Top Articles by Ben Cohen
What happens when you invade the wrong country for the wrong reasons, fail to stop a civil war by refusing to rebuild it properly, then start bombing neighboring countries? If your answer is: “A complete and utter nightmare,” you’d be right.
What do we make of political leaders in already deeply unequal countries explicitly giving out advice to the wealthy on how to game the tax system?
In what is quickly becoming the worst month for media ever, the New York Time’s David Carr has passed away at the age of 58. If you needed reminding just how bad February of 2015 has been (and we’re only 13 days into the month as of time of publishing), here’s what has gone down so far:
Over the past week, the world of Mixed Martial Arts has been rocked to its core by the revelation that Anderson Silva, widely recognized as the greatest Martial Artist in history, had tested positive for Drostanolone and Adrostane metabolites before his fight with Nick Diaz.
Assuming Silva’s test result is correct, why would an athlete of his stature take such a stupid risk?
“I had a funny experience after going on the Thom Hartmann’s show ‘The Big Picture’ last night, and one that made me cautiously optimistic for the future of America.”
When the rich begin to worry that poor people are too poor and that they might be too rich, it is probably a fairly good indicator that society is on the brink of big change.
At the risk of serious overkill following Mike Huckabee’s trail of idiocy these past few weeks, this latest story of stupidity really does warrant attention because it reveals a stark preview of what we should expect over the coming months as he gears up for 2016.
McDonald’s workers are the arbiters of the lovin’ for food deals, and if the commercial is anything to go by, they are positively giddy about spreading it.
Except they probably aren’t given the average worker at McDonald’s doesn’t earn enough money to actually live on.
Of all the bullshitters in the industry, the most dangerous are the most seemingly genuine, and Tony Robbins is probably the best in the business. Much of what Robbins says is probably quite helpful, and it would be dishonest to dismiss him as a complete fraud. Many people swear by his methods and based on testimonials, it appears he has helped a lot of people. Robbins is engaged in a lot of charity and does (sometimes) come across as a genuinely compassionate person. But there is a sinister side to his personal empowerment empire, and it is built upon the same fraudulent premise as the US economy itself.
The blogosphere was in a state of shock last night as pioneer blogger Andrew Sullivan, almost completely out of the blue declared that he would be retiring from blogging.
The Daily Banter’s ‘[INSERT NAME] Shoots [INSERT NAME(S)] Because Guns Are Awesome’ series covers the unfathomable tragedy wrought upon on every day Americans because of their love of guns. Not exactly heartwarming stuff. So why do we do this? This simple answer is that we feel Americans need to be confronted about the unnecessary death caused by… Read More
For Mitt Romney, wealth inequality is about as important to him as Latino voting rights in SanFrancisco. But given it is election season, Romney apparently now cares about the poor he wrote off in 2012, and wants to stop wealth inequality. Of course!
The Daily Banter can exclusively reveal that the liberal website Salon.com is actually a fraudulent entity run by an extremist right wing hate group in Iowa with links to the Koch brothers and Rupert Murdoch. After an extensive investigation and an in-depth look into their inner workings, financial history, and roster of reporters, it has… Read More
Still a hot topic in the news, conservative commentators have been coming out in droves to a) demand a war on all Muslims, b) blame Obama, c) argue for more guns everywhere.
On Monday, Fox DC investigative reporter Emily Miller swung by the studio to claim that the terrorist attack in Paris was not prevented because instead of packing heat, French people carry iPhones. Yes, seriously.
Life in the new American economy is about work, work and more work. Add mountains of debt and spiraling costs, it is no wonder people are suffering from severe stress related diseases. Off to Spain, anyone?
MEMBERS ONLY: No Conservatives, The Charlie Hebdo Attack Had Nothing To Do With Strict French Gun Laws
Last week, I wrote about the tragic case of 29 year old Veronica Rutledge who was shot dead by her toddler in a Walmart in Iowa. I blamed the mother’s stupidity for keeping a loaded weapon around a two year old and argued that had America had sensible gun laws (ie it would be illegal to take a deadly weapon to a supermarket), the tragedy would not have happened. A couple of days later, an apparently well read pro gun women’s site responded by accusing me of exploiting the tragedy for political purpose (more specifically they called me a “lowlife ‘journalist’ who likes to appeal to the lowest common denominator”, and someone who has a “small brain” and a “big mouth”)
Although the death of Veronica Rutledge was certainly a tragedy, it also quite obviously happened because unlike every other civilized country on the planet, some America states allow citizens to carry guns around small children in public spaces. It’s a recipe for disaster, and it was hardly opportunistic of me to point it out. The same cannot be said of conservative commentators on Fox News though, who leapt at the chance to exploit the Charlie Hebdo tragedy to further their political motives. As is always the case in alternate reality Fox News land, a situation where people are killed with guns automatically means more guns must be the solution. Read more…