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Bill Berkowitz is a longtime observer of the conservative movement.
Guess Who's Boycotting '50 Shades of Grey' Ahead of the Film's Release?
Posted on: Feb 10, 2015, Source: The Smirking Chimp
You can bet that American Family Association will not be in the front row when the movie premieres.
Billy Graham's Son Is One of America's Most Dangerous Islamophobes
Posted on: Jan 28, 2015, Source: Buzzflash at TruthOut
Duke University reversed its decision to allow a Muslim call to prayer after Franklin Graham's intervention.
Are You Living in a "Bible-Minded City?"
Posted on: Jan 25, 2015, Source: talk2action.org
A scary report shows the purported Christian religiosity of American cities.
Indiana Cop Creates “Breathe Easy, Don’t Break the Law” T-Shirts
Posted on: Jan 6, 2015, Source: The Smirking Chimp
Jason Barthel's has a new T-shirt venture to support cops -- and apparently to make money.
Kansas Governor's Plan to Balance Runaway Budget: Sell Sex Toys
Posted on: Oct 8, 2014, Source: AlterNet
The state is selling adult novelty items because a group of erotic stores failed to pay state sales and income taxes.
Meet Brave Abortion Provider Dr. Willie Parker
Posted on: Sep 25, 2014, Source: AlterNet
He and other doctors offer women the health care services they need -- and are doing so at their own peril.
Meet the Frackers: Right-Wing Billionaire Brothers’ Biblical Ambitions
Posted on: Sep 12, 2014, Source: Truthout
Rich off their fracking business, Farris and Dan Wilks are funding conservative causes.
How the FBI Is Creating Terrorists
Posted on: Jul 30, 2014, Source: AlterNet
A new report reveals that the bureau "may have created terrorists out of law-abiding individuals" through sting operations.
Why U.S. White Supremacists Are Ecstatic Over European Election Results
Posted on: Jun 10, 2014, Source: AlterNet
Dreams of replicating what happened in the EU in the US.
Forced to Sign a Loyalty Oath to Catholic Doctrine, Teachers at Catholic Schools Are Rebelling
Posted on: May 13, 2014, Source: AlterNet
What would Pope Francis do?
Forbes Journalist Fired After Reporting the Truth About Cliven Bundy
Posted on: May 8, 2014, Source: AlterNet
Vickery Eckhoff wrote on her blog that writing the Bundy exposé and her later unceremonious sacking were no coincidence.
Meet the Right-Wing Tycoon of Missouri, One of Conservatives' Biggest Money Men
Posted on: May 6, 2014, Source: AlterNet
Rex Sinquefield's Show-Me Institute is one of the top conservative funders in the country.
Why the Christian Right Is Freaking Out Over a Honey Maid Graham Crackers' Ad
Posted on: Apr 15, 2014, Source: AlterNet
Family-positive marketing from Chips Ahoy, Oreos and Honey Maid has conservatives going crackers.
How Probation Privateers Prey on the Poor
Posted on: Apr 5, 2014, Source: The Smirking Chimp
Privately owned probation companies are routinely jailing probationers for not being able to pay fees.
'Snake Salvation' Reality Television Star Handles Last Poison Snake
Posted on: Feb 18, 2014, Source: AlterNet
Pentecostal preacher Jamie Coots is bitten by a snake and dies after refusing medical treatment.
Confessions of a Drone Operator: The Men Who Deal Out Death from a Computer
Posted on: Dec 11, 2013, Source: AlterNet
There is no way around it, and there's no escaping it; drones are here to stay.
Exposed: American Doctors and Psychologists Engaged in Frightening Torture Programs Since 9/11
Posted on: Nov 18, 2013, Source: AlterNet
Turning the idea of health professional upside down.
Are Evangelicals Who Commit Adultery Restored to the Pulpit Because They are Religious Money Machines?
Posted on: Aug 29, 2013, Source: AlterNet
Sam Hinn is just one in a long line of preachers and pastors in need of rehabilitation and who desired restoration after sexual and financial shenanigans.
New Reality Show "Preachers of LA" Has Evangelical Christian Leaders Grinding Their Teeth
Posted on: Aug 13, 2013, Source: Buzzflash at TruthOut
You can't avoid the impression that these men are preaching and pastoring for the money.
Wisconsin GOP Gov. Gives Thumbs-Up to Private Security Commandos Hired By Greedy Mining Co.
Posted on: Jul 24, 2013, Source: AlterNet
The company has come up with a strategy to thwart future protests: label the protesters "eco-terrorists."
Liberty University: Training Champions for Christ and Drone Pilots for the Military
Posted on: Jun 26, 2013, Source: Buzzflash at TruthOut
Founded by right-wing theocrat Fallwell, Liberty U is among the foremost training grounds of drone pilots."
Cruel Country: Debtors Prisons Are Punishing the Poor Across America
Posted on: May 1, 2013, Source: AlterNet
A 19th century tool for instilling fear in the public to pay off debt
The Christian Right Is Panicking Because They Know They Are Losing
Posted on: Apr 2, 2013, Source: Smirking Chimp
They know the tide of public opinion has turned against them on gay marriage.
All the Dysfunction, Craziness and Bigotry of the Conservative Movement Will Be on Display This Week at CPAC
Posted on: Mar 13, 2013, Source: Smirking Chimp
This year's crop of speakers includes Texas Senator Ted Cruz, the closest thing we currently have to the re-embodiment of Senator Joseph McCarthy.
The Secret of How the GOP Has a Lock on the House for the Foreseeable Future
Posted on: Dec 29, 2012, Source: AlterNet
Tens of millions poured into a stealth redistricting project before the 2012 elections kept dozens of GOP Districts safe from Democratic challengers.
Are Conservative Documentary Films on the Rise?
Posted on: Sep 6, 2012, Source: AlterNet
A longtime conservative activist has landed where no other conservative making documentary films has landed before — the list of the top ten highest-grossing documentary films in history.
Meet the Christian Right-Wing Multi-Billionaire Out to Frack Our World
Posted on: May 13, 2012, Source: Talk To Action
Philip Anschutz is involved in a lawsuit trying to overturn a fracking ban.
How Right-Wing ALEC Teamed Up With The NRA To Get Copycat, "Stand Your Ground" Laws In 21 States
Posted on: Mar 25, 2012, Source: Huffington Post
The Florida 'stand-your-ground' law "is the template for an American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) 'model bill' that has been pushed in other states."
The Religious Right Sugar-Daddy Who Brought Us Rick Perry
Posted on: Sep 7, 2011, Source: Talk To Action
Outside of Texas, Dr. James Leininger is a relatively unknown multi-millionaire. Inside the state he's known as the "Sugar Daddy" of the religious right.
Why Are the Corporate Media In Denial About the Right-Wing Terrorist Threat?
Posted on: Sep 4, 2011, Source: Talk To Action
A series of right-wing-initiated violent actions in the U.S., including bombings, plans for bombings, and assassinations, have not gotten the attention they deserve.
Why Does Bigot Pat Buchanan Still Wield Influence?
Posted on: Aug 5, 2011, Source: Talk To Action
Buchanan's bigoted ideas may not be adopted outright, but they find their way into the mouths of others that do have a following.
Islamic Scare Paid for with Our Tax Dollars: Homegrown Muslim Terrorist Threats Practically Invented by Govt. Informants
Posted on: Jul 1, 2011, Source: AlterNet
The use of agent provocateurs and informants almost guarantees a steady stream of fake anti-terrorist victories.
Why Is Jerry Falwell's Evangelical University Getting Filthy Rich off Your Tax Money?
Posted on: Jun 29, 2011, Source: Talk To Action
How taxpayers are funding the world's biggest Christian evangelical university.
Why Do Conservatives Presume That God Wants Them to Run for President? (He Probably Doesn't)
Posted on: Jun 13, 2011, Source: Talk To Action
Many GOPers refer getting a "call" from God to run for President. Is it crass pandering to the religious right, or their massive egos?
Meet GOP Hopeful Tim Pawlenty's New Campaign Manager -- He's on a Mission from God
Posted on: Apr 21, 2011, Source: BuzzFlash
Tim Pawlenty has made perhaps the most significant move yet along the long buck-filled road to the Republican Party's presidential nomination.
What Is ALEC? Dragging the Secretive Conservative Organization Out of the Shadows
Posted on: Mar 31, 2011, Source: Smirking Chimp
This shadowy organization has played an extraordinary role in shaping pro-corporate legislation in a number of states.
Exposing the Insurance Industry's Vast Conspiracy to Smear Michael Moore
Posted on: Nov 22, 2010, Source: AlterNet
A whistleblower's allegations against the health insurance industry reveal sophisticated planning to squash Michael Moore's documentary, 'Sicko.'
Right-Wing Groups Use Decline of White Birthrates to Stoke Fear of Homosexuality, Feminism and Abortion
Posted on: Jun 29, 2010, Source: AlterNet
Right-wing groups warn that Western civilization is facing a ‘demographic winter,’ risking the destruction of what they call the natural family.
"No Lie Is Too Low For Them": What the Terri Schiavo Affair Can Teach Us About Today's Right-Wing Zealots
Posted on: Mar 31, 2010, Source: AlterNet
Five years after the death of Terri Schiavo, right-wing opportunists continue to use her case to advance their political agenda.
Heads Up: Prayer Warriors and Sarah Palin Are Organizing Spiritual Warfare to Take Over America
Posted on: Feb 28, 2010, Source: AlterNet
The New Apostolic Reformation, the largest religious movement you've never heard of, aims to take control of communities through 'prayer warriors.'
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