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America is in trouble.

As I type this, it’s Sunday night, capping off an exceptionally violent weekend from coast to coast. I may be hyper-aware of it because here in Illinois, Chicago has largely reverted to the “Adventures in Babysitting Chicago” of the mid-1980s: a dirty, scary place where you don’t want to take your kids. And it, like much of the state, is run by absolute clowns. When when I travel to New York and Los Angeles, I get a look at other sets of problems that are equally troubling, and Bill Maher just wrapped them all up with a bow.

Friday night’s episode of Real Time with Bill Maher was a good one, but one particular segment really hit the mark, and it did it on the cusp of a deadly weekend. Brazen robberies; shoplifting in the open; porch pirates; home invasions; auto break-ins, fistfights on airplanes; and entertainers getting attacked on stage… it’s what happens in a world with no consequences.

Check out New Rule: American Carnage below:

Real Time with Bill Maher airs Fridays at 10:00 pm ET/PT on HBO, with additional replays throughout the week on HBO and HBO 2. The show also streams on HBO Max.

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James Zahn aka The Rock Father is the founder and publisher of The Rock Father Magazine, and also serves as Editor-in-Chief of The Toy Book, and Senior Editor of The Toy Insider and The Pop Insider. Zahn is an Illinois-based writer, media personality, commentator, director, actor, adventurer, raconteur, and overall pop culture and toy enthusiast. James is frequently called upon for expert commentary on the toy industry and has been seen on or quoted in Yahoo! Finance, CNN, FOX Business, MarketWatch, Forbes, NBC, ABC, CBS, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The NY Post, The Chicago Tribune, PopSugar, Fangoria, Starlog, and many more. He has been involved with business, entertainment, and media for more than 30 years, with a passion for music, film, retail, and publishing. Follow James on Twitter @TheRockFather. Email him: