Posted on Oct 15, 2018

MEMBERS ONLY: The American Narcissistic Celebrity Complex

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Over the past few days, two deeply damaged celebrities have injected themselves into the public discourse (again), pledging their support for another deeply damaged celebrity, who happens to be president of the United States. Kanye West appeared in a truly bizarre meeting with Donald Trump at the White House last week, where he expounded upon alternate universes he exists in, Trump masculine energy, and the super powers MAGA hats...

Posted on Oct 12, 2018

MEMBERS ONLY: The War On Your Mind (And What You Can Do About It)

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Over the past few weeks, I’ve been feeling completely overwhelmed with the sheer amount of information coming at me from every angle imaginable. Granted, I have just moved house (with a young child this is twice as stressful), but the non-stop scandals coming out of the White House and the devastating climate change report delivered by the UN climate science panel has been wearing on me in more ways...

Posted on Oct 12, 2018

MEMBERS ONLY: It’s Different This Time

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I can’t say for certain what it’s like in other countries, particularly those with parliamentary governments and multiple major parties, but I suspect that people are forever calling for “crushing” this party or “defeating” that party as a matter of course. It’s natural to want your party, or at least the parties closest to your ideology, to be one top and that means beating the opposition. That’s certainly how...

Posted on Oct 10, 2018

MEMBERS ONLY: Trump Doesn’t Want To Be Your President

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Ever since the 2016 election, I haven’t really engaged in the “not my president” meme. Don’t get me wrong. It should be obvious to anyone who knows my work that I have a gut-level hatred of Donald Trump. Indeed, it’s the first time I’ve ever hated a president. Even if we strip out his ludicrous policies and agenda, he’s still just a vile, unrepentantly cruel and ignorant loudmouth. He’s Tony Clifton...

Posted on Oct 09, 2018

MEMBERS ONLY: Interview With Scott Carter, Producer Of Real Time With Bill Maher, Part Two

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Below is the full text of our interview with Scott Carter, exclusive to to Banter Members: Jeremy Fassler: Whose idea was it to bring Steve Bannon on to the show? Bannon had appeared on Real Time when he produced a documentary on Sarah Palin called The Undefeated, before many people knew about him. Any time somebody has been on, we generally keep in touch with them. This is the 16year of the...

Posted on Oct 08, 2018

MEMBERS ONLY: Liberals Do Not Understand The Deadly Game Republicans Are Playing

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The disgraceful nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court reinforced a notion I have come to understand about America for some time now. Beneath the exterior presented to Americans via the news, America is not a country with two political parties. It is not a country governed by democratic norms either. Without an all out war to preserve the ideals laid out by the Founding Fathers, America as...

Posted on Oct 04, 2018

MEMBERS ONLY: The Last Defense Of Kavanaugh Is More Gaslighting Of America

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The gaslighting of America by Donald Trump and his moronic fanboys continues to worsen. I didn’t think it was possible for it to get suckier with time, but here we are. To briefly recap: gaslighting is a psychological trick, exploited by villains, that makes us feel like we’re losing our blessed minds. Usually, Trump or Trump-adjacent assholes borrow one of our criticisms about the president, and then they project...

Posted on Oct 01, 2018

MEMBERS ONLY: Bill Maher Is Not The Enemy, Part Two

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During “Real Time With Bill Maher” last Friday night, Maher made several references to Lindsey Graham’s sexuality that had many accusing the comedian of homophobia. The first joke was about Graham escaping from the women who confronted Sen. Jeff Flake in an elevator in the US Senate because, according to Maher, he was “familiar with the back door.” Later during the show, Maher referenced Graham’s sexuality again while discussing...

Posted on Sep 28, 2018

MEMBERS ONLY: Andrew Sullivan Goes “Both Sides” On Brett Kavanaugh And Christine Ford

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As a gay, Catholic conservative who voted for George W. Bush, loved Barack Obama, and supported Hillary Clinton in 2016, Andrew Sullivan usually does nuance pretty well. His transformation from arch conservative to non-ideological liberal (or small-c conservative, depending on your definition) has been fascinating to watch, and his analysis of US politics really is second to none.  After his move away from hard right conservatism, Sullivan became disdainful...