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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 last night’s GOP debate, our Threatcon Color Code is PINKO PEACOCKS

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  • Witch hunt: Texas officials are demanding thousands of documents from Planned Parenthood offices in the state, including the names, addresses, and salaries of employees — information with no discernible purpose other than harassment
  • A new study says that so-called ‘sidewalk counseling’ by forced-birth activists is not only useless for changing minds, but also psychologically stressful on women who arrive for procedures
  • A federal judge has blocked Alabama from cutting off Medicaid payments to Planned Parenthood
  • The right way to counter-protest: Mary Numair of Portland, Oregon wanted to thank Planned Parenthood for helping her with stubborn yeast infections when she lacked insurance, so she made a sign and began chanting about it, which caused the forced-birth activists to call her a “whore” and leave in disgust
  • The wrong way to counter-protest: while dressed as Jesus, North Dakota internet troll Nik Severson was spat upon by forced-birth activist Tyson Kuznia, who he then allegedly assaulted
  • One of the anti-abortion protesters screeching loudest about Severson turns out to be a convicted knife-wielding rapist of his own family members. Barholomew Schumacher whines that he merely wants to “protect the innocent”
  • Anti-immigration hate group Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) is holding a ‘border tour’ this weekend with three right wing sheriffs, only one of whom has a jurisdiction anywhere near the US-Mexican border
  • Social media site Reddit.com has finally taken some action against racist and anti-Semitic subreddits
  • Having served in the US Army of the 1990s, I can say the horror of soldiers being discharged for ‘misconduct’ due to mental health issues, especially PTSD, is an artifact of military culture made vastly worse by Bush-era wars
  • After a debate that seemed pointless, what do you suppose popular culture is going to make of the GOP race?

  • muselet

    • I think the moaning about theliberalmedia during the third GOP debate was simple reflex, like a sneeze. They weren’t even trying to work the refs, just going for a cheap applause line.

    • I’m tempted to mock and try to marginalize Carl Gallups just on general principles, but he’s not worth the effort.

    • I’d love to see an analysis of School Resource Officers (somewhere in the afterlife, George Orwell starts double-fisting G&Ts): does their presence actually accomplish anything meaningful? Also, if we as a society decide we really need them—for what it’s worth, I vote no—we need to make sure they’re extremely well-trained.

    • Hiring smarter people to be police officers (my rinky-dink city seems to go out of its way to hire dumb people), training that emphasizes conflict resolution and de-escalation skills, and teaching officers hand-to-hand fighting skills (if you depend on a weapon, you are helpless if you are disarmed) would be certainly be a good start.

    Brava! to Mary Numair’s counter-protest. Pure genius.

    –alopecia