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Tilting at Windmills

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November 5, 2007
By: Kevin Drum

WINGNUT CONTEST REMINDER....If you haven't already, don't forget to vote in our contest to name the wingnuttiest blog posts of all time! We have 15,000 votes so far, but I'm going to keep the contest open one more day so that my weekday readers have a chance to weigh in too. It's a trip down warblogger memory lane for longtime blogosphere denizens and an educational experience for newer ones.

Voting closes Monday at midnight, so head over now, read the 14 nominees, and cast your vote. Just scroll down a few posts or click here to go straight to the contest.

Kevin Drum 1:46 AM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (29)

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Excellent subject, generating much coverage around the internet!

Hughhewitt.townhall.com/blog is the worst on sheer right wing nuttery, with its facade of intellectual foreplay, irresponsible posts, and the one you've cited on 'sitting in the empire state building,' borders on psychotic.
And now I need a shower because I went on the site and read his "Bravo, Fred Thompson" post where he heralds his reagan wannabe as the GOP standard-bearer, along with the predictable offering of assorted disingenous, shall we say, lies about Democrats.

Posted by: consider wisely always on November 5, 2007 at 3:21 AM | PERMALINK

Steven Den Beste has courageously scrubbed his entry entirely from his site. Someone found a copy of it and posted it here, maybe update the link? It's a real gem which I never saw first time round.

Might the scrubbing of the nuttiest posts become a trend as twilight approaches for the crazies?

Posted by: Tom on November 5, 2007 at 3:46 AM | PERMALINK

OK, here's my nomination. It's an intellectual hairball recently coughed up by Ann Coulter on her blog, Sweetness and Light: "Al Gore Wins Nobel Peace Price For Slide Show." Here's the link:


My favorite passage:

"Would it be wrong to demand a recount? After all, what does giving a slide show with phony facts have to do with “peace”?

However, I guess it hardly matters. Jimmy Carter and Yasser Arafat had nothing to do with peace either. They also won for a lot of hot air.

But seriously, isn’t the rise of Islamic extremism around the world, which has taken the lives of Allah knows how many, isn’t that a greater threat to world peace than global warming will ever be?

Even if global warming is occurring, and even if the Earth’s temperature goes up a tenth of a degree in the next thousand years, so whateth? How many are going to die because of that? Will we ever know? (The mini Ice Age killed millions, and is thought to have brought on the Black Plague.)

On the other hand it is fairly easy to discern when someone has been slaughtered by a Muslim fanatic. And who in the world is trying to stop that? The UN? Al Gore?"

Posted by: pj in jesusland on November 5, 2007 at 5:14 AM | PERMALINK

Darn. I wish I'd noticed that I could vote for up to 5.

Though I'm happy to see that my choice is 'winning' handily.

Are we gonna giver the 'winner' some kind of dubious achievement award? Pie him/her? Ought to *do* something. And make this kind of thing a regular feature here!

'Whatever you want to call it, it is fueled by the very corruption we are seeing on trade, taxes and now on immigration. This is the Democratic Party of Washington, D.C. - a party that seems more and more comfortable selling out the middle-class to make corporate lobbyists happy.' - David Sirota

Posted by: MsNThrope on November 5, 2007 at 8:04 AM | PERMALINK

I think Whittle might have to win, due to his thesis that he is a member of

..the Grey Tribe – the grey of reinforced concrete. This is a Tribe where emotion is repressed because Emotion Clouds Judgment...

rests in the midst of of a post where he's weepily outlining his warrior-poet anger, and where most of the commenters seem to be trembling with emotion as they make the heartfelt declaration that they, too, are "Greys." I suppose silently carrying the secret of one's own magnificent courage, year after year, must be a terrible burden.

Posted by: Hubris on November 5, 2007 at 8:15 AM | PERMALINK

Kevin: Your link refers to this post, not the contest voting page.

Posted by: tx bubba on November 5, 2007 at 8:57 AM | PERMALINK

Whittle's rant on tribes reminded me of the section on hallucinogen-related disorders described in the desk reference to the diagnostic criteria from DSM-IV copyrighted by the American Psychiatric Association...

Posted by: consider wisely always on November 5, 2007 at 9:11 AM | PERMALINK

Hey Kevin:
The link won't work, I'm missing all the fun.
Impeach & Jail the Bush Co.

Posted by: Dennis 'd Mennace on November 5, 2007 at 10:23 AM | PERMALINK

JPod is making a late entry with this "astronauts are sissies" post today:


Posted by: Mithras on November 5, 2007 at 10:46 AM | PERMALINK


The whole damn blog. Makes Ann Coulter look like a liberal.

Posted by: Speed on November 5, 2007 at 10:58 AM | PERMALINK

Hey, does MoDo count? Because she's on the web, and her latest atrocity is the Heatherest yet.
And that red-Goth dye job of hers just does not match the cut.

Posted by: Steve Paradis on November 5, 2007 at 10:59 AM | PERMALINK

@Mithras: Gotta look at the big picture here: wingnuts are always whining about how some paragon of virtue has been hopelessly weakened by political correctness. Posts like this are nothing new.

In terms of sheer ridiculousness, though, the JPod you cite is no match for the absurd du Toit post (Donald Rumsfeld is a Real Man and America has gone to hell because of a cereal commerical), or the odious Derbyshire missive (those dead kids at Virginia Tech are just a bunch of pussies!). Astronauts crying is no match for that.

Posted by: mmy on November 5, 2007 at 11:00 AM | PERMALINK

I'm just glad that Tennessee's own Glenn Reynolds (Instapundit) is still in the top five. Most worthy.

Posted by: bob on November 5, 2007 at 11:03 AM | PERMALINK

I'm sure someone has already brought this up
But in taking a quick look at this list, I see

A guy [gal?] who goes by the handle
Kim of the Twat
wrote a post about
That's funny

Posted by: Mr DeBakey on November 5, 2007 at 11:17 AM | PERMALINK

An historical observance for the day:

Remember, remember, the fifth of November,
the gunpowder treason and plot.
I can see no reason the gunpowder treason
should ever be forgot.

So here's to old Guy, an anti-establishment rebel with a cause, and to his various successors.

And it's been said:

People should not be afraid of their governments.
Governments should be afraid of their people.

But alas, it seems this government IS ... and rightly so?:

Big Brother: House passes the "Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act"
by Lee Rogers

[Admittedly, the expose' is a bit "shrill" in tone, even for my tastes. But then, considering the circumstances, why shouldn't it be? Moreover, it's quite curious how legislation like this seemingly "escapes" the notice of the MSM.]

Posted by: Poilu on November 5, 2007 at 11:19 AM | PERMALINK

A new poll suggests 53% of Americans accept bombing Iran.
Choose one of the following:
1) The majority of the American population has turned insane
2) This poll is a manipulation

Posted by: Pierre Aubry on November 5, 2007 at 11:38 AM | PERMALINK

If this contest has done nothing else, it's elicited Kim du Toit to go on the record & state that he's not impotent. I'm breathless in anticipation of his blog post about that one.

I'll admit to my disappointment, though, that Althouse's meltdown on Blogginheads isn't an option. *That* was some good squishy.

Posted by: junebug on November 5, 2007 at 12:09 PM | PERMALINK

junebug, the Althouse meltdown would definitely be in my top three.

And Kimberly Dew Toy feeling the need to gravely confirm his potence had me in stitches.

Posted by: shortstop on November 5, 2007 at 12:18 PM | PERMALINK

Pierre Aubry : A new poll suggests 53% of Americans accept bombing Iran.

the pollster broke the numbers down by party...

agreeing with the above premise were...

50% - GOP

30% - Independants

26% - Democrats

gop continues to be the home of nervous nellies and bedwetters...

Posted by: mr. irony on November 5, 2007 at 12:19 PM | PERMALINK

mr. irony, i'm not a math expert by any means, but if you look at the party breakdown, in no one group does a majority find bombing ok, yet overall a majority does? that's, ummm, impossible.

Posted by: mudwall jackson on November 5, 2007 at 12:29 PM | PERMALINK

Pierre: You went to Kim's site? I admit I was tempted to go the authors' sites to see if they responded to Kevin's poll. But after reading about "Ejectia" at Bill Whittle's site, I knew this was probably just the least of the stupidity.

As for Kim, it must suck to be known for an incredibly stupid opinion.

Posted by: tx bubba on November 5, 2007 at 1:00 PM | PERMALINK

Zogby's polls are infamously unreliable -- you can usually determine the winner of any statewide race by picking the guy that he shows LOSING. For more convincing polls on the Iran issue, see the compendium at http://www.pollingreport.com/iran.htm . Latest three polls:

CNN, Oct. 13: "Would you support US military action in Iran?" "No" by 68-29.

Fox News, Sept. 25: "Should Bush take military action against Iran's nuclear facilities before leaving office?" "No" by 54-29.

CBS, Sept. 6: "Should we take military action against Iran now?" "No" by 83 to 9.

Posted by: Bruce Moomaw on November 5, 2007 at 1:10 PM | PERMALINK

I don't think it's fair to have Pam from Atlas Shrugged in this contest. The others are wingnutty, but Pam shows clear signs of actual mental illness.

That gives her an unfair advantage.

Posted by: Quaker in a Basement on November 5, 2007 at 1:41 PM | PERMALINK

Pam was immediately disqualified from my list due to use of the word "va-jay-jay."

No one who uses that word will ever be the best at anything, even if it's making horrible blog posts.

Posted by: mmy on November 5, 2007 at 3:09 PM | PERMALINK

mudwall: that's, ummm, impossible.

i was working from memory....and while i could not find where i saw what i posted above..

i went to the zogby site and found this...

Republicans, however, are much more likely to be supportive of a strike (71%), than Democrats (41%) or independents (44%).


Posted by: mr. irony on November 5, 2007 at 3:34 PM | PERMALINK

... Kimberly Dew Toy feeling the need to gravely confirm his potence...

Yes. Naturally, that was the first point he raised.

Posted by: junebug on November 5, 2007 at 4:05 PM | PERMALINK

Zogby's polls are infamously unreliable ...

Yes, and pigs have WINGS! Right, Bruce? %^}

Posted by: Poilu on November 6, 2007 at 7:57 AM | PERMALINK

I think that this poll has generated a lot of interesting sites to check out. Hopefully I would be able to read most of these entries.

Posted by: Abby on July 10, 2009 at 9:40 AM | PERMALINK

There are a lot of interesting articles in here if I must say. A lot of weird things have been happening around the globe and I guess this poll had somehow managed to serve as the reference point for all of those.

Posted by: Lestat on July 11, 2009 at 6:50 AM | PERMALINK
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