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. Due to Arizona’s two hour death by torture execution, our Threatcon Color Code is OLD GOLD

  • You’ve probably heard by now that Steven Steinlight, senior policy analyst at the anti-immigrant Center for Immigration Studies, said that being “hung, drawn, and quartered” was “too good” for President Obama. While hate speech is not criminal, Steinlight has committed a grammar crime: people are hanged with ropes, not hung. If you believe the president should hang because of immigration issues, at least say so in proper English
  • A county-level nationwide study by Notre Dame researchers has found that tea parties form where educational segregation is highest.

Their statistical analyses show that even after accounting for many other factors, Tea Party organizations were much more likely to form in counties with high levels of residential segregation based on education levels, and that college graduates were more likely to indicate support for the Tea Party if they resided in a county characterized by high levels of educational segregation.

“Acceptance or rejection of the Tea Party’s views on the government’s role in redistributing wealth is shaped, to a large degree, by the extent to which those who have benefited from higher education are set apart in their daily lives from those who have not,” says McVeigh, who specializes in inequality, social movements, race and ethnicity. “As the article explains, the commonly held view that individuals and families who are struggling to get by are undeserving of government assistance is reinforced when the highly educated have limited contact with those who have been less fortunate.”

  • Empirical evidence contradicts another conservative economic fairy tale: states that raised the minimum wage this year have seen faster economic growth, which is exactly the opposite of what is supposed to happen according to the libertarian moral fables
  • Now that the deficit has drastically declined, the media isn’t talking about it anymore
  • Governor Rick Perry’s defense lawyer in a grand jury investigation has already cost Texas taxpayers $40,000
  • Kansas Republicans want to repeal the 17th Amendment. That is a longtime goal of the John Birch Society, and this is another demonstration of their long-term organizing success
  • Australia has become the first nation to eliminate a carbon tax, but before conservatives celebrate they should know that Tony Abbott will still try to meet the nation’s carbon goals with a $2.5 billion Big Government subsidy
  • In a survey of twenty industrialized nations, the United States has the highest rate of denial about anthropogenic climate change. Rush Limbaugh is taking credit
  • Confirmation bias: Republicans tend to look up climate change during extreme weather in order to convince themselves that no link exists, while liberals tend to look up the topic during temperature trends to confirm a link does exist
  • Your weekly US RDA of outrage porn: the Fox & Friends crew are very angry that 911 services respond to callers whose first language isn’t English