MEMBERS ONLY: The Bigger, Badder Daily Banter Mail Bag: Greenwald’s Latest, Civics in Schools, Our Best Stuff and Worst Comments

By September 19, 2014

In this week’s edition of The Daily Banter Mail Bag, Bob, Ben and Chez discuss Greenwald’s latest on New Zealand, civics in schools, our finest posts and our most horrendous comments.


PODCAST: Bob, Chez and Ben Discuss Banter Members, Scotland, Trolls and Investigating Wall Street

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We chat about the new HBO-style Banter Members section as well as the Obama administration’s investigation of Wall Street banks involved in the financial crisis.

Peyton Manning Is the Stoner Pizza King Of Colorado

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Peyton Manning is rolling in the green from his extensive pizza investments in Colorado, which cater to people rolling another kind of green.

The Christian Right’s Persecution Complex Summed Up In One Stupid Rant

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An Air Force sergeant may omit the words “So help me God” from his enlistment oath. Ergo Christians are the real victims.

White House: No Ground Combat Troops, Only ‘Forward Deployed’ and ‘Combat Ready’ Troops

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For weeks, the White House has been trying to explain to the media that while ground combat troops in Iraq and Syria are not on the table, they actually are on the table, and on Thursday, someone else finally noticed.

Quote of the Day: David Gregory Is the Least Self-Aware Person Alive

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Irony, thy name is David Gregory.

PINTERESTING NEWS: The Daily Banter Is On Pinterest!

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Time to show those Pinterest soccer moms what’s up.

Is Spanking Your Children Sexual Assault?

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It’s a provocative question, but it’s one that needs to be addressed.

MEMBERS ONLY: A Decade Later, Republicans Still Don’t Understand Iraq

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Republicans have something to gain from recasting the gruesome waste of blood and treasure the U.S. poured into Iraq as a success story that President Obama ruined.

An American Was Arrested For Trying To Support ISIS, But That’s Only the Half Of It

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There’s a part of this story that isn’t getting the same sort of attention that Elfgeeh’s attempt to aid fake terrorists,

Republican Odds For Taking Over the Senate Drop 10 Points in Two Weeks

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According to Nate Silver’s latest forecast, the Republicans chances for taking control of the Senate dropped more than ten points from 64 percent to 53.8 percent.

People Saying “I Hate U2″ in Response To Free Album Isn’t as Much Fun as Kids Saying “Who Is U2?”

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Even if you don’t much like Songs of Innocence, there’s at least one good thing that can come out of all this: the chance it gives us to laugh at largely illiterate kids who are just losing their fucking minds because they have no idea who U2 even is and certainly don’t want them anywhere near their iPhones.

Green Lantern Liberalism

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Over the last few years a simplistic brand of Washington groupthink has been termed the “Green Lantern Theory” of presidential power. It is best embodied by simple-minded pundits like National Journal‘s Ron Fournier and the other permanent residents of the Morning Joe roundtable, who think that if Obama just did — something — he could… Read More

MEMBERS ONLY: The Most Interesting Man In The White House Press World

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If you want to get to know the Most Interesting Man in the White House Press World, then we have just the thing for you, my thirsty friends: the fascinating life and times of Les Kinsolving, as told through never-before-seen interview footage.

The Media Should’ve Known Better Than To Just Run with the Story Told by Danièle Watts and Brian Lucas

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Even before holes started being shot clean through Watts and Lucas’s story, much of the press was simply going with it like it was part of an official press release. This happened even though there were always problems with it.

Bobby Jindal Accuses Obama Energy Team of Being ‘Science Deniers’

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Karl Rove couldn’t have come up with a better I-Know-You-Are-But-What-Am-I zinger.

Why the U.S. Absolutely Cannot Put Boots On the Ground To Fight ISIS

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Sending U.S. soldiers into the heart of the Middle East right now would be the best recruitment tool imaginable for jihadists.

ISIS Releases “Flames Of War” Movie Trailer, Turns Our American Weapons Against Us

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This trailer for a nonexistent film called Flames Of War is apparently a coming attraction for “the fighting,” which the trailer promises has “just begun.”

Here’s the Entire “Satanic Children’s Big Book of Activities” To Make Your Day

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Telling you about the Satanic Temple’s latest “screw you” to conservative Christians who violate the separation of church and state isn’t as much fun as showing it to you.