Saturday, January 01, 2005


Every once in a while I slum through some of the far left blogs looking for post material. Local columnist Nick Coleman often provides great material but recently he has become somewhat overexposed or, come se dice? "jumped the shark" (but I'm sure he'll be back -- you go girl!). So I've noticed that lefty bloggers and commenters often use the term "wingnut" as a pejorative to describe folks on the right. Here, at random, is one example:
The wingnuts are full of venon. Notice they never make a reasonable point about something that raises Righteous anger. They make stuff up or pretend that invading Iraq is on the same grand footing as joining a World War to prevent real time genocide.
The writers all appear very satisfied that they've issued a horrific insult but the term just doesn't seem all that nasty to me.

So, I googled it. Here's what I found:
  • Create poetry at Wingnut-etc.
  • An interview with Robert "Wingnut" Weaver, reportedly "a modern version of a Sixties Surfer" from Surfmag.com.
  • A producer of vegan artisan truffles. Wingnut Confections, whose motto is "candy with a conscience," boasts: "Each truffle is hand-made and delivered by bicycle especially for you!"
  • Wingnut Galleries' home page currently features a photo of a naked woman entitled "The Womb."
  • The "Caucasian Wingnut" or Pterocarya fraxinifolia is "a relic of the Teriary flora on the southern flanks of the Caucasus Mountains and was introduced to France in 1784 but not until after 1800 in Britain."
  • Wingnut Games is releasing Solid!: The D20 Blaxploitation Experience to stores this February. One review gushes:
    Solid! allows players to experience the soul, power, and action of the movies that defined a generation. Includes new advanced classes like the Private Dick, Foxy Lady, Hustler, Preacher, Hoodlum, Police Detective, and Politician ...
  • Meet Wingnut, the band. Who are they?
    Wingnut music is mostly instrumental, drawing from jazz, hip-hop, funk, soul, trance and other genres. With high regard for dynamics, the groups original compositions transform from funky Hammond B3 organ groove to deeply melodic piano passages into tear-your-head-off distorted fender rhodes evil. Wingnut music is exploratory but maturely composed, balancing intense, aggressive improvisation with solid foundation and structure...
Perhaps the lefties ought to pick a slur with less baggage, or at the very least, a slur lacking such stereotypically left leaning baggage. The corresponding rightwing insult, "moonbat," doesn't seem all that nasty either (it evokes "wombat," which is kind of cute) , but at least it has the virtue of being a completely new word so perhaps it will acquire some venom.

Clearly more evidence of Karl Rove's evil genius at work.


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