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:

  • "It is setting in for me that all that is being debated on with his actions will not matter in a ridiculously short time. The next distraction and trench warfare debate that pops up will have you forget this in no time. Just you haters watch. See how long your focus can be maintained on anything at all."
  • "Kevin first experienced a manic episode at 19. He was experimenting with some psychedelics and was soon a manic mess."

Jay Carney Strikes Back at Carney Derangement Syndrome

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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?

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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

We Watched Fox News’ Greg Gutfeld Rant About Taxes So You Don’t Have To

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The far-right has launched into its April version of the War On Christmas routine, wheeling out the myopic, zombie gripe about how horrifying it is that roughly half of all Americans don’t pay federal income taxes. So of course Gutfeld jumped in forehead-first and went off on a rant about this obvious injustice during Tuesday’s edition of The Five.

Seth Rogen Smacks Down Nancy Grace, Speaks for the Entire Nation

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Nancy Grace went off on one of her usual unhinged rants on Twitter, but Seth Rogen wasn’t having any of it.

The Almighty Liberal Media, The Most Powerful Force Known To Man

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If you listen to conservatives, you’d be at a loss to describe what exactly the liberal media can’t do. According to them: The liberal media has controlled the outcome of every election, except for 2004, 2000, 1988, 1984, and 1980 when it apparently went on vacation. The liberal media has chosen every losing Republican presidential… Read More

Cenk Uygur Just Took $4-Million from a Conservative Source (but He’s Still a Better Liberal Than You)

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A group headed by former Republican presidential candidate Buddy Roemer just inked a deal to provide $4-million in seed money to The Young Turks. Roemer is anti-choice, anti-gay marriage, anti-Obamacare and pro-torture, but hey, at least he wants to get money out of politics, which is enough for Cenk to think he’s a-okay.

Pulitzer Co-Winner Glenn Greenwald Tweets Link to Hate-Site and Faked Graphic

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Greenwald tweeted a link to an extremist right-wing hate-site that’s almost entirely dedicated to trolling and smearing Charles Johnson from Little Green Footballs. The post itself, titled “It’s Only Shari’ah: Will Johnson Apologise to Geller & Spencer? Nah.,” is directly aimed at Johnson while also supporting Islamophobic wackaloon Pamela Gellar. But that’s not the worst part…

If Only the Bundy Ranch Mob Had Been Black and Playing in a Treehouse

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Over the weekend, a quick glance at Twitter might have led you to believe that the feds were trying to jack up the Brady Bunch, or that conservatives were fighting hard to defend the Bunny Ranch, but now that everyone has caught up to the story of the Bundy Ranch, the dueling narratives have become “something, something, LIBERTY” and “conservatives defend freeloader.” The buried lede here is that the peaceful end of this standoff would have been very different had the cops been responding to a mob that was smaller, less white, and unarmed.