The Official Daily Banter Guide To Having a Socially Just and Cultural Appropriation-Free Halloween

By October 31, 2014

Even inadvertently, what you choose to dress as for Halloween can lead to a holiday that’s, I’m sorry to say, deeply problematic.


Mitch McConnell Sued by Democratic Challenger for Very Obvious Voter Intimidation

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It looks like McConnell will win this one anyway, with a polling lead of around five points. But why not attempt to suppress turnout anyway, you know, for the down-ballot races as well.

Republican Candidate’s Debate Anecdote Is Officially the World’s Worst Touching Story

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And it might not even be true.

Deepak Chopra Once Again Shows Why He’s Not To Be Taken Seriously

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Deepak Chopra talks about god and manages to say absolutely nothing coherent.

Bill O’Reilly Tells a Black Man That Republicans Are Scared Of Black People

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This is the most surprising statement since Major Understatement promoted Lieutenant Obvious.

Brittany Maynard Can End Her Life Whenever She Damn Well Pleases

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Some people disagree with Brittany Maynard’s decision to end her life. How. Dare. They.

The Giant, Ridiculous Soap Opera That Is Matt Taibbi’s Departure from First Look Media

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What a fucking mess.

Salon Does Not Want You to Enjoy Halloween

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Your child will get cancer and die if he/she does not wear hand made sustainable organic cotton costumes from fair trade-approved cooperatives.

Republican Governor Escalates War On Quarantined Woman Who’s Not a Health Risk

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Boy, that escalated quickly. I mean that really got out of hand — fast.

Christian Zealot Murders Teen Because the Bible Says So

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A community is shocked at a gruesome crime allegedly motivated by witchcraft, but the act was commanded by god himself.

The Daily Banter Video Mail Bag: The Taibbi First Look Bombshell, Tim Cook and Halloween

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This week, Ben Cohen, Chez Pazienza and Bob Cesca discuss the bombshell story about Matt Taibbi and First Look Media, as well as Tim Cook, Halloween and basket-weaving.

Liberals Cannibalize Each Other Over Supposedly Racist Catcalling Video

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Allegations of racism in a viral video on street harassment entirely miss the point.

“Bayghazi”: Yes, Michael Bay May Be Directing a Movie About Benghazi

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Because God hates us just that much.

Chris Christie’s 10 Prickiest Moments

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is making a career of being the guy who’s screaming at you out of his car window on the Parkway, but an objective media shouldn’t enable and encourage him.

I Received This Menacing Letter From the Democratic Party Trying To Shame Me Into Voting

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The New York Democratic Party takes a page out of the Mafia’s playbook to get out the vote.

Eric Holder on Press Freedom: “No Reporters are Going to Jail as Long as I’m Attorney General”

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Deal or not, Holder seems pretty unequivocal when he twice stated that no journalists will be going to jail on his watch.

The Male/Female Double-Standard in Entertainment Journalism Needs To Stop

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All actors get in serious shape to play superheroes and get naked on-screen. But when you turn to a male actor and ask about the movie then turn to the woman next to him and ask her about how much kale she eats, what she’s wearing, or her mom problems, what the fuck is your job, anyway?

Stranded on the Sonic Highway: Dave Grohl, The Foo Fighters and the Most Important Music Lesson You’ll Ever Learn

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During a recent interview for Sonic Highways, the Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl explained how it was always all about the music for him. I wish I’d understood this before I gave up what mattered most to me.

Maine Governor Wisely Gets In Ebola Showdown With Heroic Nurse Kaci Hickox

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Kaci Hickox was already a hero when she was ensnared in Chris Christie’s Quarantine Tent And Showerless Wonder Emporium, but now, she’s graduated from fighting Ebola to fighting for freedom.