Evan McMurry

Stalin! Hitler! Man Marries Bacon! The Religious Right’s Most Unhinged Reactions to Gay Marriage

Last week’s Supreme Court decision establishing marriage equality as a constitutionally protected right elicited a meltdown on the right, with lawmakers like Ted Cruz calling it “some of the darkest 24 hours in our nation’s history.”

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The Best Comedy Takedowns of Blowhard Conservatives

Many Republicans brutally criticized President Barack Obama in 2014 after he appeared on Zack Galifianakis’ "Between Two Ferns" to pitch Obamacare to young people. Fox Business’ Neil Cavuto, however, saw the move as brilliant and encouraged his partymates to expand their comfort zone into the world of comedy. “Maybe Republicans dismissing these type of venues is very dangerous,” he said. “I say, Republicans, ignore these venues at your own peril. Laugh all you want about Michelle Obama hawking fitness with Jimmy Fallon. Or her husband yucking it up with that guy before Fallon. A lot of people who don't watch news shows watch these shows. So why are you dismissing these shows?”

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The Most Obnoxious Things Rich People Have Done Recently

After the dust cleared from the economic implosion of 2007-2008, being rich became briefly unpopular. Investment firm CEOs, Wall Street bankers and craven house flippers had crashed the economy, and as details of their Gatsby-esqe lifestyle surfaced—Lehman Brothers CEO Dick Fuld, for instance, took a helicopter to work before his century-old firm collapsed—their conspicuous consumption turned insult to injury.

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Guess What? From Pot to Government Spending, Americans Are Far More Liberal Than Politicians Assume

Is American becoming more liberal? A growing set of data says the populace is shifting to the left, both in general and on a score of major issues, a seismic change from the days when social conservatism, anti-immigration anxieties, reactionary crime policies and more kept the populace—and their elected leaders—in a right wing crouch.

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How Atheists (and Satanists) are Flipping Right-Wing Christian Bigotry on Its Head

After decades in the doghouse, non-believers may finally be enjoying a resurgence. A new PEW poll found the number of Americans identifying as atheists has more than doubled in the past few years, while those describing themselves as religiously unaffiliated are expected to grow to a quarter of the U.S. population by 2050. All this is matched by a decline in Americans, especially young ones, identifying as Christians.

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6 Awesome Things About Bernie Sanders You Might Not Know

Three weeks ago, a slightly disheveled U.S. senator wandered out to the front lawn of the Capitol Building and declared his campaign for president. Bernie Sanders, an avowed democratic socialist from the small state of Vermont, was in. 

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Our Democracy Is Doomed: Match the Plutocrat to the GOP Candidate He Owns

“Whether it's the Koch brothers or Soros on the left or Sheldon," former GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich recently said, “if you're going to have an election process that radically favors billionaires and is discriminating against the middle class—which we now have—then billionaires are going to get a lot of attention.”

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5 Craziest Moments of the GOP's Clown Car Primary Race, So Far

It may feel as though it’s been going on forever, but the race for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination is only about a month old. Barely a month ago, Ted Cruz became the first major candidate to announce, officially inaugurating politics most sustained crazy season.

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4 Things You Should Know About the Plutocrats Buying Our Democracy

Last week, the chair of the Federal Election Commission Ann Ravel made a startling admission: there was virtually no chance of the FEC enforcing anti-corruption campaign finance rules in the 2016 presidential election.

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5 Most Ludicrous GOP Primary Gaffes So Far

It may feel as though it’s been going on forever, but the race for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination is only about a month old. Barely a month ago, Ted Cruz became the first major candidate to announce, officially inaugurating politics' most sustained crazy season.

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4 Ways Lawmakers Still Grovel to the Christian Right, Even As Right-Wing Religion Declines in America

The proportion of conservative Christians is declining in the U.S., yet right-wing lawmakers are flipping out. Legislatures everywhere are passing religious-minded bills likely to be struck down after costly legal battles, merely to prove their allegiance to the Christian right. From Bibles to vouchers to school prayer, here’s how they’re signaling their religious stripes, even as the electorate scurries away.

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"No Child Is Safe from Sinister Cult of Emo!” America's Eternal and Insane Meltdowns Over Music

The following is the latest in a new series of articles on AlterNet called Fear in America that launched this March. Read the introduction to the series.

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Beyoncé as Gateway to Satan? The Long, Strange History of Conservative Christian Panic Over Satanism

Last week, a priest in Ireland blared a severe warning about a dark practice that was surreptitiously leading people to the “Kingdom of darkness” where "Satan and the fallen angels” waited to prey upon them.

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6 Craziest Right-Wing Judges in America

Wacky congressman and eccentric state legislators may get most of the Internet ink for the outlandish things they say and do, but judges hold just as much power over the laws of the land, and some of them can out-crazy their colleagues in the legislative chamber. Whether it’s dabbling in birtherism, dreaming up ultra-cruel punishment methods, or simply making good on years of extreme anti-abortion activism, here are the worst uses of the judicial branch out there.

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How Fox News Creates Its Own Insane Reality

Every once in a while a Fox personality says something so outlandish he shocks himself. Such was the case when Fox Business host Charles Payne got amped up over Michael Moore’s American Sniper criticism and unleashed a bizarre reading of America’s overseas military efforts. “We have saved the planet,” he shouted at the camera, to the visible discomfort of his cohosts, “and if we go away as America’s policeman, it will be hell to pay.”

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'Boobs on the Ground?'10 Dumbest Things Fox News Did Last Year

It was another banner year for Fox News, which spent its past twelve months mocking female soldiers, advising women not to vote, making light of domestic abuse victims, wishing ebola on workers, and, of course, standing up for America’s awesomeness, no matter what a non sequitur it might be. Let’s review.

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The Bloody 'Bad Old Days': How the Specter of 1970s New York Is Used to Quash Dissent

The horrific ambush-style murder of two NYPD officers last Saturday stunned a New York already wearied by the Eric Garner grand jury decision. It also broke the right’s law-and-order contingent out of what had been a very uncomfortable corner. The shooting death of Michael Brown and subsequent failure to indict the police officer responsible had left the public divided. One side believed Brown was shot for the sole crime of appearing menacing to a white authority figure, while the other side was convinced Brown was a thug whose antagonism left an armed defender no choice but to gun him down.

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$800 for a 20-Mile Ride? 7 Most Outrageous Uber Rip-Offs

Depending on your point of view, Uber has either had the worst stretch of luck in recent startup history, or is flying high. The free-market car-hailing app recently boasted a valuation of $40 billion. This even as the service suffers some from continual bad press and finds legal challenges to its very existence mounting worldwide.

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The 8 Biggest Weirdos Who Have Ever Appeared on Fox News

Fox News has a spectrum of personalities ranging from the generally respectable (Shep Smith) to the table-pounding ridiculous (everyone else). But to fill 24 hours a day of fearmongering television, you need a bench. Over the years Roger Ailes & company have called upon an amazing cast of stringers, hitting D-list movie stars, former comedians, has-been journalists, and doomsday hustlers to fill airtime. Here are some of the weirdest.

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Thanks to Right-Wing Lobbying, We're Teaching a Generation of Kids to Doubt Science and History

When high school students at Gilbert Public Schools open their biology textbooks this year, they may find something missing: an entire page on pregnancy options.

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The Right's Fruitless Search for a Democrat as Terrible as Todd 'Legitimate Rape' Akin

It wasn’t long after the release of Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis’ controversial wheelchair ad — in which she used the image of an empty wheelchair to criticize paraplegic opponent Greg Abbott for hypocrisy over his fight against legal settlements — that a certain name began popping up next to hers.

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7 Most Absurd Instances of GOP Fearmongering (ISIS Is Coming!)

The GOP is scared its 2014 “wave” isn’t materializing, so it’s trying to scare voters. How? Pretty much with anything in the news cycle.

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Ayn Rand's Continued Influence Adds a Bizarre Twist to Conservative Politics

On Last Week Tonight, perhaps to balance out his less-than-friendly main segment on Obama’s drone policies, John Oliver asked a question that has bothered people about Ayn Rand since she first emerged in the middle of the twentieth century: why are people into this dreck?

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7 Right-Wing Christians Who Got Their Comeuppance in Hilarious Ways

The arc of justice is long, and sometimes it has a wickedly ironic sense of humor. In the case of these seven religious, right-wing pastors, preachers, lawmakers, and lobbyists, the more sanctimonious they are about everybody else’s marriage and sex habits, the more likely they are to wind up disgraced over their own.

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4 Worst Right-Wing Reactions to Michael Brown's Killing and the Protests

The fatal shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown hardly occurred in a vacuum. It hit television and Twitter just weeks after the death of Eric Garner at the hands of the NYPD, and amidst a public still stung from the protracted battle over the shooting of Trayvon Martin. Brown’s death and the subsequent protests rapidly revived a phalanx of imbecilic, racist, kneejerk reactions, some of which had just been shelved after George Zimmerman’s trial last summer. Conservative media wasted no time in making Brown’s death into grist for their mills.

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7 Silly Things Right-Wingers Got Angry About Last Week

The economy just had its fifth straight month of adding more than 200,000 jobs, while the Affordable Care Act received high marks even from the vast majority of Republicans who purchased it.

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7 Craziest Right-Wing Conspiracy Theories About Internment Camps

Concentration and internment camps appear to have lodged themselves in a particularly dark and stubborn corner of the conservative mind. But in the past few years, thanks in large part to Fox News host-turned-conservative media mogul Glenn Beck, specters of concentration camps have started turning up everywhere a conservative looks, from climate change resolutions to census forms to job postings. Below are the seven craziest concentration camp conspiracy theories, and the people who propagated them.

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5 Doomed, Hilarious Efforts by the Religious Right to Disprove Science

What happens when you’re part of a religious and political movement whose ideology is contradicted by well-established science? You’ve gotta get creative. Here are the five most ridiculous explanations religious conservatives have conjured up to outflank science, from gay armies to magic birds to the existence of the Loch Ness Monster.

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5 Craziest Laws Passed by GOP Legislators, Just This Month

Only in D.C. does the Republican Party drop like an anvil on any improvements to the country that could conceivably pass through our bicameral legislature. In our various state houses, the GOP is busy passing laws rather than squashing them.

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6 Most Absurd Things Right-Wing Christians Have Blamed on Gays

“We have displeased the Lord and the earth is going to answer,” so-called prophet Cindy Jacobs warned in advance of the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act last summer. If this warning sounds familiar, it should: right wingers have a long history of blaming everything from earthquakes to recession to climate change on the advance of gay marriage, and they’re only getting more ridiculous.

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8 of the Most Clueless, Offensive Statements by America's Out-of-Touch Rich People

Five years after Wall Street wrecked the economy, the rich are doing better than ever: the Dow is at record highs, while the 1% control more of the country’s (and the world’s) wealth than ever before.

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