It’s Thursday Threatcon, your intelligence briefing on right wing activity. Below are the best reports, investigations, exposées, and debunkery of the wingnutosphere this week. The threat level is TAR HEEL BLUE. Take care and be aware!
- Our own Bill Schmalfeldt has had his record expunged of those false charges Aaron Walker, William Hoge, Lee Stranahan, and others had all filed against him
- According to commenter Texas Tim, the Howard County State’s Attorney’s office cooperated with the FBI/DHS Fusion Center to tag all the participants in Monday’s butthurt-festival as domestic terrorists. Good going, Walker and friends!
- Yesterday, Rep. Joe Barton of Texas tried to minimize the reality of climate change by comparing it to Noah’s flood. Up next: Barton will deny Newton’s Theory of Gravitation by citing Joshua 10:13
- Birtherism got married to Benghazi conspiracy theories on Tuesday with Frank Gaffney and Jerry Boykin in attendance. We predict this unholy union will produce generically-inferior offspring conspiracy theories
- We remain convinced that Republican Party infighting is responsible for the leaked audio of Sen. Mitch McConnell’s strategy session, and not “Nixonian progressives”
- PolitiFact found that 74% of all statements they examined by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) were partial or complete falsehoods
- Media Matters analyzed the Sunday talk shows and found Republicans enjoy an inexplicable majority of the available face time
- Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) has called for an investigation into dark money groups which have told the IRS they would not engage in political activity and then spent millions doing just that
- Upset by circuit judges blocking their radical new laws, Wisconsin Republicans are trying to remove the checks and balances in that state
- An NRA-backed gun rights law in Louisiana has restored gun rights to criminals in that state after a judge’s ruling
- Last week we took note of North Carolina’s uniquely-revanchist Republican legislators. This week, Rep. Robert Brawley (R-Iredell) wants to reverse the rule that bans lobbyists from gifting legislators. His argument sounds suspiciously like the National Rifle Association’s views on gun laws:
Brawley said via email that required ethics classes on gifts and disclosure requirements “are useless for anyone without internal ethics anyway.”
“They only tell you the law. They do not guarantee integrity,” he said. “What makes you think a person without ethics is going to obey a law anyway?”
- Finally, we recommend this rant on the passing of Margaret Thatcher by MP Glenda Jackson in Parliament: