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 reports of tainted tattoo ink, our Threatcon color code is BLEEDING MOM-HEART RED

  • ABC’s This Week will host discredited fraud Sharyl Attkisson in their roundtable on Sunday
  • Bud Kennedy of the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram debunks a militia group’s claim that a Mexican drug cartel had attacked them at a hotel in Texas
  • Lee Fang reveals the old-fashioned culture warriors that are hidden under the Koch brothers’ “libertarian” facade
  • Conservative Ben Carson has a super PAC run by John Philip Sousa’s grandson, who is totally nuts
  • Wisconsin state representative Chris Taylor attended his third American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) conference in Dallas and witnessed what happened when someone representing internet companies urged attendees to support renewable energy
  • Why are conservatives afraid of Neil deGrasse Tyson? Because of the rising demographic he represents: nerdier, younger, more skeptical voters. More Americans between 18 and 30 now identify as ‘no religion’ than Protestant or Catholic
  • Ever wonder what the Congressional map would look like without gerrymandering? Wonder no more
  • Why aren’t more Americans atheists? It’s because of America’s religious freedom
  • When Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) tried to hold up funding for Israel’s Iron Dome, was he being a principled statesman or a dangerous fanatic? Jonathan Chait explains why both explanations are correct
  • Historian Rick Perlstein’s new book about the rise of Ronald Reagan has brought out some obviously-contrived charges of plagiarism from conservatives who are upset with his accurate portrayal of “the Great Communicator” as a shameless historical revisionist. Perlstein was on MSNBC last night to talk about Rand Paul’s shameless revisions with guest host Steve Kornacki

  • As he tries to revive his anti-immigration Minutemen organization, Jim Gilchrist keeps trying to distance himself from convicted murderer Shawna Forde — but Hatewatch’s David Neiwert just won’t let him get away with it
  • The Motley Fool says the decline of unions accounts for about one-fifth to one-third of income inequality since the 1970s — and a minimum wage that’s not tied to inflation accounts for the rest
  • Michigan ‘sovereign citizen’ and alleged domestic abuser William Kemp tried to invoke the Posse Comitatus Act when he was charged as a habitual offender
  • Fake Indian chief and ‘sovereign citizen’ William McRae lost his bid to have his case moved to federal court
  • Donna Marie Kozak was convicted for filing false liens last Friday in Nebraska. A former member of the sovereign citizens group “Republic for the united States of America,” Kozak has engaged in fraudulent schemes for more than a decade and filed the bogus documents in retaliation for the prosecution and conviction of two of her associates
  • Two Minnesota TV stations belonging to a major Republican donor and friend of the Koch brothers have rejected ads from a Democratic PAC because their criticisms of low tax rates on the wealthy were “personally offensive” to him
  • A three-judge panel on the 11th Circuit has decided that your doctor’s conversations with you are not free speech. As you might expect, this is because the gun lobby doesn’t want doctors asking you about your guns
  • If Anthony Cumia, who lost his SiriusXM show recently after an on-air racist tirade, isn’t really a racist, then what was he doing the other day on a white power radio program?
  • Mike Tipping, the Maine blogger who broke the story of Governor Paul LePage’s relationship to the ‘sovereign citizen’ Aroostook Watchmen, has been waiting a year for LePage’s office to answer his Freedom Of Access Act request for the governor’s notes from his meetings with them
  • Your US RDA of outrage porn: during his terrible press conference last week, Maryland Republican Michael Peroutka revises his history of advocating secession and treating “Dixie” as the National Anthem

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  • Threatcon Rules

    Another fantastic post on Threatcon. Thank you for this series.