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Oct 01 2011

A Gaggle of Wingnuts

Is it a gaggle? What is the proper term for a group of wingnuts? We should invent one. Meanwhile, get a load of this lineup for a November anti-Sharia conference:

• Pamela Geller of Stop Islamization of America and Atlas Shrugs
• Robert Spencer of Stop Islamization of America and Jihad Watch
• Jay Sekulow of American Center for Law and Justice
• Mathew Staver of Liberty Counsel
• William J. Murray of Religious Freedom Coalition and No 911 Mosque
• Frank Gaffney of Center for Security Policy
• Christopher Holton of Center for Security Policy
• Lou Ann Zelenik of Tennessee Freedom Coaltion
• Andrea Lafferty of Traditional Values Coalition
• James Lafferty of Virginia Anti-Sharia Task Force
• Barrister Paul Diamond, United Kingdom
• Father Keith Roderick
• Bishop Earl W. Jackson
• Fred Grandy – Actor and former congressman

It’s nice to see Gopher is still getting work.

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  1. 1
    Michael Heath

    This is one of those ‘jokes write themselves’ opportunities. I didn’t think I could laugh any harder by the time I got to Frank Gaffney, then Gopher “comes out” as the climax.

  2. 2
    ManOutOfTime

    I believe that the group form would be “an embarrassment of wingnuts.”

  3. 3
    Aliasalpha

    For the collective noun, how about “Unscrewing”? As in an unscrewing of wingnuts

  4. 4
    Marcus Ranum

    A “bag” of wingnuts.

  5. 5
    bigjohn756

    Gaggle is certainly wrong because it refers to geese. Geese are much smarter than this bunch.

  6. 6
    John Pieret

    I would suggest “a babble of wingnuts.”

  7. 7
    zeamays

    I like babble and embarrassment, but I would go with ‘murder,’ a murder of wingnuts

  8. 8
    joelgrant

    Collective noun: a delusion of wingnuts.

    Joel Grant

  9. 9
    fredricmartin

    A posse?

  10. 10
    MikeMa

    I like a sack of wingnuts from Dara O’Briain’s ‘get in the fuckin sack’ routine. These loons belong in the sack for sure.

  11. 11
    Vall

    How about a “congregation?” Too literal?

  12. 12
    raven

    Moslems are the new gay.

    Fundie xianity runs on pure hate. Gays were on top of their list replacing nonwhites and Jews.

    The gay hate strategy isn’t working so well. People aren’t buying it according to the polls. The general population hates gays less and hates the fundies more.

    It looks like the fundie hate machine is gearing up for a new target, Islam and Moslems. Hard to say how well that will work.

    It’s ironic that it is all but impossible to tell fundie xians from…fundie Moslems. I suspect fundie xians who look in the mirror end up hating themselves.

  13. 13
    386sx

    Around here we put wingnuts in jars or in small individual tool drawers so as to keep them neat and organized.

  14. 14
    Michael Heath

    I like ‘babble’ and ‘congregation’. I nominate ‘confederacy’ as well.

    H/T to John Kennedy Toole given his book title, A Confederacy of Dunces.

  15. 15
    fifthdentist

    A fucktard?

  16. 16
    Larry

    A santorum of wingnuts.

  17. 17
    frankb

    A fucktard, LOL. “A fucktard of wingnuts” rolls off the tongue nicely. Unfortunately it is a bit crude, oh well.

  18. 18
    slc1

    I find it rather depressing that Mr. Grandy has joined the whackjobs. During his tenure in the House, he was relatively sane.

  19. 19
    noahsarkive

    Oh, come on…couldn’t be easier: “A gibberish of wingnuts.”

  20. 20
    Zeno

    The correct term is clearly “an asylum of wingnuts.”

  21. 21
    docwally

    My first inclination was a “shortbus of wingnuts”. But that’s insulting…to the developmentally challenged.

  22. 22
    cottonnero

    An aggravation of wingnuts?

  23. 23
    lordshipmayhem

    A psych ward of wingnuts.

  24. 24
    LightningRose

    I suggest a whirl of wingnuts.

    Not only is it alliterative, but it reminds one of the web site, “Whirled Nut Daily”.

  25. 25
    fifthdentist

    Having thought about this some more, a “swarm” — in the sense of killer bees — may work better.
    This makes sense to me as Africanized bees are a single-minded, low-intelligence hive that, when threatened and more importantly even when perceiving a threat, launch kamikaze attacks* with the only idea being to kill something in the most violent fashion. To the extent that they will keep attacking long after the unfortunate victim has been rendered defenseless and after a sufficient number of stings have been inflicted to cause death. The luckless victim, more likely than not, poses no threat to the hive and equally likely just wants to be left alone and in peace.

    * Kamikaze in that bees die because they leave their stingers in their victims. If only Pam Geller, Michelle Malkin, Sean Hannity, etc. would croak after delivering their venom.

  26. 26
    griblet

    Just to go with the alliteration … a “wasteland of wingnuts” (as in a mind’s a horrible thing to waste!), but I do like a “fucktard”!

  27. 27
    chasbo

    A giggle of wingnuts.

  28. 28
    savagemutt

    I believe that the group form would be “an embarrassment of wingnuts.”

    Unfortunately, they are incapable of embarassment. I suggest “a shamelessness of wingnuts.”

  29. 29
    Kiwi Sauce

    I’ll nominate an abyss of wingnuts, as they seem to be a bottomless pit of nastiness and stupidity.

  30. 30
    wygrif

    lets be fair here, Jay Sekulow is less a wingnut and more a good-old fashioned con man.

    http://www.tennessean.com/article/20110904/NEWS/308200072/Christian-crusaders-cash-in?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

  31. 31
    Wesley

    A santorum of wingnuts.

    Winner.

  32. 32
    marki

    Measures of wingnuts should be like dry volume. The smaller unit for these purposes is the beck. Four becks equal one bullshit. For gatherings like this we need to break out rarely used specialized units like the jerefalwell or the full limbaugh.

  33. 33
    Nibi

    Measures of wingnuts should be like dry volume. The smaller unit for these purposes is the beck. Four becks equal one bullshit.

    Batshit Breitbart blithered a beck of blinkered bullshit.
    A beck of blinkered bullshit Batshit Breitbart blithered;
    If Batshit Breitbart blithered a beck of blinkered bullshit,
    How much blinkered bullshit did Batshit Breitbart blither?

  34. 34
    paulwiele

    I really like a “babble”, as #6 suggested, but I’d like to suggest a “baffle” of wingnuts, after what they do to the unsuspecting minds of their listeners.

  35. 35
    Putting On The Foil

    A waggle of wingnuts?
    A canon of wingnuts?
    A bunch of flocking wingnuts?

  36. 36
    bryanelliott

    This is really obvious. What do wingnuts come in?

    It’s a “Box of Wingnuts”.

  37. 37
    386sx

    A lively and festive flute of sparkling vintage wingnut.

  38. 38
    Nice Ogress

    I don’t know what you’d call the group of wingnuts themselves, but the larger group of people who come out to mock them should clearly be termed a giggle.

    I’d join a giggle of secular humanists. Or atheists, take your pick.

    “A giggle? Isn’t that, like… a really big number or something?”

  39. 39
    Crip Dyke, Right Reverend Feminist FuckToy of Death & Her Handmaiden

    I like “a bushel of wingnuts”

    there’s a “volary” of wingnuts

    but what about

    a “felony” of wingnuts?

    or
    an “amygdala” of wingnuts?…or, more simply, a “fear” of wingnuts?

    one that works from both sides is a “terror” of wingnuts – they are both terrified & terrifying, aren’t they?

    Okay, I think that of what i’ve suggested, I’m happiest with

    “a terror of wingnuts”.

    though felony is still useful.

    How ’bout

    “a felony of lobbyists”?

  40. 40
    davem

    “William J. Murray of Religious Freedom Coalition and No 911 Mosque”

    Irony meter explodes…

    …so maybe ‘an irony of wingnuts’??

  41. 41
    bad Jim

    From Wikipedia:

    Terms of venery or nouns of assembly were used by gentlemen to distinguish themselves from yeomen and others and formed part of their education.

    Bucket of wingnuts sounds good to me, though I’d agree “sack” is pretty funny, and I’d definitely identify with a giggle of atheists.

  42. 42
    dingojack

    Along the lines of ‘a sack’, how about a ‘teabag’ of wingnuts?
    Dingo

  43. 43
    dingojack

    Or waht about a ‘hatful’?* – Dingo
    —-
    * as in ‘as ugly as a hatful of arseholes’

  44. 44
    democommie

    A paradoxiclan of wingnuts.

  45. 45
    Kiwi Sauce

    An apocalypse of wingnuts?

    This is fun, I love the suggestions that others are coming up with.

    Hi Dingo, hi democommie. /waves

  46. 46
    dingojack

    Hi Kiwi /waves
    Dingo

    Once were Warriors ,eh? ;)

  47. 47
    Philip L

    A moonbattery of wingnuts? A nuthatch of moonbats?

  48. 48
    Kiwi Sauce

    Dingo @46

    Hmm.. more like Meet the Feebles.. :)

  49. 49
    386sx

    A bouquet of wingnuts.

  50. 50
    Taz

    How about a boltload?

  51. 51
    coryat

    A World-Net of Wingnuts?

  52. 52
    Orakio

    My first thought: A “gargle of wingnuts” – It’s something you want to rinse and spit out, certainly not swallow.

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