Antonin Scalia Suggests a ‘Revolt’ Against the Government in Response to Tax Hikes

During a speaking engagement last week at the University of Tennessee College of Law, Scalia discussed how it’s constitutionally permissible for Congress to impose taxes on citizens. Fair enough. However, Scalia added, “if it reaches a certain point, perhaps you should revolt.”

  • Scalia isn't known for soft-pedaling his language or mincing words, so it's reasonable to assume Scalia was suggesting a literal revolt against the government.
  • Was he drunk?

THE MORNING BANTER: Attack on al Qaeda, Cutting Up “American Psycho,” Everybody Hates Chez, and Nietzsche Writes for Upworthy

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Welcome back to Monday. Here are a few internet goodies to soften the blow of having to climb back into the hamster wheel.

Media Research Center Would Really Like To Talk Smack About Chelsea Clinton


The right wing Media Research Center would really like to talk smack about Chelsea Clinton, who recently announced that she is pregnant. Here is Tim Graham, the center’s Director of Media Analysis (also race-baiter and ghost writer for founder Brent Bozell) lamenting a Washington Post opinion blog noting that his side of the aisle has been… Read More

Shock! Fox News’ Megyn Kelly Tells Big Fat Lie About Obama Signing Statement

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On Friday, President Obama signed a law that would block Hamid Aboutalebi from entering the U.S, as Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations. Shockingly, Fox News journalist Megyn Kelly told a huge lie of omission (several, really) when she reported on the President’s signing statement, and chewed it over with right-wing fanatic and New Black Panther Party case “whistleblower” J. Christian Adams of PJMedia.

Life and Other Four Letter Words: K I D S


My parents were also 24-years-old when they had me which today is like 11-year-old having a kid. And therefore not addled with vain sentience. They just had drunk sex, got knocked up and thankfully for me they took the hard way out.

Bundy-ful GOP Lawmaker Says Feds Can’t Show Up Armed and ‘Expect the American People Not to Fire Back’

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The Bundy Ranch fiasco is the gift that keeps on giving wingnuts a chance to come out of the woodwork. On Friday night’s All In with Chris Hayes, host Chris Hayes did a live remote with Nevada Assemblywoman Michele Fiore, who says she’s been camped out with the Bundy mob for six days now. Amid the usual cable news talkovers, Fiore posited a rather stunning maxim: that armed federal officers can’t expect citizens not to “fire back.”

Jay Carney Strikes Back at Carney Derangement Syndrome


White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, not surprisingly, has few fans among the conservative media, but for most of his tenure, has managed to avoid the sort of unhinged reactions that his predecessor, Robert Gibbs, provoked. This week, though, a charming little style-section profile in Washingtonian Mom set the conservative blogs frothing over everything from Carney’s apparently overflowing pantry, to his magical book collection, to his home podium setup, but most of all, his… anti-Nazi decorations? Why do conservatives love Nazis?

Boston Marathon Bomb Hoaxer’s Brother Speaks Out: “If You Want To Better Know Another Madman, You Have Certainly Begun Your Trials.”


With his parents’ blessing, TJ Edson agreed to answer some questions for us. Here are the very candid things he had to say about his brother, mental illness and the incident at the Boston Marathon:

Hank Aaron and Atlanta Braves Getting Racist Hate Mail

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Hammerin’ Hank Aaron, Atlanta Braves Senior Vice President and true Major League Baseball home run king, got to celebrate Jackie Robinson Day by opening up racist hate mail prompted, ironically, by his remembrances of the blistering racism he endured as he chased down Babe Ruth’s all-time home run record.

Bill O’Reilly has a Surreal Conversation about Easter and Atheism


Some conservatives are currently having a freakout over an atheist group’s sign at the Wisconsin state capitol. In response to an Easter display by the Concerned Women For America that features a cross and anti-abortion material, the Freedom From Religion Foundation now have their own…

The Daily Banter Mail Bag! The Bundy Ranch Moochers, Banter Topicality and Our Biggest Fears


In this week’s edition of The Daily Banter Mail Bag, Bob, Ben and Chez discuss the Bundy Ranch militia, the Banter’s most discussed topics and our biggest fears.

THE MORNING BANTER: Credit Card Breach, Final Solitude, Female Penises, and a Boy Band Smackdown

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It’s Friday and that means your weekend is finally staring you right in the face. Here are a couple of headlines and internet goodies to pass the time until you can make your escape:

8 Million Enrollments, and President Obama Still Can’t Make Dems Campaign on Health Care

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President Obama held a surprise presser in the White House briefing room on Thursday, and in his opening remarks, announced the stunning news that Obamacare enrollments have surpassed 8 million, blowing away the 7 million target that they were never supposed to reach, and that 35 percent of those enrollments were of “young invincibles,” well above skeptics’ expectations. Why can’t the President expect Democrats to run on this monumental achievement?

Quote of the Day: Harry Reid Calls the Armed Men at the Bundy Ranch Exactly What They Are

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Get ready for the right to shriek that Reid’s the problem here.

Snowden Appears on RT, Asks Putin a Softball Question About Russian Surveillance


On a televised question-and-answer session with Vladimir Putin on the Russian state-controlled RT network, Edward Snowden made an appearance via video and asked Putin about whether Russia engages in mass surveillance. That’s a generous explanation of what happened.

Matt Bai: Another White Guy Who Thinks Calling Republicans Out on Race is Bad Idea

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After several weeks of stepping on racial rakes, New York Magazine’s Jonathan Chait finally hit the “eject” button on his crusade to get liberals to stop terrifying racists by calling them that, but just in time for Spring, former New York Times Magazine and current Yahoo! News columnist Matt Bai comes parachuting into the fray to tell Democrats not to call out Republicans on race.

Lawsuit Accuses “X-Men” Director Bryan Singer of Drugging and Raping Teenage Boy (Updated)

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As with all cases involving sexual abuse, particularly the sexual abuse of a minor, those of us commenting on it will have to choose our words carefully until the truth comes out. If it ever does.

Matt Taibbi Was Right to Blast Obama For Capitulating to Wall Street


There is a worrying trend amongst Obama supporters – the complete inability to fault the President for anything, even when it’s obvious he screwed up. Case in point- Obama’s complete failure to regulate Wall St.

President Obama: U.S. Military ‘Significantly Superior’ to Russia’s

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During his trip to Oakdale, Pennsylvania on Wednesday, President Obama sat down for an interview with CBS News Chief White House Correspondent Major Garrett. While the President used the interview to reinforce the clinical talk of “consequences” for Russia if the situation in Ukraine escalates, a little bit of smack-talk jumped out.