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 the astounding, even child-like honesty of tongue-tied incoming GOP Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy, our Threatcon Color Code is BENGHAZI YELLOW

  • muselet

    • “Historically, researchers have found that when Planned Parenthood clinics close, other clinics do not step up to fill the gap. Meanwhile, when there are fewer reproductive health clinics available, women get less reproductive health care — from birth control to cancer screenings to STD testing and treatment. Unintended pregnancies would likely increase, too.” in other news, water is wet and the surface of the sun is really hot.

    • Anyone who says we live in a post-racial society is an idiot.

    • The F-35 is a terrible aircraft, even worse than the V-22. At least the V-22 was an attempt to fill a niche; there’s no excuse for the F-35. Better we should ignore our sunk costs and abandon the program as quickly as possible.

    • Michele Bachmann is a terrible person; Scott Walker is merely doing the bidding of his masters, Charles and David Koch; Driftglass has much to say about David Brooks, none of it good; and the world would be a better place had Rush Limbaugh decided to sell real estate for a living.

    • Beth Van Duyne is a lunatic and a bigot, as is Heath Wester, president of the Texas Municipal Patrolman’s Association.

    –alopecia

    • Scopedog

      Agreed about the F-35. Why not just refit/upgrade existing craft like the F-16, F-18, and the A-10? A JSF sounded like a great idea, but the execution has been spotty to horrific at best, despite the amazing technologies of the F-35 (the “lift fan” and advanced avionics). What good will all of these billions put into the program matter if a not-so-advanced MiG-29 variant can shoot it out of the sky in a dogfight?

      Granted, the F-35 looks cool and I admit to having “flown” it in flight sims and games like the Ace Combat series. But the actual craft itself has a lot of problems and needs to be seriously evaluated and scrapped if it does not match up.

      (But I am still pissed that the RAH-66 Comanche was cancelled by that great friend of the military, Dick Cheney. That helicopter was ticking all the right boxes and worked, but….)

      • muselet

        I haven’t followed the F-35 saga closely, but the program seems to have been snakebit from Day 1, largely because the Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps almost instantly decided their missions were too different to use aircraft in the same configuration. The troubles really started when the people in charge of the JSF program at the Pentagon believed every claim Lockheed Martin made (think Dilbert’s pointy-haired boss at a car dealership).

        Cancel F-35, upgrade the existing air fleet and learn from the mistakes made. (Since this is the DoD we’re talking about, the odds of any of those things happening are one in a very large number.)

        –alopecia