In this week’s edition of The Daily Banter Mail Bag, Ben, Ben and Chez discuss the fast food workers strike, Nelson Mandela and our last meals.
- 1. Are you planning any coverage of the fast food workers strike? It's an important story, no?
- 2. Some friends and I are having a debate over this. Was Nelson Mandela the most important global figure of our time?
When I first became involved in progressive Democratic politics, it was the worst of times. Bush won election with the help of the Supreme Court, and Democrats were running scared. The Democrats were further shocked into paralysis after 9/11 and were decimated in the 2002 midterm elections. Not coincidentally, this was a great time for… Read More
Nelson Mandela is the latest progressive icon that the right has tried to claim as their own. Recent examples of this phenomenon include John F. Kennedy, Franklin Roosevelt and Martin Luther King. This is a sign of a key contradiction at the heart of conservatism. Famously, William F. Buckley described conservatism as standing athwart history,… Read More
World Net Daily is the black hole at the center of galactic wingnuttia. And its online reader poll on the “life and work” of Nelson Mandela is going just about as you’d expect. Leading the pack with 69 percent of the vote is the response: “He was a violent communist revolutionary who never should have been released from prison.”
If you’ve been overheard and recorded uttering nasty racist slurs against black people, it’s probably best to keep quiet when an iconic person of color passes away. Paris Hilton has called black people ‘dirty niggers‘, told journalists that “she can’t stand black people“, and has a “one percent” rule against dating black men (ie. her boyfriends… Read More
Today, the global community mourned the death of the man who led an unyielding struggle to end the system of apartheid in South Africa and provided hope to the dispossessed around the world. Nelson Mandela, affectionately known as ‘Madiba’, died Thursday aged 95, was a unifying force for not only black South Africans, but human beings.
While tributes pour in from leaders and celebrities around the world, here is ‘Madiba’ in his own, inspiring words.
With the news that they are staging a comeback, the legendary comedians are back in the spotlight – and about time too. How good were the Pythons? Put it this way, their show in the O2 Arena in London sold out in 43.5 seconds. Here at the Banter HQ, we’ve been discussing which sketches were the funniest – a hard task given the hours of hilarity they bestowed upon us. Here’s our unofficial guide tot the best Monty Python sketches of all time.