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Seth Rogen Laughs Off Someone Else’s Theft in Los Angeles: ‘It’s Called Living in a Big City’

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My uncle was a surgeon in New York City during the bad old pre-Giuliani 1990s days. He would tell me a story of one of his interns who — back in the days when car stereos were a popular item to steal — had his window smashed and his CD player lifted three or four times.

He finally gave up and put a sign in his window: “No stereo.” He came out after an overnight shift to find the window smashed anyway. “Get a stereo,” the note inside read.

Apocryphal? Perhaps, although I know my uncle was looking to move back to Los Angeles at the time, having had enough of New York City life. He eventually made it back there, although not to Los Angeles proper.

That’s probably a good thing because, to hear actor Seth Rogen tell it, getting your car broken into is just part of the fun of living in Los Angeles. Sometimes they’ll even leave a knife behind, he said! That’s even better than a “get a stereo” note!

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In a Thanksgiving Eve Twitter thread that proved Hollywood celebs inhabit a different solar system than we do, Rogen threw shade on a YouTuber angry his car had gotten broken into, saying, “It’s called living in a big city.”

The whole thing started when vlogger and influencer Casey Neistat — who, in all fairness, isn’t the William F. Buckley of Twitter — described getting his car broken into: “so our cars got robbed this morning because Los Angeles is a crime riddled 3rd world s***hole of a city but tremendous appreciation and gratitude to the hardworking officers at the @LAPDWestLA who not only arrested the motherf****r but they got all of our stolen goods back.”

Thanks for the update, I guess.

Rogen — star of “Knocked Up,” “The Interview” and pretty much any movie where they need a stoner type who’ll method-act — felt compelled to defend his fair city: “Dude I’ve lived here for over 20 years. You’re nuts haha. It’s lovely here. Don’t leave anything valuable in it. It’s called living in a big city,” Rogen tweeted.

“i can still be mad tho right? feel so violated,” Neistat responded.

“You can be mad but I guess I don’t personally view my car as an extension of myself and I’ve never really felt violated any of the 15 or so times my car was broken in to,” Rogen tweeted.

“Once a guy accidentally left a cool knife in my car so if it keeps happening you might get a little treat.”

“i didn’t get any treats. he just took the decorations for my daughters 7th birthday party and left bloody hand prints. serious question; how did you get your car broken into 15 times?” Neistat said, to which Rogen responded that he’d “lived in West Hollywood for 20 years and parked on the street.”

By this point, however, people weren’t quite as interested in the sub-Socratic dialogue between Neistat and Rogen and more curious about why a mega-millionaire was telling another person (who probably isn’t lacking for money himself, but that’s not the point) to laugh off theft as if it’s a hee-larious part of living in La-La Land.

“When people talk about celebrities being disconnected from the reality of normal people, this is what they are talking about,” user @DBCWriter wrote.

“Defending the quality of life in your city by referencing the 15 times your car was broken into and the possibility that you may get a free weapon left by a criminal, is not the defense you think it is,” tweeted writer and educator Joel Petlin. “Nobody should accept lawlessness. Not celebrities like @Sethrogen or anyone.”

The Libertarian Party of New Hampshire, meanwhile, chimed in a definition that Rogen should become acquainted with:

Attorney Matt Bilinsky called him “an insufferable twit with not the slightest sense of reality nor instinct of good faith.”

“Only a person of low character such as yourself would smugly dismiss people’s (very valid) concerns about the current state of crime & public safety in Los Angeles,” Bilinsky said.

Rogen doesn’t seem to care how self-defeating this all sounds: “A lot of people come at me and talk s*** on Twitter hoping I’ll engage with them publicly and give them attention, but instead I DM them and tell them to go f*** themselves privately. It’s a lot more fun,” he tweeted in the aftermath of the kerfuffle. (He purportedly did this with Bilinsky; the attorney posted screenshots of DMs from Rogen saying “no clue who you are but I came across this and I kindly invite you to go f*** yourself. Haha now I’m reading your IG posts and I see who you are.”)

Is Hollywood out of touch?

There’s a wider lesson here besides an object lesson in the dangers of marijuana use. Since he first appeared on the TV show “Freaks and Geeks” in 1999 at the age of 16, Rogen has been a well-paid cog in the Hollywood machine, no matter how many times he’s left his car out on the street to be robbed in West Hollywood. Most of us wouldn’t be happy to get a knife out of the deal.

Rogen is among the lucky few who get to insulate themselves against the realities of the city going on around them, either because they have the money to afford setbacks or the money to afford ample security. Unlike in Tom Wolfe’s “Bonfire of the Vanities,” these Sherman McCoys aren’t going to make a wrong turn and suddenly be hit with the grim realities that can befall those who don’t have the money to wall themselves off against the world.

For those not making millions in the entertainment industry, Los Angeles is an expensive city in an expensive state. When one of L.A.’s richer residents tells us we should expect property crime as part of the charm of “living in a big city,” it’s little wonder why California residents are leaving the state at a massive clip. For those who haven’t abandoned the Golden State yet, perhaps they should consider Seth Rogen’s tweet their own personal “get a stereo” note.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Thanks to Hot Mic, Entire World Hears Biden Curse Fox Reporter Who Nailed Him with Tough Question

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President Joe Biden called Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy a “stupid son of a b****” Monday after the reporter asked him a question about the impact of inflation on the 2022 midterms.

The White House staff was trying to usher reporters out the room when Doocy called out to Biden, “Will you take questions on inflation? Do you think inflation is a political liability in the midterms?”

Biden did not seem to be aware his mic was still on when he responded under his breath with sarcasm, “It’s a great asset.”

“What a stupid son of a b****,” the president added.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the price of consumer goods rose 7 percent in 2021, a 40-year high.

A Fox News poll released on Sunday found that 85 percent are worried about inflation, and 48 percent believe that Biden’s policies are primarily responsible for the spike.

By comparison, during former President Donald Trump’s time in office, inflation hovered at around 2 percent annually.

Inflation of course hits people where they live, and in a sense is an insidious tax on their income.

The nearly $2 trillion American Rescue Plan, passed in March 2021, extended enhanced unemployment benefits until September of last year, and upped the child “tax credit” to as high as $300 per month, per child.

Both of these policies were inflationary because they incentivized people not to go back to work, meaning employers had to raise wages to try to fill positions, leading to higher prices for consumers.

In addition, people had a lot of printed and borrowed government money to spend. More dollars chasing fewer goods and services equals inflation.

The Democratic Party appears to be in trouble heading into the midterms.

A Gallup survey released last week showed a 14-point swing in favor of Republican Party affiliation, giving the GOP its greatest advantage since 1991.

Glenn Youngkin’s victory in the Virginia governor’s race and the GOP flipping the state’s House of Delegates — a state Biden won by 10 percentage points in 2020, mind you — is just one of the places in last November’s off-year elections that signaled a challenging midterms for the Democrats.

Doocy asked a reasonable question. Biden should have answered it instead of offering an expletive in response.

Doocy appeared to take it all in stride, joking to Fox News host Jesse Watters after the incident, “Nobody has fact-checked him yet and said it’s not true.”

A red wave is forming likely to sweep many Democrats out of office in November, and their own inflationary policies will be partly to blame.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

President Joe Biden called Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy a “stupid son of a b****” Monday after the reporter asked him a question about the impact of inflation on the 2022 midterms. The White House staff was trying to usher reporters out the room when Doocy called out to Biden, “Will you take questions on inflation? Do you think inflation is a political liability in the midterms?” Biden did not seem to be aware his mic was still on when he responded under his breath with sarcasm, “It’s a great asset.” “What a stupid son of a b****,” the president added. The President of the United States just called Peter Doocy “a stupid son-of-a-bitch.” pic.twitter.com/rQQo3n1IZ7 — Townhall.com (@townhallcom) January 24, 2022 The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the price of consumer goods rose 7 percent in 2021, a 40-year high. A Fox News poll released on Sunday found that 85 percent are worried about inflation, and 48 percent believe that Biden’s policies are primarily responsible for the spike. By comparison, during former President Donald Trump’s time in office, inflation hovered at around 2 percent annually. Inflation of course hits people where they live, and in a sense is an insidious tax on their income. The nearly $2 trillion American Rescue Plan, passed in March 2021, extended enhanced unemployment benefits until September of last year, and upped the child “tax credit” to as high as $300 per month, per child. Both of these policies were inflationary because they incentivized people not to go back to work, meaning employers had to raise wages to try to fill positions, leading to higher prices for consumers. In addition, people had a lot of printed and borrowed government money to spend. More dollars chasing fewer goods and services equals inflation. The Democratic Party appears to…

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Georgia Pastor Arrested; Cops Say ‘Ministry’ Basement Was Being Used to Imprison Disabled People

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Depending on whom you ask, Curtis Keith Bankston is either a man of God with a long history of helping people, or he is someone who uses his purported religious credentials as a front for abusing the mentally and physically challenged.

Police have arrested Bankston and his wife, Sophia Simm-Bankston, after the discovery of multiple neglected people locked in an unlicensed “group home” in Griffin, Georgia, which is part of the Atlanta metropolitan area.

The 55-year-old Bankston was arrested on Jan. 13 and charged with false imprisonment after police raided the home where he and his wife operated an unlicensed adult care facility.

Simm-Bankston, 56, was arrested on Jan. 20 on the same charges in connection with the 2nd Chance Program, registered in-state in August 2020 as a nonprofit that offers room, boarding and food.

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An investigation into the group home was launched after firefighters and medical personnel responded to a patient having a seizure at the home on Valley Road on Jan. 13, WAGA-TV reported.

When they got to the location, first responders found the entrance to the basement was dead-bolted, and they had to climb through a window to reach the patient.

In the basement, they found as many as eight mentally or physically disabled people had been locked inside by the husband and wife, according to the outlet.

While the facility was registered in-state, it had been operating unlicensed under the auspices of an alleged church called the One Step of Faith 2nd Chance, where Bankston claims to be a pastor. Simm-Bankston was listed as the organization’s secretary.

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A search of the location led officials to conclude the husband and wife were in control of the disabled people’s finances, benefits and medications — with investigators claiming the couple in some cases would deny the individuals their medication and medical care.

“It is both frightening and disgusting to see the degree to which these individuals have been taken advantage of by people who were in a position of trust,” the Griffin Police Department told WAGA-TV in a statement.

For his part, Bankston denied any wrongdoing through his attorney, Dexter Wimbish.

“At no time was anybody held against their will. There was no kidnapping,” Wimbish said, as reported by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “There is no fraud here. This is simply a Christian man who was following his calling to help those who are in need. We cannot sit by and allow ministry to be attacked.”

Wimbish characterized the situation as a “zoning issue that has become criminalized,” claiming residents were fed three times each day and adding he had checks to prove many of them had conservators controlling their finances that paid money directly to Bankston’s church for room and board.

“That is poor judgment, it is unfortunate, it is likely a violation of a local ordinance,” Wimbish said of the locked entrance that blocked first responders’ initial attempt to enter the facility. “But it is not kidnapping, and it’s not false imprisonment. And that’s what the narrative is.”

At least one person backed up what Wimbish said about his client.

Curtis Carter, pastor of 1st True Faith Deliverance Church in Decatur, said he’s known Bankston for more than three decades and vouched for him.

“For me to hear the allegations against him, it disturbed my spirit because he’s worked with my church, he’s worked in my community and his character is beautiful,” Carter told the Journal-Constitution. “He’s not a so-called pastor or so-called preacher. He is a man of God.”

The Georgia Department of Human Services has placed all affected resident of the group home into suitable care and housing.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

Depending on whom you ask, Curtis Keith Bankston is either a man of God with a long history of helping people, or he is someone who uses his purported religious credentials as a front for abusing the mentally and physically challenged. Police have arrested Bankston and his wife, Sophia Simm-Bankston, after the discovery of multiple neglected people locked in an unlicensed “group home” in Griffin, Georgia, which is part of the Atlanta metropolitan area. The 55-year-old Bankston was arrested on Jan. 13 and charged with false imprisonment after police raided the home where he and his wife operated an unlicensed adult care facility. Simm-Bankston, 56, was arrested on Jan. 20 on the same charges in connection with the 2nd Chance Program, registered in-state in August 2020 as a nonprofit that offers room, boarding and food. An investigation into the group home was launched after firefighters and medical personnel responded to a patient having a seizure at the home on Valley Road on Jan. 13, WAGA-TV reported. When they got to the location, first responders found the entrance to the basement was dead-bolted, and they had to climb through a window to reach the patient. In the basement, they found as many as eight mentally or physically disabled people had been locked inside by the husband and wife, according to the outlet. Pastor Curtis Keith Bankston, 55, and his wife Sophia Simm-Bankston, 56, of Griffin, were arrested for false imprisonment after authorities found 8 people suffering from a mental or physical disability between the ages of 25 & 65 inside the basement home https://t.co/TrJ9mCDXNd — atasteofcreole (@atasteofcreole) January 23, 2022 While the facility was registered in-state, it had been operating unlicensed under the auspices of an alleged church called the One Step of Faith 2nd Chance, where Bankston claims to be…

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