has begun, but it is going to take some time:

    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/01/23/jay-h-lehr-beginning-end-epa/


    There is plenty more out there if you look for it. Brietbart is a good place to look. The stock market is up, that is positive. Businesses are hiring and announcing new domestic projects - all good. Sorry to quote a cliche, but Rome wasn't built in a day. LD, Fred Reed and others are just stirring the pot to keep your eyeballs on their pages. If you're getting agitated stop letting them play you.

    My friend, unfortunately, you live a galaxynso far away from the real world, that you are invisible even by the Hubble telescope.

    There are no “presidents”, just a series of buffoons that pretend, every 4 years, to run for a make believe job.

    Things don’t significantly change because YOUR slave masters like them, and if, by the off a chance they do; frying pan – fire.

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    hey truth, if you don't care that you are so easily manipulated, who am I to try and change your mind? Enjoy your delusion.
  36. @Truth
    My friend, unfortunately, you live a galaxynso far away from the real world, that you are invisible even by the Hubble telescope.

    There are no "presidents", just a series of buffoons that pretend, every 4 years, to run for a make believe job.

    Things don't significantly change because YOUR slave masters like them, and if, by the off a chance they do; frying pan - fire.

    hey truth, if you don’t care that you are so easily manipulated, who am I to try and change your mind? Enjoy your delusion.

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  37. @FKA Max
    I just came across this on Gallup.com. I either never noticed it, paid attention to it before on their website, or they have just in recent years started reporting these real numbers. I had not checked their website for maybe -/+ 2 years till today. Amazing!

    Real Unemployment 9.2%

    Real Unemployment - Department of Labor (U-6)

    Widely reported unemployment metrics in the U.S. do not accurately represent the reality of joblessness in America. [emphasis added]

    For example, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) does not count a person who desires work as unemployed if he or she is not working and has stopped looking for work over the past four weeks. Similarly, the BLS does not count someone as unemployed if he or she is, for instance, an out-of-work engineer, construction worker or retail manager who performs a minimum of one hour of work a week and receives at least $20 in compensation.
    [...]

    Good jobs are essential to a thriving economy, a growing middle class, a booming entrepreneurial sector and, most importantly, human development.
    [emphasis added]
     
    - http://www.gallup.com/poll/189068/bls-unemployment-seasonally-adjusted.aspx

    ``FactCheck.org '' on the other hand reported this in July:

    Unemployment Rate — Meanwhile the unemployment rate has ticked down since our last report to 4.9 percent in June. It had dropped even lower — to 4.7 percent — in May.

    It’s now 2.9 percentage points lower than it was in January 2009, when the president first took office in the midst of the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. The economic crisis drove the unemployment rate to 10 percent within months of Obama’s first entering office.

    The jobless rate is now significantly lower than the historical norm. In all the months between 1948 and the time Obama took office, the median jobless rate was 5.5 percent.
     
    - http://www.factcheck.org/2016/07/obamas-numbers-july-2016-update/

    Good for/on Gallup, for reporting these real unemployment numbers!

    The Big Lie: 5.6% Unemployment

    February 3, 2015 Jim Clifton is Chairman and CEO at Gallup.

    http://www.gallup.com/opinion/chairman/181469/big-lie-unemployment.aspx

    I hear all the time that "unemployment is greatly reduced, but the people aren't feeling it." When the media, talking heads, the White House and Wall Street start reporting the truth -- the percent of Americans in good jobs; jobs that are full time and real -- then we will quit wondering why Americans aren't "feeling" something that doesn't remotely reflect the reality in their lives. And we will also quit wondering what hollowed out the middle class.
     
    Interview with Jim Clifton

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YcmyESah5L4

    That a sub-5% unemployment rate is an utter fabrication should be obvious to anyone with a pulse. I think 9.2% is still well below the true rate. If you look at the labour participation rate chiefly, but also any other raw number (i.e. median household income, home ownership rate, SNAP, etc.) the Shadowstats figure of ~22% is not unreasonable. His (John Williams) figures for inflation are also a better approximation of reality than the bullshit CPI.

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  38. @anony-mouse
    '... Should I be finished by dawn, I may reward myself with a trip to Ray’s Happy Birthday Bar, just down the street. It opens at 7AM to serve those who have worked all night...'

    Somebody who doesn't actually work shifts is going bar hopping in the early morning?

    I wonder why people here who claim they like his work aren't planning an intervention. Oh well.

    What’s it to you any other reader what Linh Dinh does?

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  39. @Hibernian
    The President doesn't have a binary choice between appointing the super-rich and appointing the subjects of Mr. Dinh's articles.

    Do you mean that Amanda the ex-nurse wasn’t even considered for Secretary of Health and Human Services?

    http://www.unz.com/ldinh/obscured-american-amanda-the-ex-nurse/

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