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 new grand jury indictments of the Bundy gang over their armed 2014 confrontation with the Bureau of Land Management, our Threatcon Color Code is BUMMED SIENNA

  • My favorite part of the federal indictment: confirmation of my suspicion that Cliven Bundy is actually a very bad rancher with very unhappy cows
  • Shawna Cox, who was arrested in the traffic stop operation that captured Ammon and Ryan Bundy, has filed an incoherent. ‘sovereign citizen’-inflected $666 billion lawsuit against federal officials for doing “works of the devil
  • Responding to citizen complaints, the Oregon Department of Public Standards and Safety will investigate whether ‘constitutional’ Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer, an ideological ally of the Bundy gang, violated state regulations
  • Threats from ‘patriot’ militia associates have forced the Oregon House of Representatives to shield the name of the Oregon State Police officer who shot militant LaVoy Finicum for another 90 days. The Department of Homeland Security and the FBI have issued a joint warning bulletin that anti-government extremists may retaliate against law enforcement officers. So where the hell is the #BlueLivesMatter crowd? Are they perhaps too busy not showing up to their own Beyoncé protests?
  • Tampa, FL police are supposedly refusing to work security at a Beyoncé concert in April because of her ‘anti-cop’ song “Formation.” I have my doubts about this story, which seems like another attempt to deflect from the reality that right wing domestic terrorists are far more dangerous to law enforcement than black music fans
  • The National Sheriffs’ Association is blaming Beyoncé for the recent deaths of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty and a number of right wing blogs are following suit. I will have more to say about this story soon, but for now, just take a look at alleged shooter Marcus Schumacher of Fargo, ND and ask yourself whether he looks like a Beyoncé fan or a #BlackLivesMatter enthusiast
  • The Southern Poverty Law Center has issued a new report showing a 14% uptick in hate groups and anti-government groups during 2015. Notably, Ku Klux Klan chapters have exploded; so have black separatist groups. The number of anti-LGBT groups has doubled since 2011
  • Rock star, NRA board member, anti-Semite, and human shitstain Ted Nugent says Donald Trump will make a good president because “at least he’ll be a liar of a different color
  • This week, a sexual assault nurse gave testimony on the strangulation and rape that Trenton, NJ Moorish Temple ‘sovereign citizen’ Don Finney allegedly committed on his estranged wife during a three-day kidnapping in 2012
  • Watch US Navy SEAL Rob O’Neill, who claims to be the man who shot Osama bin Laden, stun Fox Business host Stuart Varney with the fact that women are already taking part in special forces raids:


  • Uh, you’ve got the video of Trump and his pet up twice. No video of a SEAL. Sorry if you’ve heard that already.

    • Sounds like you’ve had a browser error — I’m seeing both videos.

      • I see it now. Thanks, that was a very interesting video. Reminds me of a conversation I had with an Air Force vet. He’d never heard of Viking shieldmaidens. More curiously, I knew the guy through a Japanese language study club, and he hadn’t heard about samurai women either.

  • muselet

    So where the hell is the #BlueLivesMatter crowd? Waiting for black people to say something that can be twisted into a vague, indirect threat. Fine, upstanding, Right-wing folk aren’t a threat to anyone.

    • I hadn’t thought about it, but it’s unsurprising that MRAs, neo-Confederates and assorted bigots would support Donald Trump.

    • When the bishops have licenses to practice medicine, then they can design medical protocols for hospitals their church owns.

    • Justin Keller seems to think Martin Shkrelli is just too pleasant and altruistic a person.

    • Anti-Muslim bigotry and boys club misogyny are two reasons I’m not a big fan of Bill Maher.

    • Dick Jones is a deeply confused man.

    • Ben Carson is a deeply confused man.

    • The owners of the Save Yourself Survival and Tactical Gun Range (oy) deserve their lawsuit, and I hope they lose big.