Harmon Leon

What It's Like to Be a Liberal Guest on Right-Wing Radio

This past week I found myself at the headquarters of Fox News in midtown Manhattan. I wasn’t there as part of some post-Occupy Wall Street protest; I’d actually been invited to the studio to be a guest on Fox radio. This wasn’t one of those talking-head screaming matches where Sean Hannity or Bill O’Reilly try to rip the “crazy” liberal guest a new one. Instead, I was invited onto the Fox liberal oasis, the Alan Colmes Show. If you’re not familiar with Colmes, he was the non-Hannity portion of the long-running Fox show Hannity & Colmes. In a brilliant piece of “fair and balanced” casting, the skinny, nerdy-looking Colmes was pitted against squared-jaw Sean Hannity, both to act as his punching bag and to give the liberal perspective on news stories. Because he survived, I guess, they gave him his own radio show.

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6 Insane Ways the Church of Scientology Has Tried to Silence Its Critics

The HBO documentary Going Clear, an investigation inside the Church of Scientology, premieres on March 29. Unsurprisingly, the organization refused to cooperate with the film’s directors. Sheila Nevins, president of HBO Documentary Films told the Hollywood Reporter that the network had 160 lawyers look at the film due to fears of backlash from the church (which some consider a cult). Her concern is well-founded given that Scientology has always used fear tactics to quash critics.

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5 Inspiring Badasses Who Stood Up to the Christian Right's Homophobic Idiocy

As long as the extreme Christian right exists, there are going to be closed-minded, Bible-thumping homophobes who trumpet scriptural passages "proving" that gays are going to spend eternity in hell. Need we remind these religious zealots that it’s the year 2015?

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VIDEO: How the Nation’s Most Prominent Politicians Have Dealt With Hecklers

Every politician is bound to get heckled while delivering a speech at some point during their term—it’s the nature of the First Amendment. Some politicians, like President Obama, are great at heckler comebacks. Others, like John McCain, are just plain horrible at handling unscripted outbursts.  

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Inside the Strange, Paranoid World of the Right-Wing Oath Keepers

My official Oath Keepers membership card is in my outstretched hand. With great power comes great responsibility: my duty is to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America. No compromise. I’m now a member of a controversial conservative group whose members make Ted Nugent look like a bleeding-heart Rachel Maddow. Our mission is to keep the government accountable. Just remember: Not on my watch.

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5 Scary Ultra-Right Catholics Who Are Outraged By the Cool Pope

Pro-Pope fever has swept the imagination of those who love both Christian principles and progressive thinking. The approval rating is soaring sky-high for the man in the funny hat. Francis has graced the covers of The Advocate and Rolling Stone and was voted Time’s Man of the Year. Obama even gave PF a shout out in his State of the Union address this week: “As His Holiness, Pope Francis, has said, diplomacy is the work of ‘small steps.’ These small steps have added up to new hope for the future in Cuba.” Pope Francis has his own fanzine and smartphone app. The man even tweets!

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5 Most Absurd Anti-Pot Propaganda Campaigns

Last year, Colorado launched the $2 million Don’t Be a Lab Rat campaign. Backed by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, this anti-pot campaign was a modern-day Reefer Madness, with human-sized rat cages set up in public places to show the horrors of smoking marijuana. The idea was to relay to teenagers that Colorado was becoming a testing ground for the consequences of marijuana legalization and that they would be the test subjects if they smoked pot.  

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8 White People Who Pointed Guns At Police Officers and Managed Not to Get Killed

When a white guy is seen wandering around in public waving a gun, the police usually try to talk him down; he’s probably just having a bad day. Even if the white guy happens to be pointing his gun directly at an officer, his interaction with the police is unlikely to end in the exchange of gunfire. This is called white privilege.

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Man's Worst Enemy: 6 Negligent Gun Owners Who Were Shot by Their Own Dogs

Guns don’t kill people; dogs with guns kill people—or so it would seem from the recent rash of gun owners who have been accidentally shot by their dogs.

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8 Ways Facebook Is a Cult Just Like Scientology

We all know Scientology is a cult. But Facebook, everyone’s favorite social network, has plenty of cultish qualities too. After all, the amount of control and personal information we relinquish to Facebook goes way beyond any confidential tidbits John Travolta reveals during the church’s regular “auditing” interviews.   

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10 Insane T-Shirts That Gun Nuts Love (and Prove We Need Gun Control ASAP)

Once again, it’s time to both laugh and cry at the expense of humanity as we peruse the online marketplace for patriotic, gun-loving, “humorous” T-shirts. Ready to bang your head against a wall? Check out this stockpile of gun-friendly attire.

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I Went Undercover to Become 'Ex-Gay': Inside the Sordid World of Conversion Therapy

Conservative Christian ministries believe that homosexuality can be cured through therapy in which gay people can be converted to being straight. Muckracking religious groups like the Family Research Council firmly live by this mantra. Back in September these conservative zealots deemed that homosexuality is linked to pediophilia. This is what’s stated on their site.

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7 Sexiest Ways to Conceal Your Handgun

In an age where almost any simpleton can now legally bring a concealed weapon into a bar and restaurant, why not look titillating at the same time? You don’t want an unsightly gun holster bulge when you’re trying to meet the Red State partner of your dreams. Have the confidence that you can turn heads at TGI Fridays—safe in the knowledge that you have enough firepower in your underwear to blow away a post office.

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10 Ridiculous T-Shirts for Gun Nuts That Will Make You Bang Your Head Against a Wall

Gun-themed T-shirts make for some of the best comic material in the world. And online retail sites, such as Patriot Depot, not only sell “funny” gun T-shirts, they also provide an explanation on why the particular T-shirt is “funny”—in case the humor isn't self evident. I recently took a trip through the online retail world, and came away with these 10 contestants for funny-crazy.

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Bodyslamming for Jesus: Inside the Bizarre World of Christian Wrestling

The Christian Wrestling Federation bodyslams for Jesus—literally. On the surface, the CWF looks like a normal WWE wrestling event, with costumed characters jumping from the ropes and wrestlers being hit in the back of the head with chairs. Sometimes there’s blood. Sometimes there’s an elbow to the thorax. Except, these violent wrestling moves are all done for the love of Jesus Christ and to save souls.

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