WHO THE HELL IS, “COMEDIAN” SETH ROGAN?

SURPRISE! I am told, Seth Rogan is a Canadian-American,  Jewish, Socialist, Swine!  :)

From wikipedia

Seth Aaron Rogen (/ˈrɡən/; born April 15, 1982) is a Canadian actor, comedian, writer, producer, and director. Having begun as a stand-up comedian in Vancouver, he moved to Los Angeles for a part in Judd Apatow‘s series Freaks and Geeks, and then got a part on the sitcom Undeclared, which also hired him as a writer. After landing his job as a staff writer on the final season of Da Ali G Show, Apatow guided him toward a film career. As a staff writer, he was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series.

Seth Rogen
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Rogen in 2019
Born
Seth Aaron Rogen

April 15, 1982(age 38)

Citizenship
  • Canada
  • United States
Occupation
  • Actor, comedian, writer, producer & director
Years active 1999–present
Spouse(s)
Lauren Miller(m. 2011)

Rogen made his first movie appearance in Donnie Darko with a minor role in 2001. Rogen was cast in a supporting role and credited as a co-producer in Apatow’s directorial debut, The 40-Year-Old Virgin. Universal Pictures subsequently cast him as the lead in Apatow’s films Knocked Up and Funny People. Rogen co-starred as Steve Wozniak in Universal’s Steve Jobs biopic in 2015. In 2016, he developed the AMC television series Preacher with his writing partner Evan Goldberg and Sam Catlin. He also serves as a writer, executive producer, and director, with Goldberg.

Rogen and Goldberg co-wrote the films Superbad, Pineapple Express, The Green Hornet, This Is the End, and directed both This Is the End and The Interview; all of which Rogen starred in. For his activity in The Disaster Artist, he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award. He has also done voice work for the films Horton Hears a Who!, the Kung Fu Panda film series, The Spiderwick Chronicles, Monsters vs. Aliens, Paul, Sausage Party, and Pumbaa in the 2019 remake of The Lion King. For his performance in the comedy box office bomb Zeroville, he was nominated for a Razzie for Worst Supporting Actor, losing out to British comedian and talk show host James Corden for the musical bomb Cats.

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SETH ROGAN IS JUST AN AVERGE GUY—LIKE YOIU AND ME—AND IS WORTH $55,000,000 

Seth Rogan (totally undistinguished) FILMOGRAPHY: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0736622/

 

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Palestinian Authority’s Supreme Sharia Judge invokes Qur’an: “Kill them wherever you find them”

“Kill them wherever you find them” appears in the Qur’an at 2:191 and 4:89, and 9:5 says “kill the idolaters wherever you find them.”

Mahmoud Al-Habbash’s words here shows how seriously some Muslims today take these commands. 1,400 years have proven that individuals, groups and countries have been committing the worst abuses against humanity in the name of Islam. No other religion sanctions such abuses, which in the Islamic world are not only preached and acted upon by what Westerners call the most “radical jihadist groups,” but are propagated by the Islamic mainstream, including the highest authorities, such as Mahmoud Al-Habbash, in the Palestinian Authority, as well as those in Iran, Turkey, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and other countries. Warfare against and subjugation of unbelievers is also taught at Cairo’s Al Azhar and by the Muslim Brotherhood, and the list goes on.

“PA: Quran commands fighting and permits killing Israelis,” by Itamar Marcus, Palestinian Media Watch, May 26, 2020:

Head of PA Islamic courts:

“If someone comes to attack me… my home… my land… my homeland… my property… my honor… my family… your existence… your rights… your souls.” What must be done? “I am commanded to fight him… I am allowed to kill him”

The radical Islamist ideology that one expects to hear from ISIS and Iran is taking over the Palestinian Authority’s religious ideology. One of the most important religious leaders in the PA has announced a list of 10 “transgressions” for which Palestinians are “commanded” to fight and “allowed” to kill the “transgressors.” The “transgressions” seem to have been carefully selected in order to turn every single Israeli into a target that every Palestinian Muslim is “commanded” to fight and “allowed” kill.

The set of capital transgressions was mentioned during a relgious [sic] lesson on official PA TV by Mahmoud Al-Habbash, who PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas appointed to be both the Supreme Shari’ah Judge and the Chairman of the Supreme Council for Shari’ah Justice, in addition to his being Abbas’ personal advisor on Islam until a year ago. His religious rulings are supreme in the PA.

The PA religious leader quoted from the Quran: “kill them,” and then defined who it is who should be killed. Feigning moderation, Al-Habbash first taught that people should not be killed without reason, whether “Muslims, infidels, idol worshippers, or people of the book [Jews and Christians].”

However, he said, there are 10 “transgressions” for which Muslims – and therefore Palestinians too – are commanded by Allah to fight, and kill if necessary. Although Al-Habbash didn’t mention Israel or Jews by name, it is clear from the context and from many years of demonization and libeling of Israelis and Jews by Al-Habbash and many other PA leaders that he was announcing to Palestinians that Israelis must be targeted.

The following are the PA’s 10 “transgressions”:

“If someone comes to attack me … my home… my land… my homeland… my property… my honor… my family… your existence… your rights… your souls.”

What must be done?

“I am commanded to fight him. I am commanded to confront him, I am commanded to resist him, and I am allowed to kill him if necessary as Prophet [Muhammad] said and as this verse said: “And kill them wherever you find them.” … as long as they are targeting… you are allowed to fight them, and also to kill them.”

[Official PA TV, Review, Feb, 2, 2020]

Palestinians who have been listening to the PA hate propaganda for decades undoubtedly understand that the “transgressors” who Mahmoud Al-Habbash is talking about are Israelis. The PA has been saying for years that these capital “transgressions” are exactly what Israelis are doing. The following are a few examples:

PA: Israel’s existence is an attack on “your land”….

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“THE PRIVILEGE OF ANGER”

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Anger Privilege

BY:

THE GREAT

If you want to know who has privilege in a society and who doesn’t, follow the anger.

There are people in this country who can safely express their anger. And those who can’t. If you’re
angry that Trump won, your anger is socially acceptable. If you were angry that Obama won, it wasn’t. If you’re black and angry about the police, your anger is celebrated. If you’re white and angry about , or any leftist cause, you’re on the side of the angry angels.

But if you’re angry that your job is going to China or that you just missed being killed in a Muslim suicide bombing, your anger is unacceptable.

Not all anger is created equal. Some anger is privileged rage.


If you hang up an effigy of a Democrat governor while protesting the lockdowns, you will lose your job. But if you topple statues, loot stores, or throw bricks at police, celebrities funded by corporations will help bail you out. Violence, like anger, is also a matter of privilege. Only some get to do it.

Public acts of violence are not a symptom of oppression, but of privilege.

Good anger gets you a gig as a CNN commentator. Bad anger gets you hounded out of your job. Good anger isn’t described as anger at all. Instead it’s linguistically whitewashed as “passionate” or “courageous”. Bad anger however is “worrying” or “dangerous”. Angry left-wing protesters “call out”, angry right-wing protesters “threaten”. Good anger is left-wing. Bad anger is right-wing.

Socially acceptable displays of anger, from Occupy Wall Street to Black Lives Matter riots to the anti-Trump marches to the furious campus protests, are invariably left-wing. They’re never described as dangerous even when they trash, loot, kill, and burn cities to the ground. That’s privilege.

Why were chants of “Lock her up” immoderate, but not Bush era cries of “Jail to the chief”? Why were Tea Party rallies “ominous” but throwing Molotov cocktails at cops is “courageous”? Why is killing Trump on stage the hottest thing to hit Shakespeare while a rodeo clown who wore an Obama mask was hounded by everyone from the Lieutenant Governor of Missouri to the NAACP?

Not all anger is equal. Anger, like everything else, is ideologically coded. Left-wing anger is good because its ideological foundations are good. Right-wing anger is bad because its ideology is bad.

It’s not the level of anger, its intensity or its threatening nature that makes it good or bad.

And that is why the left so easily slips into violence. All its ideological ends are good. Therefore its means, from mass starvation to gulags to riots and tyranny, must be good. If I slash your tires because of your Obama bumper sticker”, I’m a monster. But if you key my car because of my Trump bumper sticker, you’re fighting racism and fascism. Your tactics might be in error, but your viewpoint isn’t.

There are no universal standards of behavior. Civility, like everything else, is ideologically limited.

Intersectionality frowns on expecting civil behavior from “oppressed” protesters. Asking that shrieking campus crybully not to scream threats in your face is “tone policing”. A black millionaire’s child at Yale is fighting for her “existence”, unlike the Pennsylvania coal miner, the Baltimore police officer and the Christian florist whose existences really are threatened.

Tone policing is how the anger of privileged leftists is protected while the frustration of their victims is suppressed. The existence of tone policing as a specific term to protect displays of left-wing anger shows the collapse of civility into anger privilege. Civility has been replaced by a political entitlement to anger.

The left prides itself on an unearned moral superiority (“When they go low, we go high”) reinforced by its own echo chamber even as it has become incapable of controlling its angry outbursts. The national tantrum after Trump’s victory has all but shut down the government, turned every media outlet into a non-stop feed of conspiracy theories and set off protests that quickly escalated into street violence.

But Trump Derangement Syndrome is a symptom of a problem with the left that existed before he was born and one that continues even in contexts where he isn’t the issue. The left is an angry movement. It is animated by an outraged self-righteousness whose moral superiority doubles as dehumanization. And its machinery of culture glamorizes its anger. The media dresses up the seething rage so that the left never has to look at its demons in the mirror of its soul.

The left is as angry as ever. Campus riots and assassinations of Republican politicians are nothing new. What is changing is that its opponents are beginning to match its anger. The left still clings to the same anger it had when it was a theoretical movement with plans, but little impact on the country. The outrage at the left is no longer ideological. There are millions of people whose livelihoods were ruined, whose rights were taken away, whose land was seized, and whose children were turned against them. There are people whose small businesses have been shut down or burned to the ground.

The angry left has gained a great deal of power. It has used that power to wreck lives. But monopolies on anger only work in totalitarian states. In a free society, both sides are expected to control their anger and find terms on which to debate and settle issues. The left rejects civility and refuses to control its anger. The only settlement it will accept is absolute power. If an election doesn’t go its way, it will overturn the results. If someone offends it, he must be punished. Or there will be anger.

The angry left demands that everyone recognize the absolute righteousness of its anger as the basis for its power. This anger privilege, like tone policing, is often cast in terms of oppressed groups. But its anger isn’t in defiance of oppression, but in pursuit of oppression.

Anger privilege is used to silence opposition, to enforce illegal policies and to seize power. But the left’s monopolies on anger are cultural, not political. The entertainment industry and the media can enforce anger privilege norms through public shaming, but their smears can’t stop the consequences of the collapse of civility in public life. There are no monopolies on emotion.

When anger becomes the basis for political power, then it won’t stop with Howard Dean or Bernie Sanders. That’s what the left found out in the last election. Its phony pearl clutching was a reaction to the consequences of its destruction of civility. Its reaction to that show of anger by conservatives and independents was to escalate the conflict. Instead of being the opposition, the left became the “resistance”. Trump was simultaneously Hitler and a traitor. Republicans were evil beasts.

Anger has to go somewhere.

The left likes to think that its anger is good anger because it’s angry over the plight of illegal aliens, Muslim terrorists, transgender bathrooms, the lack of abortion in South Carolina, the minimum wage at Taco Bell, budget cuts, tax cuts, police arrests, drone strikes and all the other ways in which reality differs from its utopia. But all that anger isn’t the road to a better world, but to hate and violence.

Millions of leftists are told every day that Republicans are responsible for everything wrong with their lives, the country and the planet. Despite everything they do, all the petitions they sign, the marches they attend, the donations, the angry letters, the social media rants, Republicans continue to exist and even be elected to public office. Where does that anger go?

Either we have a political system based on existing laws and norms of civility. Or we have one based on coups and populist leftist anger. And there are already a whole bunch of those south of the border.

Leftist anger is a privileged bubble of entitlement that bursts every other election. Its choice is to try to understand the rest of the country or to intimidate, censor, oppress and eventually kill them.

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In the old days, when even a cold could be deadly, it was only polite to stay home. In a Wuhan virus time, we’re going to see a return to those manners.

When I was little, my mother often kept me home from school. Over the years, I’ve assumed this was because I was adept at manipulating her into thinking I was too sick to go to school, and she certainly did like having me home. In retrospect, though, I realize there was an additional factor involved.

My mother was older than my peers’ mothers, for she was almost 40 when I was born. She had grown up in a pre-antibiotic era, as well as surviving a concentration camp in the tropics. She’d had Diptheria as a child and tuberculosis in camp. She also got cave fever (whatever the heck that is) in Israel after the war and almost died.

The same was true for my dad, who was over 40 when I was born. He’d been born into the hell of post-WWI Berlin and, to make that more extreme, he’d spent his first five years in a slum before being placed in an orphanage. He’d had scarlet fever when he was little although thankfully it didn’t affect his heart. During the Israeli War of Independence, he almost died from some disease that no one at the time was able to identify. He died almost fifty years later without ever knowing what almost killed him.

For the first half of my parents’ lives before I was born, there was no such thing as a “little” illness. Every cold could become pneumonia. Every small cut was a pathway to sepsis.

When my friends’ American-born parents were sending them to school saying, “It’s just a little cold; you’ll be fine,” my mother was tucking me up in bed to recover safely. Moreover, she found it indescribably rude when other parents sent their sick children to school, which created the risk that I’d bring their germs home. All illness was dangerous.

Once I left home, I finally accepted the mores of my American culture. As a young lawyer, I worked a 60-80 week no matter what. Once I had children, the rule in our household, for adults as well as children, was that, if you didn’t have a high fever and weren’t losing fluids in unpleasant ways, you were well enough to go to school or go to work. For large chunks of the year, someone in our house was always sick, and the same was true for every house in the neighborhood. We were proud of our stoicism.

We had an advantage, though, when it came to being stoic, for we knew that these sicknesses weren’t going to kill us. Even when my son’s cold turned into pneumonia, a short stay in the hospital with an antibiotic IV cured him. (And yes, I did find it upsetting and worrying but he was bright as a penny again within one day of leaving the hospital.) For almost forty years, the rule in my life has been that illness is unpleasant, not fatal, so if you’re sick, out you go.

The Wuhan virus has changed my mind, and I suspect I’m not the only one. When I went running errands, I realized that thanks to the virus, the modern American mindset that has governed me for so long is over. We’re back to my parents’ world view.

I did not wear a mask to Lowe’s today because there are no active cases in my community. Only about 20% of the customers people in the store were masked.  and, while the employees all had masks on, most had them slung under their noses. I got the feeling that their mindset was “I’ve got to breathe but, if I sneeze, I won’t spray my germs.”

However, if an unmasked customer in a Lowe’s aisle had coughed in my direction, I would have skittered out of that aisle. While I’m willing to be out and about and proceed mostly in a normal fashion, I suddenly have developed my parents’ mindset: If you’re sick, stay home and don’t make other people sick. Even a little cough can be deadly.

I suspect I won’t be alone. Indeed, thanks to telecommuting, even those businesses that still maintain some office will encourage their employees to work from home if they’re the slightest bit symptomatic. Schools will probably be the same.

What happened yesterday at my hairstylist, though, was completely over the top. Thanks to state regulations and insurance requirements, I felt as if I was going into the cleanroom at some hi-tech manufacturer. I’ve already blogged about the hoops I had to jump through just to get there so I won’t repeat it here. Let me just say that, if you’re wearing a mask when you get your haircut, you end up with your mask filled with hair. It’s ugly.

Still, there is good news, which is that I may have just gotten the best haircut ever. This is a new stylist because my first attempt at getting a haircut here in South Carolina was not pretty. This new gal is a genius and I am ridiculously happy. The laughable hoops and the hair-filled mask were worth it. Even better, the cut cost 65% less than I would have paid in California. Can’t beat that!

Image: Photo by Andrea Piacquadio from Pexels (cropped).

How to Ruin Your Life in Twenty-Five Minutes or Less!

Kids, don’t try this at home! A guy, I hesitate to use the word “man”, attempted to use a rural gun range recently. Zonathan Derrell Butler, 29, was refused entry into the Linden Gun Range, southeast of Linden California, because it was not open to the public. Mature individual that he was, he threatened the worker who refused him entrance, and from the parking lot, discharged his .40 cal handgun at least 29 times. He then fled the scene at a high rate of speed. Sheriff’s deputies pursued him and managed to catch up, after good ol’ Z.D. lost control of his vehicle as well, and crashed on an arrow straight portion of Highway 4. Did quite the number on his car, too! Pretty much totaled it.

His life went from unlimited potential to zero in less than half an hour’s time!

He was taken to a nearby hospital for clearance before being booked into San Joaquin County jail, on five felony charges. If you ask me, poor Z.D. is still angry with his parents for naming him Zonathan Derrell.

 

Mike writes at Proof Positive

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Meet Todd Hagopian: The CEO who is the Libertarian Nominee for Oklahoma State Corporation Commission!

First Statewide LP Win is Difficult BUT Possible

I had the pleasure of interviewing a Libertarian statewide candidate for office who has some of the necessary conditions for victory BUT NOT all yet.

Todd Hagopian is the LP nominee for Oklahoma State Corporation Commission. The Commission is an obscure but powerful agency that regulates the oil and gas industry, public utilities and transportation. (The Commonwealth of Virginia has a SCC as well and it is elected, not by the people but by the legislature. I have always felt the specialty work of the SCC is ill-suited for popular election but Todd has moved my needle – if I were running for statewide office or legislature as a Libertarian I think I would call for the SCC to be popularly elected – but I am officially undecided on this yet.) I got to know Todd through my live blog of the LP Convention.

Hagopian is a corporate CEO. His company is Unarco – not an oil and gas concern although it sounds like one – but nearly an exact opposite: Manufacturer of shopping carts. Yes. Shopping carts! If you live in Danville, Virginia, you might work for Todd! Unarco has a factory in Danville that was placed there prior to Hagopian’s tenure as CEO began two years ago.

I like Todd; he’s a solid candidate. He was in business management (Senior Manager at Whirlpool for almost seven years and then Business Unit Manager with Illinois Tool Works with nearly three years before being hired as CEO of Unarco – and Hagopian is only 40 years old! [I will officially lay down for a few minutes until the aging crisis passes!]) after education in Michigan (BS – Eastern Michigan U and MBA from Michigan State. So if you are Spartan alum or an EMU Eagles alum – maybe consider helping Todd!) Unarco is owned by a company that is owned by Berkshire Hathaway – who is led by a guy from Omaha named Buffett!

Another favorable aspect of this race is – no Democrat and the GOP is likely to run the incumbent, although there is a primary. It is a ballot access race and all Hagopian needs for the LP is 2.5 percent (Oklahoma used to be 10% like that other state where there is a Unarco factory but unlike that state, they decided to be reasonable and lower that vote amount to avoid petitioning to 2.5%.) But, there will always be those who think: Too many terms and too many uncontested races.

The LP position on regulations ought to help Hagopian in that this agency is powerful and behind the scenes. Here are Todd’s three bullet points:

  • 1) Cut The Red Tape
  • 2) Stop Letting Government Pick Winners/Losers
  • 3) Put Oklahomans Back To Work!

Sometimes these down ballot races produce a dynamic that is favorable for a challenger. Some voters might vote Trump/Pence but feel the oil companies have too much power or utilities get too many perks so they vote for the challenger. Might also be a feeling of “the incumbent’s got this in the bag” (President Hillary Clinton can tell you about that…) and does not get out and campaign. Or commits a gaffe.

Areas of concern: Will the Dems sit out this election? Will Sooners object to a newcomer (two years a resident) running for a statewide office?

This race might be one that LP members and Friends of Liberty (like me) ought to donate to. I do not intend (as a general rule) to solicit funds for other candidates – could be in violation of local campaign finance laws. But if you believe in liberty, maybe you should give up some item (for me – sweet tea!) and give the money to a fine candidate like Todd Hagopian or Gideon Oakes. If ten thousand of you out there gave $25 to each one – both candidates would have $250,000. Here is Todd’s website. Sacrificial giving helped the Christian Church send people to the four corners of the earth to preach the Gospel and something like that habit could result in wins for Liberty!

Photo and logo courtesy Todd Hagopian. Isn’t that a neat logo? I really like it. This article is not yet an endorsement of Todd BUT…

Rep. Omar’s Anti-American, Criminally-Inciting Daughter….The Apple & The Tree….RIOTS: Ilhan Omar and Her Daughter Encourage Chaos and Mayhem in the Minnesota Streets – By Adina Kutnicki

 

Rep. Omar’s Anti-American, Criminally-Inciting Daughter….The Apple & The Tree….RIOTS: Ilhan Omar and Her Daughter Encourage Chaos and Mayhem in the Minnesota Streets –

By Adina Kutnicki

Ilhan Omar Somalian Daughter
Ilhan Omar Somalian Daughter

{Published at AmericasCivilWarRising.org}

INTRODUCTION BY ADINA KUTNICKIIf anyone is foolish enough to believe that (one of) the spawn of anti-American, pro-jihadi Rep. Omar “misspoke” in her overt support for the continued mayhem, chaos, arson, and total destruction of Minneapolis, one would be deadly wrong! In fact, just last week, as the nation celebrated Memorial Day, Omar’s wretched daughter called U.S. soldiers bitches, yes, bitches! Hey, devil-spawn, tell us what you really think…!!

…Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and her daughter are pushing for the chaos and mayhem in the streets of Minneapolis, Minn. that has turned the streets into a Somali-style war zone…..

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Minneapolis riots — Another leftist city reaps what it sowed

The riots in Minneapolis were inevitable for Leftist policies against racism and income inequality lead to racism, income inequality, and police brutality.

Tom Wolfe famously said, “The dark night of fascism is always descending in the United States and yet lands only in Europe.” Aside from being as true now as it was the day he spoke those words, a variant applies to America as well: “The dark night of racism and income inequality is always descending in America’s conservative heartland and yet lands only in its Democrat-run cities.”

This should not surprise anybody. Democrat policies, even as they ostensibly “fight” racism and income inequality, create the perfect environment for those vices to grow and eventually smother the host.

Income inequality inevitably occurs when the government perverts the marketplace. Humans are marvelously adaptable creatures. We will follow wherever the incentives lead. In leftist cities, the incentives are broken. The government puts its thumb on the scale all over the place.

As just one example, think of rent control, which leftists argue is necessary to ensure that poor people can afford rent. Additionally, what’s paired with rent control is a set of laws that makes it almost impossible for a landlord to evict non-rent paying tenants.

What these two sets of law do is shrink rental stock. If you have rent control and it’s impossible to evict deadbeat tenants, there’s no profit and therefore no incentive for people to invest in rental property. In addition, for those who have braved the rental market, landlords are loath to maintain it at anything other than a bare minimum of livability. This is why leftist cities end up with housing for the wealthy and slums (see, e.g., San Francisco). The process has been slower in Minneapolis, which has more acreage than San Francisco but rest assured, even Minneapolis will get there.

“Under-classism,” which is where so much racism incubates, will invariably occur when you have a government that incentives the underclass. Welfare is one example. I believe in taking care of the widows and orphans, by which I mean people who are truly unable to care for themselves. However, our welfare system, beginning in the 1960s, incentivized single-motherhood. Indeed, it was set up to ensure, not only that women jettisoned husbands, who decreased their welfare payments but to make it profitable to have more children.

Back in the 1970s, even 60 Minutes noticed a problem with this, for I distinctly remember an episode that spoke about the way New Jersey’s welfare system was set up to make having illegitimate babies economically sensible for young women, with more babies bringing in significantly more money. As well all know, single motherhood is the most certain path to generational poverty. That episode, by the way, was one of the first stepping stones in my long, slow journey across the Rubicon from Democrat to conservative.

Leftist cities also have hosts of regulations, all with an eye to making things “more fair” for the poor and for minorities. However, by making business too expensive and difficult, the laws just drive businesses out. I’ve written before about the way in which the legal problems associated with firing minority employees mean that employers leave the marketplace, creating unemployment and a lower tax base.

In addition, those laws tell minorities, who are not incompetent but are, instead, completely rational, know that they don’t have to work as hard to keep a job. The law, therefore, degrades them, for the offer employers their worst conduct not their best. “Best,” after all, takes energy, and conservation of energy is one of the universe’s most honored controlling principles.

Another way leftist cities creating an underclass is the misguided sympathy that sees them allowing street crimes and underwriting drug use. Last year, Chesa Boudin, San Francisco’s Marxist District Attorney, announced that he would no longer prosecute any lifestyle crimes, making the city one giant cesspool. Not only does this draw in the criminals and addicts, but it also drives out the tax base. People with jobs and families can no longer stay in that kind of environment.

One thing that happens when you’ve created this kind of landscape is that the police degrade. Instead of having true community policing, where the police and the law-abiding in the community have a partnership aimed at keeping the environment healthy, you end up with police facing off against the functional equivalent of zombies, whether gangbangers or insane druggies.

It’s the rare police officer dealing with this day after day who can hang onto humanity and decency. Eventually and inevitably, police stop seeing the people on the other side of the thin blue line as fellow humans. Instead, because government policies induce many to act like animals, the police fall into the error and evil of treating them that way.

This problem (i.e., police dehumanizing the citizens they’re supposed to protect) gets worse as good cops leave the police departments in decayed cities. Two things happen, then. First, the only ones left are the bad cops. Second, applicant quality declines, leaving the police departments stuck hiring people who shouldn’t be holding badges and guns. (I urge you to read the book I reviewed in this post, for it tells about the horrible damage a bad police department can do.)

When you have a large enough underclass, and you light the spark, suddenly you have Minneapolis. This poster sums it up:

Minneapolis riots v MLK civil rights protests

Martin Luther King led law-abiding citizens who dreamed of being middle-class people in a functional society. Black Lives Matters draws its strength from the mob. It has no intention of encouraging its followers into civilized behavior. It needs anger, chaos, and terror to achieve its power.

Part of me looks at what’s happening in Minneapolis and thinks, “That’s so awful. It’s a very nice Midwestern city and I really hate seeing random destruction.” The other part of me looks at what’s happening and thinks, “For decades, you’ve been pursuing hard-left policies that create greater economic inequalities and that highlight racial divides, all while you’ve been smugly telling conservatives that they’re evil for not doing the same as you. All you did, though, was worsen those problems. As you sow, so shall you reap. In other words, it couldn’t happen to a more smug group of leftists.”

Speaking of this karmic leftist wheel, which sees Democrat-run communities smugly enact policies that create greater poverty and more racism, lets talk about the mobs targeting Target. I’m sorry to see Target stores looted because I value private property and a well-ordered world.

Still, there is something karmic about it happening to Target of all companies. After all, Target, which is headquartered in Minneapolis, is one of America’s most dutiful virtue-signaling corporations. Who can forget its decision to open women’s restrooms to all genders? Likewise, if you go to a Target in June, you’re buried in LGBTQ rainbow iconography. The leftist virtue-signaling is smothering.

Of course, the sad thing is that these leftists will not learn from this failure. Instead, like the classic insane person, they’ll keep doing the same thing, all the while hoping for a different outcome. Indeed, if history is a guide, they’ll double down on their bad policies.