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 death of astrology enthusiast Nancy Reagan, our Threatcon Color Code is SIZE FOUR RED DRESS

  • There is no better proof that Islamophobia is a form of malevolent ignorance than hate crimes by people who don’t know the difference between a Muslim and a Sikh. Or between a Muslim and a Buddhist. There is no greater driver of stupid Muslim-bashing in America than Donald Trump
  • Your modern conservative movement: CPAC, the Conservative Political Action Conference, opened with a series of panels that featured anti-Muslim conspiracy nut Frank Gaffney and a host of European Islamophobes who still push that ridiculous ‘Muslim no-go zones’ story
  • Why does ICE keep trying to deport American citizens?
  • When conspiracy nuts get confused: retired general and full-time culture warrior Jerry Boykin claims that The Naked Communist, a book by deceased right wing fabricator and pseudo-historian Cleon Skousen that inspired Glenn Beck’s red-baiting, was published by “the Communist Party USA” to indoctrinate our children into voting for Bernie Sanders
  • Missouri Republican senators have approved an anti-LGBT ‘religious liberty’ amendment to the state constitution after a 39-hour filibuster by Democrats. Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal rejects a similar bill — and makes a strong biblical case against it
  • North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory is moving as fast as he can to nullify the Charlotte City Council’s decision to pass a nondiscrimination ordinance including transgender restroom rights
  • Love wins: the US Supreme Court has rejected a decision by the Alabama Supreme Court that refused to recognize the adoption rights of a lesbian. AL Chief Justice Roy ‘Ten Commandments’ Moore and friends have dismissed petitions from right wing lobbing organizations to uphold the state’s defiance of the Obergefell marriage equality ruling
  • Next week, the Franklin County School Board will decide whether to ban all after-school clubs in order to shut down the Gay-Straight Alliance
  • When he was finally hauled into court by the IRS, ‘sovereign citizen’ Larry Williams tells NPR that the IRS didn’t collect much because his income had been greatly reduced by a series of investment scams. Which is unsurprising, since the whole ‘sovereign citizen’ idea is really just another financial scam
  • Watch a ‘sovereign citizen’ of the Moorish Temple try his shtick on a judge at his bond hearing:

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    • Those two previously-unreported bullets have re-energized the conspiracy theorists on the Right, as if somehow they change the entire sequence of events leading up to LaVoy Finicum’s death. That is to be expected, as said conspiracy theorists do not live in a universe of facts.

    • At the risk of violating some corollary of Godwin’s Law, Donald Trump’s rallies are looking more and more like those orchestrated by Mussolini.

    • Charlie Pierce last Sunday had this to say about Donald Trump versus Ted Cruz:

    Suddenly, it is obvious that the only real competition he has is Tailgunner Ted Cruz, and that puts He, Trump, a charlatan who only recently became a kind of monster, in a head-to-head brawl with someone who has been raised since birth to be one. Trump is an opportunist who saw a chance and half-ran, half-stumbled toward it. Cruz is someone who’s had his eyes on the prize since before Princeton and Harvard Law loosed him upon the world. Trump is a man of grandiose, hopelessly vague promises. Cruz is dead-serious about hauling the country into retrograde theocracy and Gilded Age economics. Trump places his faith in Two Corinthians, which I believe is a pizza and sandwich joint on Staten Island. Cruz considers himself to be both a vehicle for political extremism and the instrument of the living God. You decide which frightens you more.

    Me, I’m more scared of Cruz.

    • Islamophobes aren’t the brightest bulbs in the candelabra, are they?

    • I don’t know why I’m amazed at the continued hatred of LGBT people, but I am.

    • Lee Heider is a real piece of work. “Pro-life,” my arse.


    • We’re not the first to note the similarity of the arditi to the people punching black rally protesters in the face. But few have made the connection that those ‘patriots’ hyperventilating in their basement reality-shelters are the kernel of an American Freikorps.