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Ben Carson’s Affordable Housing Act Is A Direct Attack On America’s Poor

by Kate Harveston Affordable housing has always been a target for the GOP, since the golden days of Ronald Reagan, and his famous “welfare queen” speeches during his 1976 presidential campaign. Something in this image — widowed or unmarried women living luxuriously off welfare fraud — resonated …Continue reading Continue Reading at https://thedailybanter.com

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Why Do Liberals Unfriend People Over Politics? Because Conservatives Are Soulless Monsters

Every now and then, a new article (or a repost of an old one) makes the rounds on social media discussing how liberals are more likely to unfriend people over politics both online and in the real world. Usually the context of the post is to show how “intolerant” the left is but what is […]

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Karma Is A Liberal Bitch: The Uninsured Rate Is Rising For Republicans (But Not Democrats)

If there’s one thing liberals want more than anything else in the world, it’s for conservatives to suffer the consequences of voting Republican and leave the rest of out of their suicide pact. And according to Vox, at least as far as having health insurance, we may be getting what we want: The …Continue reading […]

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MEMBERS ONLY: The Meaning Of Faith

The Banter Long Read: Even at my lowest points, when everything looks bleak and horrible and the light at the end of the tunnel is all but eclipsed by a deranged orange Death Star, I know mankind will get past this. I know this because I have something that conservatives will never have: …Continue reading […]

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Trump And Kanye’s Twitter Love Fest Is All Sorts Of Wrong

There are moments when I genuinely love the Second Amendment for the sole reason that it would allow me to end particularly miserable events in my life quickly and painlessly. This include going to the DMV, waiting in airport security lines, and witnessing a love fest on Twitter between Kanye West …Continue reading Continue Reading […]

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The Not-So-Shocking Thing Facebook and Big Pharma Have in Common

by Kate Harveston When they came to light, the Panama and Paradise papers revealed a globe-spanning oligarchy that has laid siege to most of our governments and the entire world’s industrial apparatus. This situation has been the case for a very long time, but at last, there was something tangible …Continue reading Continue Reading at […]

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The Saddest Chart In The World: American School Children Afraid Of Getting Shot In Class

Axios put together this horrifying chart from data gathered in a Pew Research Center poll about children in America’s fear about getting shot in school:  Axios summarized the findings as follows:  Overall, 57% of teenagers are worried about a shooting at their school.But African-American …Continue reading Continue Reading at https://thedailybanter.com

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MEMBERS ONLY: The Cults Are All Around You

I recently finished watching “Wild Wild Country”, the six part Netflix series about the Indian guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh (later known as “Osho”), his power hungry assistant Ma Anand Sheela, and their community of followers in the Rajneeshpuram in Oregon. It was an astonishing documentary that …Continue reading Continue Reading at https://thedailybanter.com

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Our ‘Leaders’ Are Trying to Bribe Planned Parenthood

by Kate Harveston How many terrorist attacks have taken place on American soil over the last 40 years? The real answer is almost certainly larger and far sadder than you think. According to the National Abortion Federation, community health centers and abortion providers have witnessed the …Continue reading Continue Reading at https://thedailybanter.com

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Sam Harris, Jordan Peterson, And The Identity Politics Conundrum

There is a good argument to be made that the Alt Right movement spearheaded by the likes of Steve Bannon, Richard Spencer, Milo Yiannopolous, and the polemicists at Breitbart was a reaction to the rise of identity politics on the left. Much has been written about this, and the movement built around …Continue reading Continue […]

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MEMBERS ONLY: No, Fascism Doesn’t Deserve A Platform

The Banter Long Read: After Bill Maher leapt to Laura Ingraham’s defense against the dreaded power of the Parkland teens and their oppressive boycott, it kicked off the debate on the left again about freedom of speech versus progressive censorship, particularly on college campuses. I’m …Continue reading Continue Reading at https://thedailybanter.com

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MEMBERS ONLY: Tony Robbins Proves Why The #MeToo Movement Is Still So Important

I have a personal story about Tony Robbins that confirmed many of my worst suspicions about the self help/positive thinking guru. It involves a close friend of mine who may face legal consequences for his run in with Mr. Robbins, and for that reason this article has to go behind our paywall. I will …Continue […]

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The Apocryphal Faith of Donald Trump

In all fairness I can’t call this a book review. I believe for a book review you need to read the entire book. In the case of The Faith of Donald J. Trump: A Spiritual Biography (HarperCollins, 2018), that was not going to happen. When discovering what nails on a blackboard feels like, you don’t […]

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So, Where’s Trump At With The Opioid Epidemic? Long Story Short, Not Far.

One year is apparently how long it takes for the Trump Administration to begin working on issues of national crisis. Wait, has any work actually been done? We have a plan, you probably know that much, but it doesn’t appear that any real action is being taken. After announcing that Kellyanne Conway …Continue reading Continue […]

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An Appeal From A Different Kind Of Evangelical

Editor’s note: Zack reached out to me in response to a piece I published on Jerry Falwell Jr. and what I perceived to be the commercial rot of American Evangelical Christianity. He thanked me for my words and for, as he put it, “exposing our hypocrisy”. I was struck by his honesty and asked …Continue reading […]

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MEMBERS ONLY: Stay-At-Home Dads Have Male Privilege? Where Can I Get Some Of That?

Before we get started, let’s clear one thing up: Of course I have male privilege. I’m a male. Duh. Taken on the whole, I can almost guarantee I got paid more, was promoted quicker, and had an easier time in my professional life than my female coworkers. As a particularly tall and large male, I’ve […]

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Chicago Police Arrest A _____ Man With A Loaded Gun And Body Armor Without Killing Him

A 21-year-old walked into a crowded train station in Chicago wearing a bullet proof vest and carrying a loaded gun. Union Station is the third-busiest train station in the United States and is what is known as a “target rich environment”. Had he opened fire, he would have been hard pressed to …Continue reading Continue […]

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After The Stormy Daniels Interview, “Family Values” Conservatives Blame Everyone…Except Trump

Cognitive Dissonance – the state of having inconsistent thoughts, beliefs, or attitudes, especially as relating to behavioral decisions and attitude change.  For the last two plus years, white Republican voters have been in a constant state of cognitive dissonance concerning Donald Trump. …Continue reading Continue Reading at https://thedailybanter.com

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