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Ea Kly, 2019

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During a late night layover in Minneapolis a decade ago, I found myself in a McDonald’s. Manning the cash register was a chubby black woman, and the ordering customer was a black flight attendant who was young, thin and pretty, how all American air stewardesses used to look, before the ageism lawsuits. In Asia, they’re still uniformly pleasing to the eyes. Help wanted ads in Vietnam often specify whether they want men or women, and in what age range. In this totalitarian state, people can hire whomever they want.

Under the harsh McDonald’s lights, the black women chattered. “You must have been many places!”


“Have you been to Las Vegas?”

“Many times,” she smiled.

“Wow! How about Miami?”

“I’ve been there too.”

At the adjacent cash register was another black woman. Looking in admiration at the air stewardess, she chimed in, “Have you been to Hawaii?”

“Yes, I’ve been to Hawaii. And what about you?” she asked both of them. “Where have you visited?”

“Well, I’ve been to Milwaukee a couple of times, and Chicago once.”

“I’ve also been to Chicago,” the chubby one said. “Your life is so exciting! I want to go to Las Vegas!”

“You will,” the air stewardess unconvincingly answered, took her Big Mac and walked away. Toiling for minimum wage, the other two looked on.

I was reminded of this airport scene when I talked to an Ea Kly woman this week. In her early 30’s, Hien is an employee at our plastic recycling plant.

Hearing me talk, she asked me, “Are you from Thai Binh?” All Vietnamese immediately try to locate your origin from your accent. How close are you to me? they want to know.

“No, but my father is from Nam Dinh,” one province over.

“I’m from Thai Binh, but I’ve lost my roots.”

“You don’t go back?”

“I’ve been there just once. The bus ride made me sick. I will never go back.”


“Never. I will never go anywhere again.” The mother of three smiled.

A Vietnamese would identify with his ancestral province or village, even if he’s never been there. Saigon-born, I still declare myself a person from Nam Dinh or, even more specifically, Bui Chu, as did a Philadelphian I met two years ago on Kensington Avenue. We established a bond.

A settler nation founded by immigrants, with thousands more arriving each day, the United States is populated by people who have forsaken their roots. Not only that, they’re reluctant to establish new ones, or prevented from doing so, in their new nation. Thanks to constant demographic upheaval across the land, hardly any American neighborhood, much less city, can retain its social identity for more than a generation.

Whitman sang of the open road, Kerouac free jazzed across America and the road movie has become an iconic genre in this seemingly endless land of mesmerizing mirages. Swooning, swaggering and flexing, Americans barrel down their once-well-paved, multi-laned freedom way, towards the always beckoning, sunset-lit horizon, right into an oceanic, paradisal grave, as Chinese belch, fart and laugh.

My hamlet, Ea Kly, is actually the United States writ tiny, for it was virgin land just four decades ago, according to the Vietnamese, although the Rade were already here, and it’s now overrun with outsiders. At our recycling plant, we have an old man, Cuc, who was among the earliest Vietnamese settlers. Since Cuc only makes eight bucks a day, one might expect the dark, wiry man to dwell in a simple shack, but no, it’s a well-built, high-ceilinged and reasonably spacious house for two, with a bit of land around it. The flat roof is an ample courtyard with concrete railing, and there’s a side veranda, though held up by just one pitifully thin Greek column.

Inside, the furniture is of a heavy wood. Invited into his living room, I stared at a framed photo of some impressive looking man in a military uniform, “Wow, who is this guy?”

“That’s me!”

“That’s you?! I thought it was some big shot!”

Laughing, Cuc flashed his many brown teeth.

“So where did you serve?” I asked.

“Right here. We fought the FULRO. We got rid of them all!” He grinned. “I’m lucky they didn’t send me to Cambodia. If a hundred men went, two came back. They killed us every which way, poisoned our food. I’m lucky.”

“So did you get land here for your military service?”

“Everybody got land. There was nothing here. If you were willing to clear the land, the government would give you a plot. I got extra land, though, because I had an uncle who was a colonel.”

Injuns vanquished, Cuc stumbles towards the grave in a place boasting nothing more than a dozen forlorn eateries and a newly opened plastic recycling plant. Three times a day, he sneaks into his funky bathroom to down quick shots of rice wine, away from his wife’s frown.

Sick of this no-horse town, his three kids have moved far away, and only return during Tet. In Cuc’s living room, their wedding photos angle down, crowding a framed, yellowing proverb, “A father’s labor is mountain sized, a mother’s love an endless stream.”

Ten years ago, Cuc parceled off two lots from his land, sold them to newcomers, but now knows he has jumped the gun. “Timing is everything,” Cuc rues, “and each man has his fate.” Long past his days of cradling an AK-47, pop popping away, Cuc stoops a little as he hauls bag after bag of plastic garbage.

Three years younger than Cuc, I look ancient enough, at least to the young, pretty women at our recycling plant. The current Miss Vietnam hails from a village just 20 miles away, and I can certainly attest that this area teems with lookers. Surrounded by plastic trash, one asked, “How old are you, uncle?”

“Fifty five.”

“But your eyesight is pretty bad, right?” They have all seen me squint at just about everything.

“Bad enough.”

“My father is three years younger than you, but he’s in great shape. It’s because he worked in the field all his life.”

Thinking too much doesn’t just wear down the mind, but body, soul and wallet, especially if done in 1984 America.

It takes centuries for a place to accrue gravity and resonance, where every stone remembers and every brick speaks, so Ea Kly is still very much an improvised frontier, but as new as this Vietnamese hamlet is, and it doesn’t get any newer, Ea Kly already feels more grounded than any American neighborhood I lived in, whether in Tacoma, Salem, San Jose, Annandale or even South Philadelphia, where I spent nearly three decades. One can easily spend a decade or two in an American place and not know anything about its past characters and anecdotes, so the only shared history one has is made up mostly of tales of exploits by corporate sport stars and favorite scenes from TV shows. Born into alienation, many Americans have never experienced anything but, so they bristle at mere suggestions that life can possibly be less virtual.

Instead of living locked-in lives drip-fed mostly by distant, brainwashing media, people in Ea Kly are constantly intertwined, whether at home, work or play, so all day long they rub against each other, and stories flow from each. Just parachuted in, I’ve heard confessions from the high school principal, a teacher, a driver, a cafe owner who used to sell insecticides and fertilizers, a wine distiller, a couple with a drink stand and a tiny tailor shop, and a bumbling plumber who’s just as inept at raising cows, etc. Thanks to the last, I was suddenly invited to a beef feast yesterday, for a calf of his had slipped down an embankment and choked on its own rope.

Each day, about five of us usually have lunch and dinner at the back of the recycling plant. Sitting on the floor, we share pork, fish and vegetable dishes, though last night, it was rice gruel with boiled chicken. After eating, I’d try to quickly sneak away, so I can type out my frazzled thoughts, such as made up this article, while everyone else watch television. If it’s a foreign movie, then they’re treated to fabulous scenes of wealth and glamor, such as, last night, dashingly beautiful people gambling in a San Francisco casino. (Never mind the fact that there are no casinos in San Francisco.) Next, the flick shifted to equally stunning Tokyo, where a man’s suit costs a year’s wage in dusty Ea Kly.

People here don’t know that folks in these advanced, slicked up places are more addicted to screens, gadgets, thumping noises, porn, pills, binge drinking and dope, and are actually more prone to suicide, for given a chance, many in Ea Kly would jump at a chance to be a manicurist in East St. Louis, or an old farts’ diaper changer in Nagoya. How can a much higher income go wrong?

Linh Dinh’s latest book is Postcards from the End of America. He maintains a regularly updated photo blog.

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  1. Just this morning I read an article in Zero Hedge about about the “Top Down” culture of China compared to the individualistic “Bottom Up” culture of the West. What you have written has filled in and fleshed out the oriental way very well and sketched the life as its live in the west.

    • Replies: @follyofwar
  2. Dear Mr. Dinh,

    Curious. WHY are you working in a plastics recycling plant? Did I miss something where your life blew up? I’ve been reading you and enjoying your tales for years, so this is kind of giving me whiplash–you travel all over the place, yet there you are in a no-horse town recycling garbage. What happened?

    I seriously want to know, and that the question is not too intrusive. Hope this is voluntary and that you and yours are well.


    • Replies: @Linh Dinh
    , @Linh Dinh
    , @Truth
  3. Linh Dinh says: • Website

    Hi Pissedoffalese,

    During my time in the US, I survived by house painting and house cleaning, mostly, then after I was published, I made money by giving talks and an occasional teaching gig. Book royalty income has been negligible. My wife and I lived minimally, and we owned no house, car or even a credit card. My traveling was mostly done through other people’s money, as when I was invited by Jonathan Revusky to spend a month in France and Spain last year. My recent trip to Japan was paid for by the Japanese publisher of my Postcards from the End of America. My last decade in the US, I depended on PayPal donations to survive, as my wife made less than minimum wage selling knock off purses in Philly. As my writing touched more taboo subjects, all the teaching and reading invitations dried up, so my wife insisted that we move back to Vietnam, a wise decision, as we’re getting older with nothing to our names.


  4. Linh Dinh says: • Website

    Hi Pissedoffalese,

    Recently, I was accused of being a racist, homophobe, transphobe, anti-Semite and advocate for the genocide of the Jews, so my 500-page-plus Collected Poems, about to be sent to the printer, has been postponed indefinitely and likely canceled, since its publisher is a professor, thus terrified of losing his soft job. My Obscured Americans book was under consideration at Seven Stories Press, but I’d bet that it’s canned also, since Seven Stories Press was recently forced to distance itself from me on Twitter.

    In many ways, I’m glad that my divorce from the American literary scene has become clear and final, with each side’s position crystal clear, for I believe I will be vindicated down the line. We’ll see who’s moral and principled, and who are the dishonest and cowardly collaborators with the mass murdering status quo.

    I talked about some of these issues when I was interviewed by Kevin Barrett recently.


  5. anon[115] • Disclaimer says:
    @Linh Dinh

    How did Linh get unofficially expelled from the American literary scene? “It happened step by step. I didn’t support Obama like everybody else. I’m not a Democrat, not a Republican—I’m neither. So it started there. And then I’d talk about 9/11. And I wrote articles about the Bin Laden assassination. I thought it was nonsense. There was no proof that anything happened

    agree with that

    it was very convenient for obongo that Bin Laden was suddenly found, captured and killed, and then his body dumped into the ocean

    • Replies: @The Alarmist
  6. AKAHorace says:


    I envy you. It sounds as if you are surrounded by a community in the way that we don’t have in the west. All the best.

    • Replies: @Linh Dinh
  7. Tusk says:

    Hi Linh,

    I visited Vietnam towards the end of 2016 to visit my father who had recently moved over, and now lives in Nga Bay. I was first struck by the beautiful native flora which I appreciated immensely, which was third on the great experiences after the food and the hospitality. As you discussed in you Oriental Ways piece that difference between the Western ‘help yourself’ mentality compared to the more Oriental ‘allow me’ in regards to serving was a pleasent surprise. Though I have spent time in other Asian countries such as Japan I found the Vietnamese way more aggressive, though not in a negative sense, but a more forward approach to make sure you were well taken care of.

    I see the whole bathroom design to be more practical than we have over here (in Australia) and it was definitely more esthetically pleasing to have a fully functional waterproof room instead of just some basic tiling to denote the possibility of water. My father recently discussed moving back here to be closer to family but I told him why bother? He is living off his savings which will last quite a while and built a house (1/4 of the price of here, plus built 3x as quick) so costs are neglible. He was interested in starting a business with his wife, I tell him coming back will be nothing but depressing with how meaningless life is in Western countries. Sure average household wealth is higher, but everything costs an arm and a leg, considerably worse here than in America, and who could pass up cheap beer. I believe a case of Heineken was $8 AUD converted at a local supermarket, compared to around $45 here.

    When weighing things up the overall lifestyle overseas is much better, less filled with endless media and artifical products, to me a more satisfying experience. I hope to come back sometime this year.

  8. Linh Dinh says: • Website

    Hi AKAHorace,

    In South Philly, I’d head to Friendly Lounge, but even in there, the music would be too loud, many people would watch whatever game’s on TV, the news, some stupid show or an old movie they’ve already seen many times. If I was alone with Kelly, the bartender, she’d be texting away, with her head down nearly all the time. As my buddy Felix Giordano can tell you, even when we’re with people, we’re more or less alone. About the only conversation we could squeeze out of anybody was at Pennsport Pub, when the go-go dancer would give us a minute of chatter at a time, at a premium!


    • Replies: @AKAHorace
    , @felix giordano
  9. Biff says:

    Help wanted ads in Vietnam often specify whether they want men or women, and in what age range. In this totalitarian state, people can hire whomever they want.

    Me and my wife get quite the giggle reading help wanted signs in SE Asia(Thailand). We used to have two restaurants back in the States, and the rules surrounding, well, not just hiring and firing, but really everything is staggering. And not to drift off topic, but the politics of food is mind blowing. There have been a few documentaries on Netflix, but it is still a very non-mainstream topic – such as how corporate power has completely taken over the food supply in the U.S.
    The average grocery store in the States has at least twenty thousand different labels adorning it’s shelves, but unknown to the gawking consumer, ten giant corporations(and their government minions) control 99% of it.
    Try to provide fresh milk to wanting customers in the wrong State could get you prison time. Label your product in such a way as to upset the corporate rulers, and you’ll be slapped with a law suit. And you won’t find Oprah, or anyone else nosing around a feed lot with a tv camera anymore.
    The monopolization of food was the first order of the day during the Bolshevik Revolution, and you know how that turned out.
    Here in Asia there are few if any laws surrounding food – it’s all freedom. We, moments ago, just got back from a market, that would violate every single health department rule the U.S. government could dream up – and they dream like no one else can. Freshly squeezed coconut milk sans refrigeration – oh the horror.
    Add the ability to select a beautiful young lady to serve your customers, and it’s cherry.


    • Replies: @Anonymous
  10. anon[210] • Disclaimer says:
    @Linh Dinh

    I talked about some of these issues when I was interviewed by Kevin Barrett recently.

    this was a good listen

    you mentioned that all of a sudden your emails got no response, what i notice is that some of the right wing podcasts i subscribe to and sometimes sign up for email notification, their emails are marked as spam. From what i hear the left mass reports people they don’t like to the email filtering organizations and their filters tag them as spam. I think this mostly happens to people who talk about jews so its probably actually jews that are mass reporting.

  11. sb says:
    @Linh Dinh

    I think people who can successfully claim refugee status get the short straw if they end up in the US

    • Replies: @Jeff Stryker
  12. Truth says:

    Curious. WHY are you working in a plastics recycling plant?

    Because the industrial paint factory didn’t have any openings.


    Hey, but seriously, Thurston Howell III, what do you have against hard work?

    • Replies: @Pissedoffalese
  13. republic says:


    that was a good interview with Barrett.

    It seems to me that you could easily get some type of academic position in Vietnam.

  14. @anon

    They didn’t give anyone a chance to inspect OBL’s cadaver for freezer-burn before dumping it in the drink; what’s suspicious about that?

  15. @Truth

    Oh, I have nothing against hard work, except I don’t want to DO any 🙂 But seriously, I just figured he was better set up, with all his writing and books and whatnot. Also, I could see him teaching English or something, just that what he’s doing didn’t seem like… well, HIM and thought he must have suffered some sort of calamity.

    But his explanation about him being called a racist, and anti-semite (that especially) makes total sense that all his income dried up. You can’t EVER write the truth or you’re unpersoned. That’s why I always like his writing–he’s fearless, and I hope he stays that way. Being as how he’s now irredeamable (sp?), no amount of grovelling will ever get him back into anyone’s good graces, so might as well carry on. I hope he does.

    If I had anything in common with Mr. Howell, I’d help him out, but I’m about as poor as it gets without living under a bridge, and I did THAT TOO, this summer, altho’ that was more due to the housing shortage in my area and getting evicted from the slum we were in prior.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  16. @Linh Dinh

    Anyone who has the guts to stand up to these filth is a true hero and patriot in my book. You will be vindicated. Unfortunately it will likely be after the US is turned smoking nuked out wasteland because stupid Americans led by chosenites allowed it.
    Thanks and keep up the good work.

    • Replies: @Wally
    , @Sic Semper
  17. Charles says:

    You are spot-on regarding how most Americans lack a home, meaning roots – that is, a physical location which is always “home” regardless of where one may live. I am very lucky to have that, and I have it because I was born in Appalachia, specifically southeastern Kentucky. There is a saying that all small towns and all big cities are the same, but however much true it ever was, that idea is being choked and beaten to death in our age. All cities, towns, burgs, ‘villes, or whatever they may be called are becoming a singular type of thing. I am grateful to have grown up in a time before it happened.

    • Replies: @Jeff Stryker
    , @Sic Semper
  18. unit472 says:

    People in the US had roots too. There wasn’t much immigration pre civil war save for the Irish so our population growth was of the indigenous variety. I know Annandale, Virginia too. It was all white up until the great wave of third world immigration began in the late 1960’s. I went to an all white high school in Fairfax County though there was a pocket of negroes the Fairfax school system had to send to Mt Vernon, there not being enough negroes in the entire county to have a black high school.

    Its amusing to hear a Vietnamese refugee complain of American rootlessness and changing neighborhoods as if this was something Americans did to themselves. No, you did it to us.

  19. swamped says:

    these thoughts are definitely “frazzled” alright which is at once both frustrating and revealing; but in the end it’s hard to make heads or tails of it, except for a few stray apercus. Guess Ea Kly couldn’t be too bad a place though if you can live in a “reasonably spacious house for two, with a bit of land around it” for only eight bucks a day. Try that in South Philly. But if everyone in Ea Kly just watches television all night, dreaming of ‘Frisco casinos “as Chinese belch, fart and laugh”, how far ahead are they?

    • Replies: @Jeff Stryker
    , @Stonehands
  20. @unit472


    Michigan and Illinois were a Canadian backwater until the Germans, Scandinavians, Slavs, Jews etc. moved there at the turn of the century. Minnesota was part of Canada until 1858, less than a decade before the Civil War.

    Northern industrialists brought us in to replace the Negros after Emancipation. It did not work out like it was supposed to because Irish-Catholics, Jews and to a lesser extent Italians took over quickly from the indigenous population. The same thing happened on the West Coast with Asians and reached its nadir (Or zenith) with Silicone Valley.

    This population expansion continued when the children of immigrants left the inner-city ethnic neighborhoods like my grandparents post WWII to move to the suburbs. When I was a young kid the West side of Ann Arbor was rural. Now it is a heavily populated exurb.

  21. @Charles


    This is because the North was developed by post-Civil War immigrants who kept moving further from the inner-cities.

    My own grandparents immigrated to Detroit Germantown and then moved to suburbs after World War II and my own parents moved further away from these suburbs to a bedroom community in Ann Arbor because by the 1970’s when I was born Detroit was a terrible place to raise kids.

    Northern migration goes like this. Irish families moves to ethnic Irish-Catholic neighborhood. It begins to turn into a ghetto. Irish-American kids move to suburbs. These suburbs then deteriorate. Their kids move to California or Florida or Arizona simply because the entire state is in recession.

    Any Southern transplant who drove up the I-23 will tell you that you cannot just sit around and safely be poor in a Northern urban state. If you are in a bad neighborhood, your safety is seriously affected. Eventually there will be a mugging or a home invasion. Your kids will get pummeled in public school and/or introduced to drugs in the seventh grade.

    White people in the North have to continue moving further and further away from the epicenter of crime as black or Mestizo populations increase.

    California is the worst example and middle-class whites, not to mention poor ones, simply moved out of the state.

    The problem in the North is that there are less and less places to go. You can commute 3 hours to work. People are having to drive 100 miles everyday to get to their jobs.

  22. Linh Dinh says: • Website

    You’re playing right into their hands, my man. Thanks to your cluelessness, America is as good as dead. You don’t know who are behind your dissolution, who wreak havoc overseas and at home, who are destroying you. You really think people like me could have done all that?

    • Agree: follyofwar, bluedog, Bill
  23. @swamped

    You’ve got it backwards.

    Asian has gotten safer and the standard of living has improved. The US has gotten poorer and more dangerous as the standard of living deteriorated. India is still horrendously poor but the number of people living on the street has decreased; San Francisco has now seen the number of people on the street increase until it looks like Mumbai.

    If you are white and poor in Asia, you are safe. If you are white and poor in the US, you are in far more danger. That is the reason poor older white men move to Southeast Asia. They are safer. And of course they can find a partner.

    Since I left the US exactly 20 years ago this June in 1999 the standard of living for white middle class working people has gone way way downhill. These days people cannot even afford to send their kids to college. If you had told me than any white besides hardcore juicers and addicts would end up living on the street in their car I would have told you it was economically impossible.

    Anyone who was out of the US for twenty years like myself would be aghast at how the standard of living seems to have declined for white people. Have a kid? Homeless. Graduated from college? No jobs.

    Meanwhile in Asia, the standard of living in the last 20 years has vastly improved. More people go hungry in the US than in Vietnam, I assure you.

    • Replies: @Sic Semper
  24. Wally says: • Website

    “Unfortunately it will likely be after the US is turned smoking nuked out wasteland because stupid Americans led by chosenites allowed it.”

    Not so fast:

    A Majority of Americans Do Not Believe the Official 9/11 Story

    Renouncement of the unsustainable ‘6M Jews & gas chambers’ lie is coming fast. The tide is turning.

    American Pravda: Holocaust Denial, by Ron Unz:
    Ron Unz: A Defender of Truth: The Remarkable Historiography of David Irving:

    • Replies: @2stateshmustate
  25. @sb

    Any Vietnamese in Australia would agree with you. Heck, American retirees MOVE to Vietnam.

    What is so puzzling about white Americans who are patriotic is that they don’t acknowledge that New Zealand and Australia and arguably Canada are much better countries. It is a fact.

    A Vietnamese immigrant to Australia can live in a nice suburb in Perth. A Vietnamese immigrant to the US lives in a ghetto until such time as they pack it in and return to their birthplace like Linh has.

  26. @Linh Dinh


    My wife owns an emporium and I sell lotto on the street outside. Because she belongs to the ethnic Chinese community, she is slightly better off than the average person here.

    Nobody cares who they buy lottery tickets from and I am not the only foreigner who gets by doing this.

    My mother was horrified that this what she and my father put me through college to do. Sell lottery tickets under an umbrella for $600 a week in a Chinatown.

    I explained that when it came down to it, I was much better off than I would be in the United States. In Arizona I lived off credit cards, worked ridiculous hours and was still in harm’s way of the Cholos and redneck tweakers that roamed the landscape at that time.

    The house I built (Myself and two local guys I hired) for $40,000 is better than sharing an apartment with bachelor pigs on the periphery of the barrio or the ghetto. In fact a house of the same size with tile floors and copper pipes would cost half a million in the US.

    We keep coming back to the same thing which is that Hoodrats, Cholos and white trash tweakers make poverty in the US unbearable. Even if you can accept being destitute, at least in Asia there are not random and vicious attacks of a racial nature or desperate robberies/begging by the “cranksters” (Maybe Opoid addicts have replaced them).

    When I blogged at the now-defunct RETURN OF KINGS they would often say that Asia was “dirt world” but in fact the average white in a trailer park or low-income housing is now more or less living in an internal third world.

    What amazes me personally is that Americans do not seem to notice how much their standard of living has declined since the Clinton era. I don’t know whether it was Bush’s stupid wars or NAFTA or outsourcing or some combination of these and 1000 other components but the standard of living in the US for working middle class people has declined incredibly. IF it declined at the same rate for another 20 years, it would be as bad as India is now.

    Common or garden Americans don’t seem to notice this until they enter their fifties.

  27. Biff says:

    Its amusing to hear a Vietnamese refugee complain of American rootlessness and changing neighborhoods as if this was something Americans did to themselves. No, you did it to us.

    So what you are saying is refugees can write American laws, set immigration policies, start wars, control the Navy, have access to the treasury, and have political lobbies?
    Do they also wear a cape?

  28. @Jeff Stryker

    DEAR MR LINH-These are the expat jobs I have done in Asia

    Co-owner/share partner in a Negros, Philippines girly bar. Also night manager. This job was depressing and dangerous.

    Philippine film extra (Short time gig but well-paying)

    Job recruiter for US company

    Manager of a medical tourism company (The owner moved operations to Costa Rica)

    BBQ Restaurant Owner (Failed)

    Lottery dealer. This is a fairly good gig.

  29. @2stateshmustate

    “Anyone who has the guts to stand up to these filth is a true hero and patriot in my book. You will be vindicated. Unfortunately it will likely be after the US is turned smoking nuked out wasteland because stupid Americans led by chosenites allowed it.
    Thanks and keep up the good work.”

    Truer words have never been written. And all this time I thought it was the “evil white man” who was the target of talmudic terror and rage for daring speak truth.

    The whole ivy league discrimination against asians begins making more sense now. Talmudics work to repress any peoples they know are more capable and owe them nothing.

  30. @Charles

    Those of us who had homes in “America” are feverishly worked against. Our multi-generational owned businesses are taxed and fined to death, making it so onerous that we cannot in the end even keep the buildings to rent. There are far more deserving people who can launder money through them than the despised group who owned and worked them for three generations.

    Our neighborhoods are flooded by talmudics who are protected in every way possible as they commit lucrative crimes and outrages. In the end they tell us that we are lazy and stupid and do not belong in THEIR neighborhood.

    A talmudicized bureaucracy works feverishly to turn the unclean meat into landless serfs will will beg for a few scraps of chewed gefilte fish and a stale bagel once they are broken.

    All Palestinianized American cities are showing the same pattern now. As the inhabitants are forced from their homes in a new Grapes of Wrath, they are finding fewer and fewer places to go. Like “Whites” in South Africa, there is increasingly no refuge left. When it is found, the talmudics work feverishly to “diversify” like Minneapolis.

    • Replies: @jacques sheete
    , @Charles
  31. @Jeff Stryker

    “If you had told me than any white besides hardcore juicers and addicts would end up living on the street in their car I would have told you it was economically impossible.”

    You are absolutely correct. In the transformed America, starting under the Clinton Crime family but racing along these past 26 years – one can do everything right, study in school, have a work ethic, come from some wealth and own property – only to be on the cusp of one day being homeless.

    Career paths are sealed off for so many based on being a non- preferred race and religion. The money you do save is rendered worthless due to inflation, “your” government seizes 60% of your income via taxes to pay for their largesse to others. The home you own is not your own – you rent it and your rent goes up 10% a year as do the utilities thanks to taxes and social justice. But hey, I have my white privilege –

    And when the talmudic occupied government decides your home is too nice for you, they will really make your life miserable.

    In the end we will own nothing, have nothing and be nothing with according to the architects of our plight – only ourselves to blame – so we can take up a recreational methamphetamine “escape” until we kill ourselves.

    • Replies: @Jeff Stryker
    , @Sparkon
  32. @unit472

    No, you did it to us.

    No. We stupid goyim did it to ourselves. Naive, ignorant, dupes, suckers, marks, fools, gulls, dreamers for the most part.

  33. @Sic Semper

    You are correct on all counts and what shocks, amazes and depresses me is the level of denial about it.

    But never mind, (fill in the blank) is gonna save us, all we gotta do is vote for he/she or it, and things will magically improve! Yup.

  34. A settler nation founded by immigrants, with thousands more arriving each day, the United States is populated by people who have forsaken their roots. Not only that, they’re reluctant to establish new ones, or prevented from doing so, in their new nation.
    Born into alienation, many Americans have never experienced anything but, so they bristle at mere suggestions that life can possibly be less virtual.

    My roots in Chicago go back to the 1880’s. Chicagoans are proud of their city and have a deep connection to the neighborhood that they came from. So much so that, even if they move away say to the suburbs or San Diego, many will still fly the Chicago flag or have a mock set up on their front lawn of a Chicago street sign showing the corner where they came from. One thing that has kept Chicago from becoming an economically dying city like Detroit is this sense of place that Chicagoans have. Many neighborhoods, of course, changed racially in Chicago, and Chicago has had a huge influx of immigrants, just like any other city. But those who grew up in the the Chicago Area have a strong bond and generally have a sense that they do have roots in Chicago.

    • Replies: @Sic Semper
  35. @Sic Semper

    26 Years Ago…

    26 years ago, people bought their first house at 30. Gen Y lives at home when they are 30.

    26 years ago, teenagers worked in fast food. Now the workers are 40 year old adults! Making minimum wage.

    26 years ago, Latinos were the minority in the Southwest. Now it is white people.

    26 years ago meth was a white trash drug and nobody but pharmacists had heard of synthetic heroin pills.

    26 years ago, “Cartel” meant a bunch of middle-aged graying Italian men in New Joisey sitting outside some Sausage store shaking down bookies.

    26 years ago if someone had suggested the US would be at war for 17 years I would have told you it was impossible.

    What is worst about it is that people who are still young like me in their forties can REMEMBER how much better the world was 26 years ago. I was 19 years old in 1993.

    • Replies: @Sic Semper
  36. @Linh Dinh

    Hopefully somebody will publish your work! It is good reading and informative. If you are honest these days, truly honest (not just cherry picking truisms on how bad the white man is), you will be accused of all sorts of anti-PC-ism.

  37. @Jeff Stryker

    Common or garden Americans don’t seem to notice this until they enter their fifties.

    Even then the majority remain clueless and if you try to point it out, they ostracize you in many ways, not that the fact bothers me in any way. In fact, it’s both a compliment and a relief.

    A nation of arrogant, ignorant, pierced, tattooed, street-dumb, mindless, valueless, fools with a vanished work ethic, and little initiative following every degenerate trend depraved minds can invent like the proverbial lemmings.

    Linh Dinh’s whining detractors cannot face the truth.

  38. Truth says:

    Hey Frijole Fred is, I believe, from Fairfax, Va. circa that epoch. Did you know each other?

  39. @Mike Zwick

    I have roots in NYC going back to the 1870’s – NY makes it impossible for people like me to stay here. Our neighborhoods were diversified to death, then gentrified – their character dutifully expunged as taxes exploded and our actual delineated rights trampled.

    Then people like me are derided by “our” politicians, who claim that our values do not belong in their City and State, but that several million freeloaders do. NY has been nearly completely evacuated of New Yorkers – hundreds of thousands of us are fleeing, the rest of us desperately want to but have ties like an 87-year-old father who refuses to leave. We are very much like Palestinians – forced out by the same group who makes life impossible for us and wants our land for free of course.

    I was actually told by the Public Advocate to “take whatever I could get for my home and leave” when I asked for help with an attached foreclosed home occupied by drug dealing squatters who broke into my house and have threatened my life. This condition has raged for a decade while I am forking out $10,000 + a year, these filthy squatters are living for free. The police are useless and derided me for bothering them – wouldn’t even investigate two break-ins – but when I got a NY Post reporter to look into it, these police can use all of their resources to call me on my cellphone and show up at my house repeatedly to “talk to me.” They won’t talk to next door mind you even when they are sent photos of large amounts of illegal narcotics being openly trafficked by clearly armed lowlives with multiple arrests.

    I am reminded of the Palestinians who are viciously attacked by their occupiers when they ask for justice.

    This is terrorism pure and simple.

    • Agree: jacques sheete
    • Replies: @Jeff Stryker
  40. People here don’t know that folks in these advanced, slicked up places are more addicted to screens, gadgets, thumping noises, porn, pills, binge drinking and dope, and are actually more prone to suicide

    There’s a good article in Takimag analogising the current cultural degradation with that of the hippies in the 60s:

    If you heard someone nowadays saying that the way to live was to drop out, take LSD, smoke dope, and wear a tie-dyed t-shirt etc, people would think you were a bit dim. But a similar kind of propaganda is going on now with Tinder, porn etc. People are being hollowed out, and like the 70s hangover, we’re seeing a lot of casualties walking around.

  41. macilrae says:

    This is wonderful writing.

    Linh says:

    All Vietnamese immediately try to locate your origin from your accent. How close are you to me? they want to know.

    I think this is true of all ‘old countries’ – I grew up in England where people used to be extremely sensitive to accent, or dialect, which could not only pinpoint where you came from but could intimate your education and ‘class’. To a greater or lesser extent this is true worldwide but, as the article suggests, far less evident in the ‘new countries’.

    Interestingly, you seldom hear people speaking of an ‘American’ having a dialect (as distinct from a ‘foreign accent’)- yet of course you can certainly identify ‘deep south’ (Buster Scruggs!) or ‘Brooklyn’ – ‘California’ is much more subtle. Also, in the USA, there are ethnic or tribal dialects such as ‘black’ and ‘Jewish’.

  42. Sparkon says:
    @Sic Semper

    You are absolutely correct. In the transformed America, starting under the Clinton Crime family

    No. What transformed America in recent history was “amiable dunce” Ronald Reagan’s feat of wrecking our economy by tripling the national debt, transforming the United States from a creditor to debtor nation, outsourcing, downsizing, and virtually destroying U.S. industry, and presiding over the S&L crisis, costing U.S. taxpayers $130 billion, all in just 8 years. Did I mention amnesty for several million illegal aliens?

    Of course maybe we should blame “the other Nancy Davis” for that — “Mommy Poo Pants” — since by many accounts she was running things in the Oral I mean Oval Office, getting expert advice on all matters from her astrologer Joan Quigley. This is the guy many Republicans wanted to put on Mt. Rushmore!

    The other big turning point during the Cold War period was JFK’s assassination and the ascension to the presidency of criminal jew-butt-kisser LBJ, who barely concealed an illicit affair with Israeli agent Mathilde Krim, and who reported to one started foreign diplomat that he was being visited in the White House by none other than the Holy Spirit.

    ‘Tough acts to follow, and even Slick Willy can’t match any of that, although he gave it the ol’ Rhodes Scholar-try.

  43. @Jeff Stryker

    We are the same age. I remember Clinton’s inauguration and being hopeful that maybe he would do right and was the change needed. We would have been better off under a HWII or Perot. It became clear months later.

    26 years ago we all weren’t made refugees in our nations, we thought there was opportunity for all. We were not yet completely shut out though I recall many instances in college. Nothing more illustrative than being singled out for ” being tall and blonde and sitting in the corner” by a kosher professor who was giving me poor grades and “sensed a resistance in her class” and knew “it was the large Puerto rican” who I didn’t know personally but often sat near – “frankly, I am afraid of him” she furthered.

    I thought that all of the insanity I witnessed in CUNY would wash out in the real world. Imagine my surprise at seeing these vile rabble rousers now vying for the NY Public Advocate office, despite suffering Turrets Syndrome and “quacking” his way through college – he has been pushed ahead for 25 years. Multiple personal foreclosures are no hindrance from him sitting on the City Council. So many of the freaks I watched make spectacles of themselves and commit crimes like forging politicians signatures to get their ((friends)) parking tickets thrown out and being arrested for forgery, have not hindered their careers. Alas, I had thought that it would all work out. Ha…

    I still have my “white privilege” to feel guilty about.

    26 years that have destroyed this nation. I sensed the fallacy forming in the mid 1990s. By 2003 I couldn’t believe that this was even America.

    I watched on the news heavy bombers blow up Baghdad with Geraldo Rivera riding shotgun on US tanks. My friend worked for FOX News at the time and Roger Ailes emailed every employee with instructions to glorify the war as it was good for revenue. I still get sick remembering Shepherd Smith that flaming homosexual rah rahing like a perverted cheerleader for the war. I often thought I was the only horrified that “we” were killing thousands of people for nothing. I am not a pacifist by any means, but my enemies are here not across oceans. The regular American lost his innocence in service of that war. The propaganda they were fed and what they swallowed whole heartedly after having their figurative nose bloodied and pride injured on 9/11. Something that now looks increasingly like a false flag conspiracy.

    We killed people by the thousands then brought their furious relatives here by the tens of thousands, gave them “benefits,” freedom and opportunity that the servicemen who were horrifically maimed killing their cousins cannot get for themselves.

    A second cousin was married to a US Marine who went to Fallujah – every Christmas I would see him drunk and crying. “I killed a kid, I killed a kid,” he would cry. He once told me “don’t feel bad for anyone that went there, we had a choice we chose to go and we had no business there.” It was truly sad and an eyeopener.

    Our soul has been cut out of this nation. There can be no civility if we are to survive as anything more than serfs or cattle nearing the end of the line. We will be reduced to savagery, either as tortured animals or avenging archangels. What they will have forced us to become should engender enough rage alone.

  44. @Sparkon

    No. What transformed America in recent history was “amiable dunce” Ronald Reagan’s …

    Good thing you added the qualifier, “recent,” because I date the degeneration, (from the productive class point of view), to the sucker-style involvement of the US in the 2 world wars. The utter imbecility of supporting the Bolshies and Ziomugs and of letting them take over the governance, schooling and industry should’ve awakened anyone to the realities. But instead, most came out of it yapping about how “great” “we” were, and partying on as if nothing else mattered and that it would never end.

    You guys make some good comments, my pickiness about the timing notwithstanding.

    • Replies: @Sic Semper
    , @gepay
  45. @Rev. Spooner

    I’m sure I won’t read that Zero Hedge article, but I have a hard time believing that US culture is either individualistic or “Bottom Up.”

  46. @Sparkon

    I’ll give you JFK. I personally despise that entire family, but it does seem that old Jack when he wasn’t screwing bimbos and German spies, tried to make the country better and was likely killed for it.

    As for Ronnie, I get your points, but they have to be put in perspective of the time. The national debt exploded – true. But it was meant to be temporary. In order to outspend the Soviet Union and collapse them. It wasn’t meant to go on exponentially for another 30 years and until we collapse.

    As for the 1986 amnesty, Reagan operated in good faith foolishly believing that the Democrats would hold up their end of the bargain and stop the inflow of aliens. It is a lesson that hopefully Trump learns. Reagan was an affable man who saw the good in others that often wasn’t there. It was a very different time and he never could have survived in this era. Trump is the perfect embodiment of this nation now. He was always a crook, dealt with crooked people and was always loyal to his brand.

    Say what you wish of Reagan, he had his curiosities but I genuinely trusted him to do his best for us. Until Trump, I know that no other politician was even remotely interested in doing anything that didn’t enrich themselves or push their idealogical cause be damned the harm it was causing millions of us.

    • Replies: @Sparkon
  47. Of course, if the black svelte keeps on eating Big Macs, she would join the other two in working behind the counter instead of flying…

    And a man in Ea Kly would not need an expensive suit if only the population declined to a point of prosperity but instead he would rather over breed to provide ass wipers in Nagoya…

    Why are you wasting away in a plastic recycling plant in as much as we appreciate your tales?

  48. @jacques sheete

    Even my 87-year-old father whose uncles fought in WWII, one coming home in pieces inside a closed casket and raised to think that was the good war is beginning to see that it was pointless. It’s just that the Japanese attacked “us” first is still his sticking point.

    I always love how ((“scholars”)) come out so often as say how “anti-semitic” the US was for not sacrificing more gentiles in liberating the “concentration camps”. That my uncles were killed in that war was not enough, they all should have been.

    The schrodinger’s cat of all propaganda – more of you should have died so that more of us survivor’s could have survived.

    The abject “chutzpa.” Meanwhile the genocide of Europe’s non-khazar population remains confined to whispers that filter out but are quickly “refuted” by accepted organizations.

    Had Germany been allowed to win WWI, the horrors we have lived under for a century would never have occurred. Europe would have been a federal empire and Europeans would have a homeland. We cannot even be allowed to claim our Neolithic era birthrights now thanks to “winning” the two World Wars

    • Replies: @jacques sheete
  49. @Sic Semper

    Same thing happened in Detroit. My grandmother bought a condo in a Detroit suburb in 1986 for $400,000 from a fairly sizable insurance payout when my grandfather died.

    Twenty years later I was 32 when my brother called me in Dubai to tell me that he managed to sell it for $70,000. And he told me we were lucky to get that much. The neighborhood had degenerated that much.

    A few years after that, my brother called me and told me that he and his wife were fleeing Los Angeles and that their house there was worth zero.

    For three generations, my family has been fleeing formerly pleasant middle-class neighborhoods as they were transformed into ghettos and barrios.

    My own experience with the underclass was in Phoenix, when I was put in harm’s way of Mestizos by dint of proximity to the barrio. I also witnessed some of the devastating effects of crystal meth on redneck tweakers in my apartment complex.

    • Replies: @Che Guava
  50. @Wally

    I hope you’re right my friend. I know eventually the truth about these monstrous injustices will become common knowledge. I hope I’m around to see it.

    • Replies: @Che Guava
  51. aandrews says:

    Another interesting travelogue, as usual.

    From Wikipedia: “The FULRO insurgency against Vietnam [1964-1992] was waged by the United Front for the Liberation of Oppressed Races…[the] Vietnamese viewed and dealt with the indigenous Montagnards…from the Central Highlands as ‘savages’ and this caused a Montagnard uprising against the Vietnamese.”

    Did not know that. What would Jane Fonda think, I wonder?

  52. Che Guava says:


    Excuse my earlier fractious comments. If you don’t read this, I suppose it is natural. Really, I don’t care as principle.

    However, I will surely pass a link to your recent work to my one Viet colleague who speaks Japanese and reads English quite well. I suspect that he has not a poetic bone in his body, but after work reading, may be different.

  53. Che Guava says:
    @Jeff Stryker

    That is a horror story. I am still a tenant, I hate it, but never having had enough to buy outright, still a tenant. Even worse to try to buy and then lose, as in your tale.

  54. Che Guava says:

    It (much) is common knowledge, has been for many years, but things have been arranged to make people deny truths for career opportunities etc., years now.


    Stanley was my Polish-American Flint college roommate. His parents gave him the down payment on a modest but nice house when he married in the early nineties.

    I FACEBOOKED him years later.

    His neighborhood had turned into a ghetto of open prostitution and drug dealing and gangs. He ha
    d been shot. His wife, disgusted, divorced him and move out of state with their daughter simply to get away from the black ghetto his formerly pleasant if modest neighborhood had turned into.

    Stanley could not GIVE his house away. Forget selling it.

    His Polish suburb became a black ghetto. Black street hookers sold their bodies for $30 in front of his house and gave hummers in his driveway to Johns in parked cars. There was a crack house next door. Gangs roved the streets at night, turning him into a Transylvanian peasant hiding behind bolted doors.

  56. Sparkon says:
    @Sic Semper

    As for Ronnie, I get your points, but they have to be put in perspective of the time.

    Your response makes me wonder if you really got my points. I was an adult during those years so my perspective on them is excellent, particularly concerning the extremely shady, entirely illegal, and in my view treasonous means by which Reagan and his cronies made a crooked deal with the Iranians to delay release of U.S. hostages to prevent an “October Surprise,” a veritable deal with the devil that allowed Reagan to prevail over Carter in 1980, giving Poppy and his henchmen inside access to the wheelhouse of power.

    Reagan was an amiable and engaging front man who delivered his lines convincingly, but who was also an exceedingly shallow ignoramus on virtually any matter of substance beyond old movies and pussy. He had risen to the top of shall we say the heap in Hollywood by virtue of his good looks, glib charm, and wooden dick.

    When Reagan first hit Hollywood, it’s no exaggeration to say he was a smash hit with the starlets, being “linked romantically” to the likes of Betty Grable, Lana Turner, Doris Day, even Marilyn Monroe. When Reagan met Monroe, he called her “sensational,” to which Monroe is said to have replied, “I’m even more sensational when you get to know me.”

    Ooh la la!

    Reportedly an FBI snitch in the 40s, Reagan in his position of President of Screen Actors Guild ratted out several screenwriters for their alleged Red affiliation or sympathies, but helped Nancy Davis conceal her own Red past by assuring authorities that it was “the other Nancy Davis” who had those Communist affiliations. Wiki:

    Reagan met actress Nancy Davis (1921–2016) in 1949 after she contacted him in his capacity as president of the Screen Actors Guild. He helped her with issues regarding her name appearing on a Communist blacklist in Hollywood. She had been mistaken for another Nancy Davis.

    The Other Nancy Davis

    In 1987, I found the other Nancy Davis working at a snack bar in Ventura, California, and interviewed her for The Nation. When I asked about the first lady, she said, “She’s been lying about me for years…. I never was a Communist. I told Reagan back in the fifties that if she didn’t stop saying I was a Communist, I’d sue her.”

    With all that gorgeous … talent swooning at Reagan’s you know…feet, it’s always mystified me how the relatively mousy little Nancy Davis, total flop as pin-up material, was able to win away the Gipper’s you know… hand, with competition like that.

    And if Nancy Reagan really did have a Red background, and if she was controlling “Ronnie” in mysterious ways, one of which was astrology, what role did that play in Reagan’s disastrous polices that wrecked U.S. industry, gave the “all clear” dog whistle to any and all illegal immigrants, put the United States into the poor house, and shackled the country with a millstone of debt for the first time in its history?

    Any “real Commie” hardly could have done it better.

    • Agree: bluedog
  57. DB Cooper says:
    @Linh Dinh

    Hi Linh, with your credentials and English skill, why don’t you find a teaching job in Vietnam instead of toiling in a recycling plant?

    • Replies: @Jeff Stryker
  58. druid says:
    @Jeff Stryker

    It’s the endless war culture and wasted resources on these wars. For hegemony, Israel, oil, etc.

  59. @unit472

    Are you seriously accusing someone whose home country was bombed into oblivion, agent oranged, napalmed, that he ruined America. Staggering dumb fuck!

  60. Charles says:
    @Sic Semper

    All this is true. The neighborhood in which my family (wife and two high-school age children) lives is still, for now, White. But our next-door-neighbor to our right is an elderly White widower, who on occasion has visits from a 40-ish woman with a passel of Mulatto kids. Naturally I assume she is his daughter. When he dies…you can guess the rest. My family and I cannot simply abandon our house, but soon enough we will be faced with Diversity enriching us.

  61. eah says:

    You really think people like me could have done all that?

  62. MacNucc11 says:
    @Linh Dinh

    What is the point of books and bookstores when all they do is regurgitate lies? They will one day be lumped in with the rest of the lying media. You are a hero for speaking the truth. You are much better off not taking the pay of these court historians if it would mean you had to lie for the empire.

  63. aandrews says:
    @Linh Dinh

    “Book royalty income has been negligible.”


    “The respondents reported a median author income of $6,080, continuing a sharp decline over the last decade: $8,000 in 2014 and $10,500 in 2009 (per the Authors Guild’s 2015 Survey), down again from $12,850 in 2007, as reported in a joint Authors Guild/PEN survey.

    “Earnings from book income alone fell even more, declining 21 percent to $3,100 in 2017 from $3,900 in 2013 and just over 50 percent from 2009’s median book earnings of $6,250.”

    To riff on Sam Kinison, that’s why they call it a disgrace.

  64. republic says:

    Vietnam’s Lady Gaga

    lots of censorship in Vietnam

  65. @Sic Semper

    “We will be reduced to savagery, either as tortured animals or avenging archangels.”

    Just wanted to say that I really liked that sentence. It’s almost certainly true… I’d go so far as to say that the “will be” part is becoming outdated.

    But regardless of the terrible truth, the words themselves are evocative and mythic. If they’re your words, be proud. If they’re a paraphrase, please let me know where they originated.

  66. @Sic Semper

    He once told me “don’t feel bad for anyone that went there, we had a choice we chose to go and we had no business there.”

    Every opportunity I get, I tell everyone the same thing about Vietnam. I still can’t believe that “we” did what “we” did to those people and to top it off no one was ever, or ever will be, held accountable.

    Whenever someone happens to me for my service, I wanna vomit, and I always make both a face of disgust and some comment about what a filthy crime it was. What a sick country this is that so many people feel obligated to thank participants in such wretched BS.

  67. @Sic Semper

    It’s just that the Japanese attacked “us” first is still his sticking point.

    It probably wouldn’t do much good to relate to him the realities of who started it, but FDR did everything he could to get them to fire the first shot.

    FDR betrayed our WW1 ally, Japan, and started an economic war with the anti-Commie Japanese. Among other things, he froze Japanese assets, put an oil and scrap metal embargo on them and closed the Panama Canal to their shipping before they attacked PH.

    Furthermore, by doing that, they only copied what the “Allies” did to neutral Iran (aka Persia)just 3 months prior . In other words, the Brits and Soviets made a surprise attack on Iran and sunk its entire navy of 6 ships and took over the country. They not only confiscated the oil fields and refineries, but along with the US, built the Persian Corridor so that the USA could supply the Reds with enough war material for 60 division. This included airplanes, trucks, locomotives, rolling stock, and anything else that could be needed for fighting a war.

    • Replies: @Sic Semper
  68. @Sparkon

    Ronnie was a mob goon as well. His “success in Hollywood,” obtaining the “prezidensy” suggests it and Guy Russo’s book, “Supermob” confirms it.

  69. @jacques sheete

    My father knows the history, despite only having an 11th grade education, he has always been a voracious reader. But WWII was his childhood, he stayed awake at night terrified that the japs were going to bomb the natural gas tanks in Coney Island that at the time were a fixture on the horizon from his bedroom window. He lived through the rationing and went to his uncle’s funeral. It is something solemn for him. His uncle’s death devastated his family. His other uncle whom was like an older brother was an Army Combat Engineer in Europe sent ahead of the main troop formations to disarm booby traps and landmines – after his brother was killed he went insane and machine gunned German POWs in retribution. He never was the same. The Army wanted to take my grandfather as well as the three of his brothers for the war- only his chronic ulcers kept him out.

    For whatever it’s worth, when my father was drafted for the Korean War, my grandfather forbade him going. “Our Family DID ENOUGH” he told him and made an arrangement with the head of the draft board to buy him off and have my father declared FFFF – they were sworn to secrecy or they’d “be killed..”

    My father to this day thanks his father for doing that. At 20, he wanted to go. At 86, he realizes that his father was right not to let him go to another stupid senseless war. He only defends WWII saying that we had to after we were attacked. It is the legacy of the war propaganda and real fear and loss he grew up with. He was nine-years-old when Pearl Harbor was bombed. He knows how FDR “wanted that war” – We used to get into arguments when I would say the world would have been better of had the Axis won. The loss of his uncle all of these year later still affects him – he got all choked up a few years ago when we learned that the woman married to the long lost uncle died recently – the thought of his uncle having gotten to live to be 95 made him sad.

    A kosher friend from college father was a ball turret gunner on a B17 that was shot down. He spent 3 years in a Nazi POW camp – he loved combat but was very silent on his service, only saying that the real heroes never came home. Toward the end of his life he didn’t understand what he had fought for anymore and was very happy that he wasn’t going to be around much longer.

    A few years before his death, an Indian doctor learned of his war record and called him “A MURDERER” – that typified everything.

    • Replies: @jacques sheete
  70. @DB Cooper

    Teaching does not pay well. Otherwise, he would.

  71. @swamped

    “ try that in south Philly…”

    I lived in metro NYC for 42 years before l moved to Philly- so l know a thing or two about over- priced real estate.
    I bought a dilapidated row home in Frankford ( Philly) for 17k and rehabbed it myself for another 40k…

    Linh is crazy for not cashing in on some shitbox in North Philly for 6k!

    With yearly homestead reduction- property taxes are close to ZERO!!!

    • Replies: @jacques sheete
  72. @Jeff Stryker

    Jeff, you and a few of the regulars here will have to get it through your heads that there are still plenty of tough, talented very hard-. working whites who refuse to be chased out of ANYWHERE!

    Sole proprietorships in the city still generate good solid debt free lifestyles.

    If you are parsimonious and refrain from alcohol and drug usage- and are willing to home- school and really put your faith in the Living God- then the Lord will provide for a very stable and conservative assembly of like minded believers, no matter how dire the circumstances may seem.

    This doesn’t detract from your stance regarding Asia, which I have found to be charming, and look forward to exploring more extensively in the near future!

    • Replies: @Jeff Stryker
    , @Truth
  73. @Stonehands


    There is no welfare overseas. Survival businesses can be tough or thankless. Try owning a girly bar in the Philippines. The corrupt cops that want to drink and have sex with girls for free. The fights. The occasional gun being flashed. The payoffs to local authorities. The trips to the doctor to inspect the women (Out of 23 of my employees two contracted AIDS in the six months I ran one).

    Some people are anti-American and the seasoned anti-Americans will actually want to see a passport when you lie and tell them you are Canadian. Look at the Europeans and Australians on this site with their endless tedious obsession with the US.

    People back home forget about you. Houses are sold. People move on. Your hometown changes. A few are jealous-very jealous-because they are frustrated world travelers themselves.

    Expats are FROZEN IN TIME back home. Your attitudes are stuck in the year that you left the US. Which is why I sound like I stepped out of 1999. That was when I left. It was a time before Big Brother, before cultural divisions, before endless SJW, before Bush, before twenty years of war and paranoia, before 9-11. The worst part of this is that usually things don’t improve. People who have never left don’t see it as clearly.

    NB It is like not paying attention to the clock. You look up and an hour passed and you did not notice.

  74. One can easily spend a decade or two in an American place and not know anything about its past characters and anecdotes, so the only shared history one has is made up mostly of tales of exploits by corporate sport stars and favorite scenes from TV shows.

    One can easily spend a decade or two in an American place and not know anything about its past characters and anecdotes

    Instead of living locked-in lives drip-fed mostly by distant, brainwashing media, people in Ea Kly are constantly intertwined

    Very perceptive Mr. Dinh. A really enjoyable piece! My exact sentiments about the US that never really left me. After moving to the Philippines, I can safely declare that I have been cured of yearnings and knowing something was amiss, leaving a void waiting to be filled. That is all behind me now; mind you I am retired and living on a shoestring budget with my minimalist Filipino wife always finding ways of making it work. And how well she does it!

    The intertwining of people you refer to leaves little room for brainwashing media to play havoc on one’s mind. Yet when many Americans speak of the quality of life, they are generally referring to all the ultramodern amenities, efficient services, infrastructure, advanced health care and the like, hardly about intermingling and the spontaneity of human warmth. As for culture, they have in mind theater, restaurants, operas, sports but rarely about conspicuous ways of life, beliefs, people intertwining, loosening up, exchanging laughter and grief in the open and giving free reign to their emotions.

    • Replies: @Jeff Stryker
  75. chris says:
    @Linh Dinh

    Hey Linh,

    Unless you’ve covered this topic before, the story of your ostracism would make for a very interesting article.

    Keep up your excellent work!

  76. …young, thin and pretty, how all American air stewardesses used to look, before the ageism lawsuits.

    Unions, too. Before Delta scooped up Northwest, MSP was the latter’s fortress hub. So about 90% of the “flight attendants” would have been Teamsters.

    And they sure looked the part!

  77. @Sparkon

    the extremely shady, entirely illegal, and in my view treasonous means by which Reagan and his cronies made a crooked deal with the Iranians to delay release of U.S. hostages to prevent an “October Surprise,”

    Then why weren’t they released in November, after the election? Or December, after the Electors voted? Why feed them until January, long after it’s decided?

    You also assume the ayatollahs– never mind the mad dog students they appeared to have little control over– didn’t believe anything they said, and were as easily purchasable as Western politicians.

    What really wrecked our manufacturing happened long before Reagan took office, when Nixon ended our perfectly reasonable embargo against all Chinese goods. Carter didn’t touch that, either. Even Trump hasn’t suggested bringing it back. In 1973, I smuggled a Chinese-made pen from Canada. Today, I can just walk to the convenience store to get one.

    But no, go ahead and rail against Reagan’s “Tear down this wall” anarchism and his refusal to outlaw handguns.

    • Replies: @Sparkon
  78. sb says:
    @Jeff Stryker

    I spend about half the year in Thailand ( and in the South where there is more money )

    If you make that sort of money selling lottery tickets – and I’ve never seen a white person doing so – you must be the no 1 street lottery ticket seller in the whole country

    It’s about twice what an English teacher – the most common job – makes

    • Replies: @Jeff Stryker
  79. NZLex says:
    @Sic Semper

    A moving and well-told account, sir. I’m glad I come here to the UNZ Review comments section – it helps me to see the real pain of the average US citizen and reminds me how powerless they are regarding those historically monstrous criminals who run the show. Thank you.

    • Replies: @Sic Semper
  80. @Stonehands

    With yearly homestead reduction- property taxes are close to ZERO!!!

    Tell us more about this. Where I live, property taxes NEVER go down. Never!

    • Replies: @Stonehands
  81. My post has not made it, for whatever reason. Mr. Unz or somebody at Unz please explain. It appeared quite harmless really — mostly concurring with Mr. Dinh’s cultural perspectives and I am left confused.

  82. Anonymous[362] • Disclaimer says:
    @Linh Dinh

    In many ways, I’m glad that my divorce from the American literary scene has become clear and final, with each side’s position crystal clear, for I believe I will be vindicated down the line.

    Linh Dinh, I take my hat off to you. May good fortune provide your daily bread!

    • Agree: Justsaying
  83. Anonymous[362] • Disclaimer says:

    Here in Asia there are few if any laws surrounding food – it’s all freedom. We, moments ago, just got back from a market, that would violate every single health department rule the U.S. government could dream up – and they dream like no one else can. Freshly squeezed coconut milk sans refrigeration – oh the horror.

    This is not always a good thing. Farmers often use way too much pesticides because the risk of losing crops is more meaningful than the risk of someone they don’t know getting cancer. In Indonesia, I have heard formaldehyde is used to preserve chickens so they last longer in the wet market and, in China, industrial chemicals are routinely used to cut costs in food production. I don’t think the western countries are this bad.

    • Replies: @Biff
    , @Biff
  84. Anonymous[362] • Disclaimer says:

    Also, I could see him teaching English or something

    He’s the wrong colour. They like their English teachers to look like they come from an English speaking country.

  85. @Jeff Stryker

    Americans do notice but we are proscribed from defending our interests. We will be vilified in vicious calumny for daring to do so. So our only choice is the 21st Century Grapes of Wrath one: to pack up and leave. And when the pathology repeats we do it again until we are destitute, impoverished, broken and ready for suicide – at least those are the choices we are given. Anything else would be “racist” and other dogwhistles to garner local, state and federal armed agents reason to machine gun us.

    The Palestininization of the Wester World in nearly complete. There are big plans for we Kulaks as landfill.

  86. @NZLex

    I have a very long memory and have witnessed unbelievable corruption that is vivid to anyone willing to look at it, but NY is at the vanguard of the ills the rest of the nation and world are being crippled by. The most honest men I knew were mobsters, the socially accepted and empowered here commit atrocities that victimize even children with a media so complicit that they call them “heroes” when it is widely known that they raped scores of children. As goes NY, so goes the nation as these politicians with the rectal blood of hundreds of children on their hands and vast fortunes in blood money lining their wallets all vie for national office to harden their control over the people they despise.

    Trump is the least corrupt and evil of these powerful NYers, what makes him so dangerous to them is that he traveled in their circles and knows what they have done.

    We live in the 21st Century Young Goodman Brown, a reality that would horrify Nathaniel Hawthorne. The “respected” are not heading into the woods on flying brooms, but in limousines and private planes. Those wagging their fingers at us and deriding us as the “chattering classes” are the architects of the coming genocides.

    • Replies: @niceland
  87. @sb

    Issan lotto dealers who can pay the 7-11 owners rent can sometimes earn as much as $500 a week.

    Bangkok lotto dealers at the major malls earn even more.

    Yes, I am one of the only foreigners if not the only foreigner selling lotto because my wife owns a store. And I don’t sell every week, it is too exhausting.

    But I wish to remain anonymous both on this board and in real life.

    English teachers make $600 a month if they are lucky. And they are only employable in the South.

    I’ve co-owned girly bars, been a job recruiter and outsource medical tourism director but never taught English.

    • Replies: @Biff
  88. Sparkon says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    Then why weren’t they released in November, after the election? Or December, after the Electors voted? Why feed them until January, long after it’s decided?

    Beats me. The hostages were released seconds after Reagan took the oath of office. Why then?

    Sorry Mr. Reg Cæsar, I’ve done my homework on this issue, and apparently you haven’t.


    But the most explosive piece of October Surprise evidence is most certainly a Russian intelligence report sent to the Task Force on January 11 1993, just as the investigation was drawing to a close (11). The six-page document stated that Soviet intelligence knew that Bush, Casey and other US Republicans had met secretly in Europe with Iranian officials in 1980. Congressman Hamilton told Parry that he did not recall Barcella informing him of any Russian report. Several other members of Congress who formed part of the Task Force likewise told Parry they never saw such a report. Barcella did not mention the Russian report at the January 13 1993 press conference in which the Task Force presented its final findings.


    The testimonial and documentary evidence that Reagan’s team did engage in a secret operation to prevent Carter’s October Surprise is now almost as overwhelming as the proof of the 1968 affair regarding Nixon’s Paris peace talk maneuver.

    That evidence indicates that Reagan’s campaign director William Casey organized a clandestine effort to prevent the hostages’ release before Election Day, after apparently consulting with Nixon and Kissinger and aided by former CIA Director George H.W. Bush, who was Reagan’s vice presidential running mate.

    By early November 1980, the public’s obsession with Iran’s humiliation of the United States and Carter’s inability to free the hostages helped turn a narrow race into a Reagan landslide. When the hostages were finally let go immediately after Reagan’s inauguration on Jan. 20, 1981, his supporters cited the timing to claim that the Iranians had finally relented out of fear of Reagan.

    Bolstered by his image as a tough guy, Reagan enacted much of his right-wing agenda, including passing massive tax cuts benefiting the wealthy, weakening unions and creating the circumstances for the rapid erosion of the Great American Middle Class.

    (my bold)

    Casey’s trip to Madrid had been confirmed by Russian intelligence in a report sent to Lee Hamilton, who claims he never saw it. Lee Hamilton was also co-chair of the 9/11 Commission who took Norman Mineta’s testimony about VP Dick Cheney getting updates on an approaching plane, but did not follow-up on this sensational testimony.

    If the VP was getting updates about an approaching plane, why didn’t the Pentagon defend itself against it? The answer is that a plane buzzed the Pentagon, and then flew on, as several witnesses have noted, so obviously, Cheney didn’t want to shoot down his own airplane. It’s just that simple. The presence of the fake downed utility poles along a path that does not agree with many eyewitness accounts of the plane’s passage, and the pristine hood of Lloyd England’s taxi cab provide clear evidence of the fakery.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  89. @Justsaying


    I live in Cebu and Negros. Shabu addicts when I was in the Philippines did represent a danger and crime was high.

    Maybe things are different now.

    I’d say to comfortably live in Cebu City you need about $800 a month.

  90. Truth says:

    These gentlemen here, by and large, don’t believe in “The Lord”, Old Sport.

    • Replies: @Jeff Stryker
    , @Stonehands
  91. Truth says:

    Hey Linh, speaking of the teaching profession, maybe teaching English will not be profitable, but there are ways you can capitalize on your 25+ years in Philly…

    • LOL: chris
  92. @jacques sheete

    Here in Philly they never go down either. My shop is downtown in lucrative Old City, and this is the first year in the past 3 we haven’t been reassessed. The landlord is a real estate attorney and grieved each time, thereby limiting increases to 75 bucks instead of 400.
    My residence ( here in philly) OTH has benefited by low reassessment -and the carrot on the end of the stick- a homestead deduction ( to spur rehab) of 400 dollars ( which was revised this year to 559$)
    Also the city this year reassessed me DOWN, thereby leaving me with a net EIGHTEEN dollar property tax.

    Better be willing and able to homeschool, though! We are qualified to enroll our son at Central High a prestigious charter school- but ALL merkan schools are SHIT in my book! Colleges doubly!
    But my stepsons a genius and is going to college for nursing at Pensacola Christian… where the tuition is… drum roll please…….10k with room and board!
    The point of all this if you humble yourself, and do a little due diligence then perhaps God will answer that door that your knocking on, and provide!

    Now, l might get a little rambunctious and at times perhaps pugnacious but you will have to realize that God isn’t pulling strings on puppets here ( secular society certainly is- all you future NPCs!) He grants us soul liberty and expects His men to provide and protect by any means necessary… so this viewpoint of a “ cucked “ Christianity is counterfeit and a fraudulent to the lifestyle that is proffered to us by adherence to Scripture.

  93. @Truth

    He helps those who help themselves.

    And I am thankful that my life bottomed out young enough to move overseas. My girlfriend had dumped me, my job was lousy, mt apartment near Cholos.

    So everything fit into a suitcase.

    • Replies: @Stonehands
  94. niceland says:
    @Sic Semper

    Your comments in this discussion are very interesting, and quite depressing at the same time. You are confirming what Linh Dinh has been saying about American society and it’s heart breaking.

    All the best Sir and thanks!

    • Replies: @Sic Semper
  95. @niceland

    To give you a taste of what goes on in Utopia read an ex-NYPD detective’s feature from 20 years ago:

    I only wish this man was painting an exaggeration. I knew one victim personally that due to his being victimized has been in and out of mental hospitals for 20+ years now. I can’t help him anymore as he is too far gone to be helped by me.

    As a teen, I had a very overprotective mother as well as a complete disinterest in associating with kids my own age, I was never part of this scene. I heard rumors, horrible rumors from the kids my own age who I did know at that time. We thought they were just idle gossip – they weren’t. Besides one victim whom was my friend, I knew of at least three others. Everyone that grew up in South Brooklyn during the late 1980’s and early 1990’s heard stories and knew victims. We didn’t know that this was going on already for 20 years then

    If you have any interest, run searches on the names mentioned in that story – they are still very relevant. CNN and CBS are active in “rehabilitating” the image of the unpunished serial child predator. I cannot say if “pizzagate” is real, but knowing what went on in NY, home of the other serial child rapist Jeffrey Epstein – “pizzagate” is likely very real.

    From time to time in the Russian jewish enclaves, child victims, mostly young Eastern European girls escape their captors and beg for help – but none comes in these communities of civilized men help – the police are quite literally owned by jewish gangsters as the NY headlines of the past month attest to. These poor girls are quickly found by their captors and returned to the lairs where they will be victimized again. White slavery is common here. One neighbor was actually allowed to plead guilty to “involuntary servitude” in the year 2000. There are organ traffickers living in $20M mansions who pay less in property taxes than I do in a comparative hovel.

    This is the future being imposed on us. This is the “progress” they promulgate.

  96. @Sparkon

    Why would they meet with “Iranian officials” instead of the students themselves? You’re assuming the Iranian government– I should say “government”– was in charge.

    Voters had plenty of other reasons to retire Carter. Eg, the “Misery Index” he created to defeat Ford was even worse for him.

    The timing of the release wasn’t fear of Reagan, it was thumbing a nose at Carter.

    But please, come forward with your evidence that Reagan plotted the whole Sept. 11 deal as well.

    • Replies: @Sparkon
  97. Sparkon says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    Why would they meet with “Iranian officials” instead of the students themselves? You’re assuming the Iranian government– I should say “government”– was in charge.

    Do you really maintain the naive view that the students were in charge of Iran during the hostage crisis to ask such a ridiculous question? The Ayatollah was in charge virtually from the time of his return to Iran on Feb. 1, 1979, confirmed by elections on Apr. 1, while the hostages were not taken until November. It was with the Ayatollah’s agents that Bush, Casey, Gates and others met in Madrid and Paris to seal the deal, after which candidate Reagan suddenly made it a campaign issue.

    There is no dispute that the Iranians did not like Carter, especially after he granted the Shah entry to the United States for medical attention, but Carter was getting very bad advice sure to enrage the Iranians who’d already been stirred up by a dirty tricks campaign against the Shah. In my view, the entire affair was cooked up to destroy the Carter presidency and bring a Republican to power. It worked. Eight years of Reagan and four more of Poppy Bush, with the country bleeding red ink and offshoring jobs the whole 12 years.

    I can’t help you with your fantasy about Reagan and 9/11, but it does merit my Gilded Pickle award for the most creative strawman of the day.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  98. @Sparkon

    In 1980, Reagan was an unemployed retired actor and wannabe politician, and Republicans controlled nothing in Washington. They had no leverage at all with the Iranians. What could they possibly have to offer them, except campaign money? The ayatollahs were ideologues to whom money meant nothing. Iranians, whether politicians or pseudostudents, freed the hostages on their own schedule.

    What Reagan’s men were guilty of was private diplomacy, against which there are statutes, for sure, but mostly unenforced. How many days did Jesse Jackson, Dennis Rodman, or Jane Fonda spend in prison? How is Ronald Reagan different, except, like fellow movie star Jane, by his failure? You give him credit where none is deserved.

    Every president gets bad advice. Remember Reagan in Lebanon? (He wised up and left, like Trump may Syria.)
    Bush II and “Islam is a peaceful religion”? Lie, or folly? There are no other options.

    Again, the offshoring was mainly to China, which was Nixon’s fault, and Ford and Carter’s, for not restoring the embargo. That makes Reagan fourth in a line. Why blame him, but not the others? At least his administration speeded up the Japanese process of opening auto plants over here.

    Carter also, rightly or wrongly, cancelled our Olympic participation, and not only restored Selective Service registration, but had the gall to request it be applied to women. (Congress told him to take a hike.) Not reversing this was one of Reagan’s bad decisions. Thus, Val Kilmer is the youngest American male adult not required to register.

    Jimmy Carter was unquestionably the best Democratic president since the 19th century, and one of the few who doesn’t merit a stint in prison, but his administration was a train wreck. One of his own supporters came up with the headline, “More mush from the wimp.”

    • Replies: @Jeff Stryker
    , @Sparkon
  99. @Reg Cæsar

    If Carter was the best Democratic President than why was the US in such bad shape at the beginning of the eighties?

    Drug use was sky-high in schools. Watch FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT high. Crime was also high. Stagflation. Sexual promiscuity. AIDS.

    Things improved during the eighties after Reagan was elected.

    So how could Carter have been that great?

  100. So how could Carter have been that great?

    I didn’t say he was great. I said he was the best Democrat. That’s a very low standard.

    He wasn’t an imperialist, a terrorist, a serial adulterer, an exhibitionist, a rapist…

    He certainly had the lowest combat casualty figure for any Democrat since Cleveland. Maybe before that.

    • Replies: @Jeff Stryker
  101. Sparkon says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    What could they possibly have to offer them, except campaign money?

    Arms. Especially vital spare parts for their American-made military equipment. Iraq had attacked Iran in September 1980, the beginning of a long, bitter war.

    Already by the summer of 1979, not long after his arrival back in Iran, the Ayatollah was rejecting conciliatory statements by Saddam Hussein in neighboring Iraq, and was soon calling for Islamic revolution in Iraq to overthrow the Ba’ath government. The two countries had standing border disputes, and soon tensions flared again. Khomeini had lived in exile in Iraq from 1965 through 1978, when Saddam expelled him.

    The relationship between the governments of Iran and Iraq briefly improved in 1978, when Iranian agents in Iraq discovered plans for a pro-Soviet coup d’état against Iraq’s government. When informed of this plot, Saddam ordered the execution of dozens of his army’s officers, and in a sign of reconciliation, expelled from Iraq Ruhollah Khomeini, an exiled leader of clerical opposition to the Shah.

    Who was stirring up all this trouble?

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    , @Sparkon
  102. Biff says:
    @Jeff Stryker

    Issan lotto dealers who can pay the 7-11 owners rent can sometimes earn as much as $500 a week.

    That is flat out wrong and ridiculous.

    • Replies: @Jeff Stryker
  103. Biff says:

    I have heard

    Those voices will get to ya.

  104. @Biff

    I live in Bangkok and make a living here! My investment was 200,000 Baht and from it I earn 10,000 Baht per week if you break it down. The lottery results are every 10 days.

    You have probably never BEEN in this country or know what I am talking about.

    How would you know?

    I live here. Not that I really want the posters on this blog of whom many are peculiar to say the least to really know anything about me. Many I would cross the street to avoid.

    But most of you do not have any disposable income anyhow to travel to Asia. Still, being anonymous makes me feel more secure.

    • Replies: @Biff
  105. Biff says:
    @Jeff Stryker

    I live in Bangkok and make a living here!

    You seem to live everywhere, and nowhere at all, and are as phony as a three dollar bill.

    • Replies: @Jeff Stryker
  106. @Biff


    Any sane person on this blog is going to be anonymous and vague about their personal life because a good number of the posters here are nut jobs. The people here posting under real names and E mails with their photographs are mad, in my opinion.

    I don’t so much fear the rural and exurban white proles like Attila or unemployed white IT guys here who accuse everyone of being Indian because some Brahmin moved into Aptose and treated them like Dalits.

    These white people have no disposable income or ability to travel because they are townies and hicks whose job can be done by Mexicans and therefore have no money. The blacks who accuse me of being racists on threads full of racial slurs don’t scare me either because they are also young and poor.

    But I don’t want the few expats on here to work out where I live in Asia or what I do. They are more balanced and sane-seeming, but you never know.

    Expats here will find my bio familiar. And my way of thinking.

    Posters like you are talking to the REAL DISSIDENTS. We are men who have simply walked off from the system and had a better thing going overseas than they could as whites in the US. r

  107. @Sparkon


    Private citizens have arms depots now? Reagan didn’t work for the US government between December 1945 and January 1981, unless you count inactive reserve.

    Khomeini had lived in exile in Iraq from 1965 through 1978, when Saddam expelled him.

    To Paris. John Cleese had some fun with that.

    Who was stirring up all this trouble?

    The same two factions that have been doing so since Mohammed’s demise. Westerners are just tinsel.

  108. @Reg Cæsar


    Why were the roaring 90’s better than the 70’s during the Clinton administration of Carter was so much better?

    Why was the last decent economy during the nineties when Clinton was president than during the seventies when Carter was president?

    Why was crime higher during the seventies than in the nineties during the Clinton era?

    Why were there no wars between the Bush presidencies?

    By all measures the nineties was the last great decade. And a Democrat was president.

    I don’t care at all about Clinton’s private life or whether he was a liar, which of course he was.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  109. Anonymous[796] • Disclaimer says:

    Now where’s the links investigating formalin in the Indonesian chickens? There aren’t any because no one in Indonesia cares enough. Nggak apa… Enak ya, mas?

  110. Sparkon says:

    I asked “Who was stirring up all this trouble?” Fara Mansoor sheds light:

    ” . . . . By late August [of 1977], the Shah was totally confused. U.S. Ambassador Sullivan recorded the Shah’s pleadings over the outbreak of violence: ‘He said the pattern was widespread and that it was like an outbreak of a sudden rash in the country…it gave evidence of sophisticated planning and was not the work of spontaneous oppositionists…the Shah presented that it was the work of foreign intrigue…this intrigue went beyond the capabilities of the Soviet KGB and must, therefore, also involve British and American CIA. The Shah went on to ask ‘Why was the CIA suddenly turning against him? What had he done to deserve this sort of action from the United States?’
    “I have collected enough data to yield a very clear picture. Mr. Bush’s lieutenants removed the Shah, brought Khomeini back to Iran, and guided his rise to power, sticking it to President Carter, the American people (52 in particular), and the Iranian people.”

  111. @Jeff Stryker

    Clinton inherited a “peace dividend” to which he himself had made no contribution. He also had the luxury of a Republican Congress to keep him in check. Carter didn’t. Hell, Bush, Reagan, and Nixon didn’t, either.

    The 1920s, Prohibition (1918) aside, was a great decade. Peace and prosperity. Nobody holds up Warren Harding as a great president, or even gives him credit. He was basically Clinton with consent.

  112. @Truth

    “These gentlemen here, by and large, don’t believe in “The Lord”, Old Sport…”

    And the good Lord, being the gentleman that He is; has removed His hedge of safety- and surprise!… A more red- blooded, hungry people have replaced you.

    • Agree: Truth
  113. @Jeff Stryker

    “He helps those who help themselves…”

    Nothing could be farther from the scriptural truth; by saying this you make the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ no account.

  114. AKAHorace says:
    @Linh Dinh

    There are better bars in North America, don’t judge us all by the “Friendly Lounge”.

  115. gepay says:
    @jacques sheete

    I am apparently older than youall – born in the late 40s. Even Americans before me – the Depression and WW2 would not be characterized as the “good times”. While the 50s with American world manufacturing dominance were good for many Americans – unionized labor was now included. Everybody else below the middle class was subject to the rolling recessions and blacks, of course, to segregation. Indians were never included. While the Korean War had made sure the Military Industrial Complex continued, the Cold War insured a military Keynsian boost to the economy. Though Eisenhower and other WW2 veterans made sure the US got good bang for the military buck. Nowadays the money is excessive but the product doesn’t work – the F35 or the 4.4 billion dollar destroyer or … The early 60s of the Kennedy years were the apex. Even a person like me, the son of conservative Nixon voters, could see there was something vastly wrong with the Vietnam War. The system is always rigged for the present elite. The MIC national security complex that killed the reforming JFK, MLK. and RFK got away with it – gaining more power with each succeeding decade. The US used to be so isolationist that Roosevelt needed Pearl Harbor to get us into WW2 – Now….There was the stagflation of the 70s – the unions still had enough power so that wages could keep up. The 70s oil price jump put most of the 3rd world into debt slavery that continues today. It also caused the inflation along with the price of the Vietnam War. So Nixon went to China to open it up – not to open up a market of over a billion people but to gain access to hundreds of millions of disciplined literate but low wage workers. Reagan announced the american unions were toast with the crushing of the Air Traffic Controllers strike. Air conditioning had allowed the US factories to move to the non-unionized South on their way to Mexico when the tax forgiveness ran out. Then Mao died and the move to China began. Dimitri Orlov saw how empire hollowed out the Soviet Union until it collapsed. He sees the same symptoms now in the US . Chris hedges US throwaway zones like East St Louis or Camden New Jersey or much of West Virginia is moving to the American midwest Heartland. This is not mentioning the 3rd wold inner city ghettos which as many commenters mention are crime infested and dangerous – European tourists getting off a wrong exit in Miami are murdered. While some of these mass murderers are mind programmed killers or patsies – others are done by the alienated denizens of a sick society which is increasingly atomized as Dinh writes about. there will always be isolated pockets of the good times here and there in the US.

  116. yep..the south philly i grew up in died off 30 years ago….and the change to 1984 is almost complete..miss you buddy.and all those adventures in barflyland…keep on breathing..the last of the sane people need your insights..

  117. @Linh Dinh

    big brother is always watching here in philly,worse since you left..the friendly is just living out the string..people who used to like my paintings now blocked me and won’t talk to me anymore..even the ones who would agree with me..the pc police has to have blind’re right ,strippers are less judgemental,and the price for their conversations in the end costs less.

  118. as for the barfly scene,i’m still trying to get the nerve..can’t drive in jersey on even 1 beer these’s been a partail police state for 30 years,in parts..all those areas where they had all the hate has no place in this house signs up,but no flags..are putting up walls,or have attack dogs…the junkies in kensigton are still there…but at least the pennsport is still close by…o’jungs now has a decent roast beef sandwich for 6 bucks..i still stop by the friendly when dom’s on.but the hipsters show up at 4..and control the i go to the black cat,nickles or ojung’s…gotta go to fatso’s again..but it ain’t the same without you..gonna make a trip to billy boy’s in the barrens this spring,after the global warming,that’s turned into global freezing,goes away for the springtime..

  119. @Linh Dinh

    i’m always alone would only bother me if i actually liked most people..but i don’t…ciao for now

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