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 Barack and Michelle Obama’s tango dancing, our Threatcon Color Code is ARGENTINA BLUE

  • The Alabama Senate has passed a bill which would take the state out of the marriage license business altogether, reduce funds allocated for preventing domestic violence, and require every couple to negotiate their own contract — all so that county clerks won’t have to sell marriage licenses to icky gay and lesbian couples
  • Responding to Charlotte’s nondiscrimination law, which had drawn protests from anti-gay evangelical groups because of its provisions allowing trans people to use the restroom of the gender with which they identify, Republican legislators in North Carolina moved quickly to call a special session of the legislature and pass a bill voiding all local nondiscrimination ordinances. Let’s see if they move this fast the next time the state faces a fiscal crisis
  • American basij: self-appointed Christian morality police have taken it upon themselves to protest a swinger’s club in Amarillo, TX, try to get the customers fired, and destroy their reputations “for Jesus”
  • Don’t be fooled, the ‘American College of Pediatricians’ is not a real medical organization. It’s an anti-science, anti-LGBT hate group
  • The Oklahoma Supreme Court has nixed a state ballot initiative to criminalize abortion. The measure is a brainchild of extremist forced-birth group Abolish Human Abortion, which is still pushing legislators to defy the courts and pass their measure anyway
  • Need help paying for an abortion? Here’s where to find it. Women are also helping each other obtain Plan B without the pharmacy slut-shaming
  • The Florida legislature has passed a bill to replace Planned Parenthood family planning clinics with a list of facilities that aren’t equipped for pap smears, cancer screenings, STD testing or treatment, etc. In order to access contraception, women are now apparently supposed to visit local schools, dental offices, Salvation Army depots, a Holland Cruise Lines location, pediatricians, and podiatrists
  • The latest birth control case before the Supreme Court is an insult to scientific reality and rational, evidence-based policy. Plaintiffs in Zubik v. Burwell want the court to get rid of the opt-out provisions, which were expressly put in place for faith-based organizations, claiming that a requirement to disclose their religious objections somehow violates their religious freedom
  • Joyce Curnell of South Carolina went to the emergency room with gastroenteritis, but was arrested and taken to jail for unpaid shoplifting fines instead. Untreated and unattended, she died in custody
  • Why isn’t mainstream media holding the Republican Party to account for the fiscal disasters that have befallen Louisiana and Oklahoma under their ideology? Is the issue just not ‘bothsidesy’ enough?

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  • Norm

    Reading the inane comments on the back window of the vehicle about Hillary Clinton really is saddening. Here in the United States a free education thru high school is offered to everyone. Some don’t make it like this poor slob. Angry and upset with the world because he never developed the cognitive and comprehension skills to understand the world he lives in.

  • muselet

    • A part of me finds the idea of an open-carry GOP convention appropriate. A larger part of me finds the idea horrific.

    • In a sane country The Washington Post‘s editorial board would never have had cause to interview a thin-skinned bully with four bankruptcies under his belt.

    • It must be exhausting to live in a state of terror over QUILTBAG people.

    • Charming people, Repent Amarillo. Simply charming.

    • Everyone working at Charleston County Jail, whether employees of Charleston County Sheriff’s Office or Carolina Center for Occupational Health, should have been charged with second-degree murder (“depraved indifference”) in the death of Joyce Curnell.

    • That Tom Toles cartoon reminds me of something a college friend of mine used to say: “That’s not funny, it’s true. The truth is never funny.”

    –alopecia