Crazy of the Year

UPDATE (Tuesday, Dec.22) – We have 8 nominees so far, all conservatives, but anyone of any political persuasion can be nominated.  Go for it!

UPDATE (Monday, Dec.21) – Nomination Criteria: Okay, nominations are coming in furious if not fast, and it looks like we might even be able to put this thing to a vote sometime in the next little while.  But in order to make sure we’re comparing apples and apples, we need to establish some parameters.  Therefore, the nominations are limited to the Canadian blogosphere.  Nominees can be righties, lefties or inbetweenies — the nomination criteria is Demonstrable Bad Craziness, such as balb suggests:

Commitment to self-contradiction (must be demonstrated by example); demonstrated preference for ideology vs. reality (examples, please); acknowledgment of psychotropic medication a definite advantage; extra points for periodic outbursts of uncontrollable verbal rage: tendency to argue on the basis of a sudden revelation vouchsafed only to the blogger; periodic absences while in treatment or recovery; insistence on secret, integrated global conspiracy of Bad Guys.

Nominees will be screened by an independent panel of still-to-be-recruited non-partisan types who will break it down to the top 5, then we’ll vote.

ALSO: It would be helpful if you could post a link to an example of your nominee’s bad craziness.

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MOVED to the top: We’ll start taking nominees in earnest this week.  Please post your nomination in the comments with a link to evidence of brain damage.  Meanwhile, balb makes a strong case for Scenty.

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It is that time of year again — no, not just the time when visions of Santa’s sugar plums dance in your head, but the time for Top Ten lists of everything.

In the spirit of the season, Salon has a Top Ten list of CRAZY:

The staff and readers of Salon had a big debate over choosing Glenn Beck our “Crazy Person of the Year.” As we stated in the introduction to “The Year in Crazy,” we disqualified certain media stars — Rush Limbaugh, Bill O’Reilly — and some GOP leaders — Sarah Palin and Liz Cheney — whose crazy behavior was purely opportunistic. We rejected prominent people who had a crazy belief or two — Whoopi Goldberg casting doubt on the moon landing — but didn’t seem driven by crazy.

Only one man was crazy enough to possibly trick us. Only one man stood on a media platform comparable to O’Reilly’s and Limbaugh’s, and delivered a crazy shtick that was so over the top that sometimes you’d say: He doesn’t believe any of this, right? The tears, the shaking, the hysteria — it’s all an act, right? And sometimes you’d say, “Get the nets, Fox News!”

Yes, that man is Glenn Beck, and we come down on the side of “Get the nets!” An overview of Beck’s career shows that his success is equal parts talent, timing, cruelty and crazy.

…and I can’t argue with a list of Crazy topped by profiles in brain damage like Glenn Beck, Orly Taitz and Michelle Bachmann. But Teh Crazy is a very competitive field, and many worthy contenders didn’t make Salon’s cut.  (The entire teabagger movement, for one — although that would have to be a collective award, and teabaggers don’t hold with no commie collectivism.)

Have another look at the list — who would you have added?   Better yet, what about Canada — are we not crazy? also?  I can think of a couple of Canadian bloggers who’d be extremely competitive if we were to top-ten our own crazies.  What do you think?

71 Responses to “Crazy of the Year”


  1. 1 Torontonian Friday, December 18, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    Those people on Salon’s list are mostly annoying.
    Crazy is like Emperor Norton of San Francisco.
    Man Ray was borderline crazy but got away with it
    what with being an artist and all.

    Half those people on Salon’s list are annoying
    and not crazy.

    Annoying in Canada are Coren, Adler, Poilievre,
    Cheryl Gallant, most of talk radio and Don Cherry.

    I think it’s our ingrained Presbyterian sensibility
    that doens’t allow us much crazy up here except
    for Jim Carrey and Mike Myers.
    But, if we had their money, we’d go crazy with
    the giddiness of such wealth, wouldn’t we?

  2. 2 h1jen1 Friday, December 18, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    How Nancy Pelosi’s plastic surgeon didn’t make this list beats me..

  3. 3 JJ Friday, December 18, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    Torontonian

    Half those people on Salon’s list are annoying
    and not crazy.

    I know — they missed some good crazy opportunities. I would have added Nurse Stanek, just for posting another doctor’s address and pictures of his clinic the week after Dr.Tiller was killed. Also Chuck Norris — he’s been a non-stop source of crazy all year.

    For Canucks, Cheryl Gallant definitely makes the cut. Don Cherry’s just taken too many pucks in the head, and Adler is an opportunist. Coren is somewhat crazy, although he seemed comparatively sane the day he interviewed Connie from FD.

    Poilievre I think is just Dumb.

  4. 4 JJ Friday, December 18, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    h1jen1

    How Nancy Pelosi’s plastic surgeon didn’t make this list beats me..

    He was edged out by the surgeon who did Ann Coulter’s sex change.

  5. 5 Rob F Friday, December 18, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    Top ten is too little! It’s excluding too many that are as deserving of making the list.

  6. 6 Rob F Friday, December 18, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    And regarding Canadians, Suzie ALLCAPS is eminently deserving of making the list…. And I’d include Stanek on the Salon list, just because of what she said after the Montana plane crash.

  7. 7 JJ Friday, December 18, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    Rob F – ARRRGGHH, I’d forgotten all about that! Indeed, the crazy runs strong in Nurse Stanek.

  8. 8 Bruce Friday, December 18, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    I’ve got one for ya. This dude’s so whacked out he scares the shit out of crazy people.

    Steven Anderson, of Faithful Word Baptist Church in Tempe, Arizona. You should watch his videos, it’s almost performance art for the unhinged.

    Some background here:

    http://crooksandliars.com/david-neiwert/gospel-hate-arizona-pastor-steve-and

    Try This: http://fromtheleft.wordpress.com/2009/09/01/pastor-steven-anderson-if-youre-a-homosexual-i-hope-you-get-brain-cancer-like-ted-kennedy/

  9. 9 JJ Friday, December 18, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    Bruce – Egads! I’d forgotten all about him! Oh, he’s Bigtime Crazy. The Crazy not only runs strong in him, it IS him.

    Good choice!

    {{{shudder}}}

  10. 10 J. A. Baker Friday, December 18, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    For Canucks, Cheryl Gallant definitely makes the cut. Don Cherry’s just taken too many pucks in the head, and Adler is an opportunist.

    Oh, and let’s not forget Science Minister Gary Goodyear, who dithered for quite a while on whether or not he accepted evolution as a scientific fact.

  11. 11 Bruce Friday, December 18, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    JJ, when you were asking about Canadian crazies, for some reason I thought about SUZIE all-caps and maybe it’s because of the Christmas season or something that I started to feel a little pity.

    Perhaps we’re being too hard on people who can’t can’t see the light on their caps lock button and we should do the proper, left-leaning, tree-hugger thing and hence forth refer to them as “lower case challenged”.

  12. 12 Reality Bites Saturday, December 19, 2009 at 5:15 am

    Gallant defines crazy. She’s crazy enough to be an American crazy. I can imagine Gwen Landolt and Charles McVety avoiding her at parties. And, in Landolt’s case anyway, sneaking back to her place afterwards for some heavy-duty muff-diving.

  13. 13 balbulican Saturday, December 19, 2009 at 5:29 am

    I think crazy Canadian bloggers is a pretty rich vein to mine, except that have some that really, truly are insane – not just amiably and amusingly wingnutty, or ideological to the point of irrationality – but clinically deranged. I’m thinking folks like Wendy Sullivan, Scenty, Raging Tory, SUZY ALLCAPS – people from whom you occasionally need to remove sharp objects.

    So do you mean crazy, or “crazy”?

  14. 14 JJ Saturday, December 19, 2009 at 10:36 am

    JAB

    Oh, and let’s not forget Science Minister Gary Goodyear

    Egads, yes. Although I’m not sure if that’s Teh Crazy or just Teh Stoopid.

  15. 15 JJ Saturday, December 19, 2009 at 10:39 am

    Bruce –

    for some reason I thought about SUZIE all-caps and maybe it’s because of the Christmas season or something that I started to feel a little pity.

    Awww, you’re in the War On Christmas Spirit!♥ “Lower-case-challenged” it is… until after the War On Christmas, then it goes back to “CRAZY”.

  16. 16 JJ Saturday, December 19, 2009 at 10:46 am

    RB

    Gallant defines crazy. She’s crazy enough to be an American crazy.

    Oh, absolutely right. That’s what really makes her stand out from the rest of our milquetoast politicians — her teabagger-magnitude brain damage.

    Speaking of Landolt, she is another one who qualifies as high-octane crazy. Some of her articles in the REAL women newsletter are bugfuck nuts, even the titles of them are hilarious:
    “Canada’s apology to the world” (for marriage equality) and my personal favourite, “Dancing on the Coffin of Marriage”.

  17. 17 JJ Saturday, December 19, 2009 at 10:59 am

    balb – I mean crazy, as in, probably in need of some kind of medication.

    You’re right, even with that qualifier, it’s still a pretty competitive field.

    RG and SUZANNE for sure are batshit, Scenty is a textbook case of a paranoid psychotic, but I’m thinking Raging Roidboy might be crazy because of pharmaceuticals, not in spite of them. Although, I am not that familiar with his work… I should take another look and see if he qualifies.

  18. 18 The Arbourist Sunday, December 20, 2009 at 7:33 am

    I nominate these lovely people.

    NSFRP

    (Not Safe For Rational People)

  19. 19 stageleft Monday, December 21, 2009 at 7:28 am

    No list of this nature would be complete without the halls of macadamia being listed on it somewhere.

  20. 20 JJ Monday, December 21, 2009 at 9:11 am

    OMFG, check out today’s rant by Scenty.
    :lol: He’s innit to winnit!

  21. 21 JJ Monday, December 21, 2009 at 9:15 am

    stageleft – Oh yes, Neo’s definitely a contenDUH!

  22. 22 bondwooley Monday, December 21, 2009 at 9:26 am

    The angry, paranoid crazies on the far right, like Beck, are making the rest of us angry and paranoid and crazy:

    http://bit.ly/5K4TIZ

    (satire)

  23. 23 JJ Monday, December 21, 2009 at 9:31 am

    bondwooley – :lol: Very good! :lol:

  24. 24 neo Monday, December 21, 2009 at 10:03 am

    *
    “stoogeleft says… No list of this nature would be complete without the
    halls of macadamia being listed on it somewhere.”

    oh, stooge… you just never give up, do you?

    *

  25. 25 JJ Monday, December 21, 2009 at 10:08 am

    Anyone you’d like to nominate, Neo? Nominees are more than welcome to make their own counter-nominations.

  26. 26 Zorpheous Monday, December 21, 2009 at 10:47 am

    I think Dodo Can Spell might make the grade,… or is she just butt-bangingly stupid?

  27. 27 JJ Monday, December 21, 2009 at 10:55 am

    Zorph – I used to think she was just a little dumb, but recent activity (like some of the comments she’s left at CC’s) might indicate a mildly psychotic streak.

    Sure, she’s in. Why not?

  28. 28 balbulican Monday, December 21, 2009 at 11:51 am

    Are we gonna do like “Canada Reads” – defend our nominee and diss everybody else’s?

    Neo and Dodo are both worthy candidates, but I think we need to distinguish between authentic insanity and simple, thudding ideological dimness.

  29. 29 Ti-Guy Monday, December 21, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    For what’s is worth, Ezra Levant is, by far, Canada’s craziest blogger. His insanity is, however, complex, reasonably erudite, hard to pin down and not terribly interesting or amusing. But that’s what makes it all the more worthy of note.

  30. 30 JJ Monday, December 21, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    balb – Yes, although it can sometimes be difficult to tell the difference between the two, I think we need to make that distinction.

    Clinical insanity scores higher than ideologically-lobotomized.

    (Your candidate will be hard to beat under those parameters.)

  31. 31 JJ Monday, December 21, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    Ti-Guy – It’s been awhile since I’ve read anything by Ezra, but that nonsense with him taping his “interrogation” by the HRC is enough to qualify him as a contender at least, in the narcissistic paranoid league. I’ll have to look around his blog and see if he’s still that crazy.

  32. 32 Ti-Guy Monday, December 21, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    Ezra’s variety is grand mal crazy, which I tend to notice more than petit mal crazy. Mostly because these “centres of excellence in crazy” are what have nurtured and spread the shared psychosis that is afflicting the Right.

  33. 34 JJ Monday, December 21, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    Scary – :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

    Speaking of clinically insane… good choice!!! Ha!

  34. 35 neo Monday, December 21, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    *
    “jj asks… Anyone you’d like to nominate, Neo? Nominees are more than welcome to make their own counter-nominations.

    well, you know… crazy is such an imprecise & subjective word… does misogynistic & anti-semitic count for anything here in the chimp-o-sphere?

    *

  35. 36 JJ Monday, December 21, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    Neo – Too wide a field — we’re talking crazy as in “Meds stat!” crazy.

    ETA – Thanks for the link, dude. We’ll get this contest off the ground!

  36. 37 Ti-Guy Monday, December 21, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    “Anyone you’d like to nominate, Neo? Nominees are more than welcome to make their own counter-nominations.”

    Yes, but they’re obviously not equipped do to so rationally, as Neo is quite vividly demonstrating.

  37. 38 JJ Monday, December 21, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    Aw Ti-Guy, Neo can play ;) He’s one of our esteemed nominees… nertz, but he seems to have a sense of humour.

  38. 39 Ti-Guy Monday, December 21, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    but he seems to have a sense of humour.

    Whoa… Where you have you been?

    But hey, it’s your blog.

  39. 40 Torontonian Monday, December 21, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Charles McVety is a good example of loonydom.

    Try watching his programs for a year!

    Poor guy can’t even cobble together a meaningful
    sentence without having to stop several times to
    collect his thoughts.

    The things he says and puts on the internet for
    all and sundry to see! And HE’s PROUD OF IT ALL!

    Now, he has a new video out and the preview
    trailer is mind-numbingly bad. One can only guess
    at the content.

    Ooooooooooooohhhhhh. He’s gotta be up in the Top 10.

  40. 41 JJ Monday, December 21, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    Ti-Guy – I don’t read his blog, maybe I’m missing something.

  41. 43 JJ Monday, December 21, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    Torontonian – Totally agree, although I wonder if his madness has more to do with opportunism than bred-in-the-bone bad craziness?

    Actually, when you see how excited he gets on TV when he’s talking about homosex, all stuttering and spitting, I’m inclined to think there might be something wrong with him “upstairs”.

    In a similar vein, Tristan Emmanuel is also pretty batshit.

    Ahhh, wait: you know who’s crazier than both of them? The Christian Government guy, Tim Bloedow. He’s bugfuck.

  42. 44 JJ Monday, December 21, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    balb – you’ve got mail

  43. 45 Torontonian Monday, December 21, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    JJ

    I looked at the Bloedow video at YouTube and all I’ll say
    is that his mind is as messed up as his hair!

  44. 46 deBeauxOs Monday, December 21, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    Nobody has nominated Five Feat of Phooey yet?

    K.S. makes Michelle Bachman look like Mother Teresa.

  45. 47 balbulican Monday, December 21, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    Yeah, but she’s not “crazy”.

    She’s a very, very bitter woman who feels shortchanged (pardon the pun) by life – lupus, bad marriage, collapsed religious faith, failed career. She was cursed with intelligence and artistic talent, both of which received early recognition, both of which are fading.

    She’s not crazy. She’s just failed, and furious about it.

  46. 48 JJ Monday, December 21, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    deBeauxOs – I don’t know about her, I’m not sure how insane she is… hateful yes, but overall I think she’s more of a pandering opportunist than a paranoid psychotic. I’m not so sure she fits in the “Canadian Sentinel” profile.

  47. 49 JJ Monday, December 21, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    balb – Agree 100%, not crazy, just warped bitter and twisted.

  48. 50 JJ Monday, December 21, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    Okay, sifting out the non-blogging entries, we are left with

    SUZANNE
    Scenty
    Neo
    Raging Tory
    Dodo
    Ezra

    and from the comments at stageleft,
    Warren Kinsella
    Dr.Roy

    FYI

    EDITED to remove WK

  49. 51 Patrick Ross Monday, December 21, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    Personally, I nominate JJ for her “entrenching abortion rights in the Constitution is a great idea — but I’m going to continue pretending I support the ‘no abortion law’ status quo”.

    Also, any commenter here who has ever peddled the “clump of cells” canard.

    …And Antonia Zerbisias for claiming that a hunting rifle had been used to kill the Mayerthorpe Four, when it was, in fact, an assault rifle. Also, for the “to what country are you loyal, sir” nonsense she directed at Irwin Cotler. And the “let’s arrange for Dick Cheney to shoot Michelle Malkin in the face” bit.

  50. 52 JJ Monday, December 21, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    Patrick – Please see the Nomination Criteria.

    1.) If you want to nominate me for something, you’ll have to dig a little deeper than that.

    2.) “Any commenter here” doesn’t make the cut. Name names!

    3.) I don’t think Antonia really qualifies, since she’s media. We’re trying to keep this right in the blogosphere.

    BTW, I was considering you for the panel to judge the nominations. There’d be a few others as well. Would you be into it?

    ETA: Forget the last bit. I’ll find someone else.

  51. 53 lenny Monday, December 21, 2009 at 11:29 pm

    JJ,

    I don’t think El Mulletto’s comment was meant to be taken literally. I think it was more of an “ahem…*cough*…uhmmm…aren’t you forgetting somebody? *cough* eight-sided triangles *cough*

  52. 54 Frank Frink Tuesday, December 22, 2009 at 1:53 am

    You forgot to mention ‘there is no deficit and there will be no deficit’, lenny.

    Never mind never arguing in good faith and having the most movable goalpost in this galaxy or any other.

  53. 55 Ti-Guy Tuesday, December 22, 2009 at 5:51 am

    He’s more derivative/unoriginal than crazy. I think we’re looking for authenticity here.

  54. 56 JJ Tuesday, December 22, 2009 at 8:56 am

    Lenny – Yes, as usual I give Patrick the benefit of doubt and he turns out to be just fucking around. What else is new.

  55. 57 JJ Tuesday, December 22, 2009 at 8:58 am

    FF – Is that a nomination for PRoss?

  56. 58 JJ Tuesday, December 22, 2009 at 9:02 am

    Ti-Guy – I don’t know. His obsession with CC is a definite sign of mental weirdness, if not illness. I think he might be a contender.

  57. 59 lenny Tuesday, December 22, 2009 at 11:03 am

    If he still exists, there’s no crazier person in the entire blogosphere than Werner Patels.

  58. 60 JJ Tuesday, December 22, 2009 at 11:35 am

    Oh Jebus, I forgot all about Weiner. He definitely makes the cut.

  59. 61 JJ Tuesday, December 22, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    ATTN Conservatives: I know you’re out there.

    This is a non-partisan contest, so we need you to nominate loony lefties! Have a look around progressive bloggers, and don’t forget the nomination criteria. Thank yoooooooooou

  60. 62 Frank Frink Tuesday, December 22, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    No, I wasn’t nominating PR. I think what he has is some sort of personality disorder. Mr. Prattles, on the other hand? Full-blown crazy. Second that nomination.

  61. 63 JJ Tuesday, December 22, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    FF – Yeah, I don’t know if I would call Patrick “crazy”; just wrong and weird. But Weiner’s a definite contender.

  62. 64 Calgal Wednesday, December 23, 2009 at 8:54 am

    My nomination is Michael O’Malley, perhaps little known outside Alberta, but during the 90’s he continually harrassed abortion clinics in the province and once even entered a hospital clinic chaining himself to equipment. He repeatedly dragged the clinics into court, always losing. Eventually, he gave it up only to morph into a trustee for the Calgary Catholic School Board. During his time on the board he obstructed operations in much the same way he tried to do to the abortion clinics, by dragging them into court. Eventually he lost his grievances with the board and was ordered to pay costs, around $250,000. Rather than pay up, he disappeared, and has now resurfaced in the Phillipines where he has apparently been writing a pro-life novel about crisis pregnancy centres. You can read (and laugh at) the first chapter on his website http://michaelomalley.net/. The ickiest part of his bio is someone actually married him.

  63. 65 JJ Wednesday, December 23, 2009 at 10:32 am

    Calgal – Thanks for the laugh! What a nutcase!! And to top it off, a hideously bad writer.

    I love the way these nitwits make all kinds of noise about “small government” but have no problem wasting the court’s (government’s/taxpayers’) time and money with frivolous lawsuits. Then when it comes time to “take personal responsibility” and cough up the money they owe, they’re MIA.

    Unfortunately, as nutty as he is, O’Malley doesn’t make the cut as a nominee because the contest is just for Canadian bloggers. But if you can find a Canadian blogger with similar attributes, he’s in. (Try here.)

  64. 66 Roger Wednesday, December 23, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    Gay and Right. Those Moose-limbs are definitely a threat to Fred the blogger. Fred surely has that ability to attract those deviant Mooses (or is that Moosii?) thanks to his patent-pending Moose-limb scent detector.

    http://gayandright.blogspot.com/2009/12/ottawa-muslims-beat-man-savagely.html

    Right category.

  65. 67 JJ Wednesday, December 23, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    Roger – Just had a look over there and okee-dokee. For abuse of punctuation alone.

    Fred’s in!

  66. 68 fern hill Wednesday, December 23, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    Eeeeee. I clicked on that Michael O’Malley link. What is it with fetus fetishists and their — oh hell, what are we calling it now? — fukkit, CAPSLOCK fetish?

    I don’t read enough of the batshit-crazies to nominate anyone, but it’s telling, innit, that there are no nominations from what we call the reality-based side of the blogosphere?

  67. 69 JJ Thursday, December 24, 2009 at 7:06 am

    fern hill – Not just the capslock, but that HUGE picture of the fetus, the same one they all use over & over. What’s up with that? Can’t they find another one?


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