Politics

Louisiana Bill Looks To Make The Bible The Official State Book

By April 16, 2014
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The Advocate reports that Louisiana, the state where just 79% of students graduate from high school and the one which the National Center for Education Studies ranked as the second-worst in the country for public education, has decided to be proactive in changing its image as an illiterate, backwards place and recently voted for the state to have an official state book.

There Is a Military Solution to Ukraine Crisis: P90X

By April 16, 2014
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On Tuesday, White house Press Secretary Jay Carney reiterated President Obama’s contention that there is no military solution to the Ukraine crisis, but did, on several occasions, leave the door open to providing Ukraine’s military with nonlethal aid.

Electronic Frontier Foundation Praises the Tea Party, FreedomWorks and Birther Larry Klayman

By April 16, 2014
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Yesterday, tax day, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) posted an article titled “Tea Party, Taxes and Why the Original Patriots Would’ve Revolted Against the Surveillance State,” and it wouldn’t surprise me if the authors were wearing tri-corner hats with hand-written “Rand Paul 4 Prez” placards stacked up on their desks while they hammered out the post.

THE MORNING BANTER: Controversial Muslim Surveillance, US Airways Reasonability, Apocalyptic Pastors, and Aaron Sorkin Supercuts

By April 16, 2014
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Happy Wednesday! Your taxes are all wrong! Here’s what’s happening on the interweb:

Matt Taibbi: Bush Was Tougher on Corporate America Than Obama

By April 15, 2014
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What the hell is Taibbi smoking? In an interview with Democracy Now!, the newly minted First Look Media editor and former Rolling Stone polemicist was asked a preposterous question, and naturally responded with a preposterous answer. The question: “Who was tougher on corporate America, President Obama or President Bush?”

Ron Paul Warns That the Feds May Bring “Waco” To the Bundy Ranch

By April 15, 2014
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As soon as Cliven Bundy squared off against the big, bad Bureau of Land Management — instantly becoming a folk hero to idiots who romanticize the notion of armed insurrection against the federal government, seeing it, ironically, as an act of patriotism — you knew it was only a matter of time before either Fox News or RT consulted the legislative Patient Zero of this whole movement. And so it is that Ron Paul’s recent appearance on Neil Cavuto has begun making the rounds, with Paul issuing dire warnings of another showdown between Bundy and the feds that’s surely on the horizon.

Same Sex Couples Are Getting Royally Screwed When It Comes To Filing Taxes

By April 15, 2014
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“In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” – Benjamin Franklin

THE MORNING BANTER: Ukraine Civil Wars, Attorney General Youthful Experimentation, Michelle Malkin’s History of Hatred, and Robert Downey Jr.

By April 15, 2014
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Happy Tuesday! We’re halfway done with April! Whoa! Here’s what’s happening on the interweb:

Far-Right ‘Shoe Truthers’ Believe Hillary Clinton Staged Shoe-Throwing Incident

By April 15, 2014
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Say hello to the “Shoe Truthers.” They believe the woman who hurled a shoe at Hillary Clinton was a Clinton plant, coached to throw the shoe at the would-be presidential candidate in order to make her seem presidential. And guess what? Not one of the Shoe Truthers is Alex Jones.

A Look Back at Michelle Malkin’s History of Hate and Bigotry

By April 14, 2014
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To catch you up on someone Matt Taiibi once called “a mean little dunce who’s wedged herself into a nicely paying career as a GOP spokesclown” here are some of Michelle Malkin’s greatest hits:

Why Photo Social Security Cards Are a Stupid, Dangerous Idea

By April 14, 2014
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The issue of voting rights is beginning to gain some suction with the mainstream media, a trend that should be encouraged. One idea that should not be encouraged is former President Bill Clinton’s suggestion that Social Security cards should have a photo option, in order to defang voter I.D. laws that address a nonexistent problem, and which have disproportionate impact on minorities.  White House Press Secretary Jay Carney was asked about the concept at Friday’s daily briefing, and his answer demonstrates why Clinton’s idea isn’t just wrong, it is dangerous.

WATCH: Another Tea Party Campaign Ad Featuring Male Genitals

By April 14, 2014
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Along comes J.D. Winteregg, the tea party challenger running in a primary against Speaker John Boehner. In the ad, Winteregg parodies a Cialis commercial and claims that Boehner suffers from “electile dysfunction,” and Winteregg is the cure. Oh, by the way, yes, there’s a boner/Boehner joke in there, too. Get it?

The Bundy Ranch Fiasco: Another Chapter in the Continuing Story of Unhinged, Anti-Government Outrage

By April 14, 2014
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There are so many layers of ridiculousness in the Bundy Ranch story, it’s difficult to know where to begin. Above all else, it ended up being a fantastic opportunity for a pack of ignorant states’ rights cowboys to get intimate with their rebellion and secessionist fetishes, while figuratively pointing a rifle at the president’s head.

Glenn Greenwald Safely Arrives in the U.S.; Bloomberg Publishes Highly Flawed NSA Article

By April 11, 2014
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The Bloomberg article, titled “NSA Said to Exploit Heartbleed Bug for Intelligence for Years,” written by Michael Riley, cites “two people familiar with the matter” as its source. The article doesn’t say whether the sources are NSA or just a couple of nerds he met at a bar.

Fox News’ Ed Henry Reveals He Scrapped Reporting at White House Official’s Behest

By April 11, 2014
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While it’s quite common for press offices to attempt such influence, it’s rare for a journalist to cite such an attempt as a determining editorial factor, and even more surprising for a Fox News reporter to do so.

The Daily Banter Mail Bag! Salon.com Click-Bait, Colbert and Letterman, and a Round of Marry, F**k, Kill

By April 11, 2014
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In this week’s edition of The Daily Banter Mail Bag, Bob, Ben and Chez discuss Salon.com click-bait, Colbert stepping in for Letterman and a round of marry, f**k, kill.

THE MORNING BANTER: Sebelius Resigns, Kaepernick Sex Assault Investigation, Jesus’s Wife, Greenwald’s Back, and the 30 Best Musical TV Moments

By April 11, 2014
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Friday’s finally here and it’s almost time to trample some of your coworkers on your way to the exit. Here’s a small dose of internet goodness to pass the time until you can make your escape.

Watch In Real Time As Americans Prove How Little They Know About Our Country

By April 10, 2014
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Citing things like a National Geographic 2006 Geographic Literacy Survey of Americans which reported that only 50% could identify New York on an unlabeled map, only 67% could find Louisiana, and only 43% could locate Ohio as inspiration, the website Morvolo commissioned a team of researches and journalists to do a study on just how poor American’s sense of their own national geography is…