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 incredibly-disingenuous Abigail Fisher case, our Threatcon Color Code is LOCHNER LEMON

  • Ted Cruz keeps racking up endorsements from professional homophobes; the latest is Bob Vander Plaats
  • President Obama has signed legislation that finally sweeps away the disastrous Bush-era No Child Left Behind law and its destructive emphasis on nationwide standardized testing. I wish I could get excited, but Obama’s own education policy has been a miserable failure in my eyes
  • After forty years of public policy favoring investors over workers, the American middle class is no longer the economic majority
  • Partisan polarization has annihilated the so-called ‘swing voter,’ which is not necessarily a good thing
  • Lillian Fletcher Elementary School in Homer, Michigan went into lockdown last Friday when an ammosexual parent showed up wearing a handgun in a holster. After district officials met with the sheriff’s department and decided to have a dialogue with the unnamed man, he showed up armed again on Monday, triggering yet another lockdown
  • Mandatory reading: a new National Bureau of Economic Research working paper uses seven decades of data to prove that white racial resentment explains all the changes in voting patterns across the South since the Truman presidency
  • Kern County, California law enforcement, which has the dubious distinction of the highest per capita rate of officer-involved shootings in America so far this year, has consistently tried to ‘buy off’ victims of sexual abuse by police and jailers
  • YouTube phenom C.J. Pearson, who recently abandoned conservatism, is now endorsing Bernie Sanders
  • Academics argue that Donald Trump doesn’t fit their textbook definitions of fascism, calling him a “far right populist” instead. Gee, let’s keep arguing the semantics while President Trump’s mass-deportations begin
  • The Daily Show’s Hasan Minhaj turns Donald Trump’s dystopian rhetoric on its ear: