Banter M Issue 35: If You Want Blood, The End of Beef, and How to Lose Your Roommates and Move to Bushwick In 5 Days 

By February 04, 2016

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In this week’s edition of Banter M:

If You Want Blood – Chez Pazienza remembers an interview he did with the lawyer of Fred Goldman’s family hours after the civil trial verdict in 1997, and discusses the phenomenal cultural impact of the OJ Simpson case — that has now been turned into a serial tv drama on FX.

The End of Beef – Ben Cohen reports on the impact the beef industry has on our environment. It does not make pleasant reading.

How to Lose Your Roommates and Move to Bushwick In 5 Days – Jamie Frevele writes a heartbreaking, funny, yet ultimately uplifting guide on how to leave horrible room mates and confront the fact that you might be an alcoholic.

Why Were These Bernie Sanders Supporters Suspended From Tinder?


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Now that’s commitment.

Is it OK to Advocate Violence Against Martin Shkreli?

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Of course I am not advocating violence against Martin Shkreli. Really, I’m not. I honestly, honestly do not want to drive from DC to New York, knock on the door of whatever luxurious loft apartment in Manhattan he lives in, then smack the living snot out of him with a large, rotten fish.

Why Iowa Will Eventually Deliver The Presidency to Hillary Clinton

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Iowa has historically been Hillary Clinton’s Waterloo. With her recent victory there over Bernie Sanders, the state may become her lucky charm. Here’s why.

Here’s Why Hillary Clinton Should Reject ‘Progressive’ Label


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It ain’t all it’s cracked up to be.

When Are You Allowed to Say ‘Super Bowl’ on TV?

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With the embers still cooling from Monday night’s hotly-contested Iowa caucuses, it’s easy to forget that there’s a Big Game next week, and that Big Game is called The Super Bowl. Unless you already knew it, the name of the big game gets harder and harder to learn every year. Weirdly, some folks on TV have no… Read More

F*ck You, Phil Anselmo, You Contemptible Bigot

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Now more than maybe ever before, racism of the kind Phil Anselmo has always casually exhibited can be seen for the gruesome and unacceptable anachronism it is. It was never right, but now people know not to put up with it and they’re willing to make that clear to those who still cling to it. Anselmo isn’t the victim of PC culture here. He didn’t make some crass joke or toss a “microagression” at a hypersensitive college kid. He shouted “white power” and gave a Nazi salute.

Humble Donald Trump Disappears, Claims Ted Cruz “Stole” Iowa

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Well, that didn’t take long. After going silent on twitter for almost a full day after handily losing Iowa to fellow nut job Ted Cruz, Donald Trump came roaring back to life to accuse his opponent of stealing the election.

The Numbers Show Bernie Sanders Won’t Win, So What Will His Faithful Do Then?

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This isn’t an opinion. It’s math. The thing about reality is that it’s always there and you’re subject to the constraints of it whether you choose to believe in it or not. Barring a political deus ex machina of statistically inexpressible proportions, Bernie Sanders just isn’t going to be president. But given that this election is bigger than any one person — or any one grudge should that person not win — will Sanders’s rabid fanbase vote for someone they’ve spent months utterly demonizing?

Guess Which Other Former Democrat Came Second in the Iowa Republican Caucuses?

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On the sizzling heels of Senator Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) victory in Monday night’s Iowa caucuses, there has been a rush by the media to topple the candidacy of Iowa runner-up Donald Trump like some gold-plated, questionably-coiffed Saddam Hussein statue. For Trumpians looking for comfort beyond Microsoft conspiracy theories, history has some hope for them.

Iowa Disaster: “Wacko-Bird” Ted Cruz is Far, Far Scarier Than Donald Trump


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Ted Cruz’s victory over Donald Trump last night was a spectacular coup for the senator from Texas. While it doesn’t mean he is a shoo-in for the nomination, the psychological effect it will have on the Republican electorate cannot be underestimated.

Donald Trump Begins a Bitter, Dismissive Twitter Tirade Against the Entire State of Iowa in 3… 2… 1…

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So Donald Trump lost Iowa tonight.

Whoopi Goldberg Issues a Ruling on What to Call Black People


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Thanks for that clarification.

Even Greta Van Susteren isn’t Buying Fox News Bullsh*t Over Hillary Clinton’s Email Scandal


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If it can’t hold water on Fox, it ain’t ever gonna.

Ted Cruz’s Latest Ally Should Scare The Living Daylights Out of You


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Be afraid America, be very afraid.

Trump Organizer Complains About Gender Discrimination, Forgets She Worked For Donald Trump

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While sexism in the work place is to be deplored, if you go to work for Donald Trump, you don’t get to complain about it.

If You’re Liberal and You Think Hillary Clinton Is Corrupt and Untrustworthy, You’re Rewarding 25 Years of GOP Smears

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Obviously, Clinton carries with her more than 25 years in the white-hot public spotlight that Sanders doesn’t — despite his career in the Senate — and over that length of time people have been able to form opinions of her and they’re ones not likely to change at this point. What you know about Hillary is what you know about Hillary. There aren’t a lot of surprises. Maybe you figure this is bad for her, but in truth it can be argued that this is a positive rather than a negative because there’s nothing the Republicans can throw at her that we haven’t already been fed to death. And when you take a step back and look at Clinton objectively — which is admittedly difficult for many, even, or maybe particularly, on the left — that’s exactly the point. Hillary Clinton’s reputation is largely the result of a quarter century of visceral GOP hatred.

Thom Hartmann Quietly Drops the Mic on Fans of Planned Parenthood Video Scammers


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Sometimes, it’s the little things in life.

Media Leaving Out Key Fact: Hillary Clinton ‘Top Secret’ Emails Weren’t Top Secret

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The media malpractice surrounding former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails continues apace, and is actually getting worse. The custom among “objective” media has been to bury the most important facts about the emails, the ones which determine whether Hillary Clinton committed a crime, somewhere in the last quarter of a story. Republicans and conservative media types then just leave it out entirely.


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