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crackpot

1. n. a fake; a person with strange or crazy plans. Some crackpot called to tell us that the sky is falling in.
2. mod. having to do with crazy things, mainly ideas. We need a crackpot idea around here just so we’ll have something to compare your ideas to.
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If one subtracts the birther crackpots, froth-at-the-mouth zealots, overpopulationists, white supremacists, homophobes, misogynists and go-back-in-the-woods-and-survive-with-superior-firepower boys from the Republican Party, all that's left is a wrinkled, toothless mumbler with no agenda and no sense of direction.
Once progressive educators gave up academic content as the basis for the curriculum, they were prey to all sorts of crackpot fads.
What I fear is that this crackpot plan would reduce our ability to access some European funding streams.
Sheldon Hackney's apologia pro vita sua is an elegant, persuasive defense of a judicious approach to the culture wars, but it is also an indispensable study of the press, much of which played useful idiot to the crackpot right's crusade against what they took to be campus radicalism as they pumped themselves up for the Gingrich moment of 1994.
And then there was Fantasia's revelation -- Jose Mojica Marins, the Brazilian schlockmeister and performer whose crackpot visions of damnation make Bunuel's Chien Andalou seem almost Disneyesque.
These crackpot theories claim, "It's the weather; it's the water; it's Jerry Brown.
Revision3's resident crackpot scientist provides the answers to life's great mysteries every week in Mysteries of Science Explained.
The officer on the phone told me the Localism Bill would be out in April, and that residents would be able to have more say on these crackpot schemes Kirklees regeneration and planning departments keep dreaming up to keep themselves in their overpaid jobs.
I amabit out of the loopbut I did hear of a Beatles degree - these must be the crackpot courses being talked about.
This is yet another example of Middlesbrough Council wanting to sell off the town's family silver, to cover up the cost of crackpot schemes it has engaged in over recent years.
ONCE again some crackpot, biased, retired judge gives the wrong verdict.
A COACH driver is attracting bemused looks from passengers - because the 33 year-old Christmas crackpot is sporting a pudding on his head.
At a time when the aged and infirm are living in a state of penury, it beggars belief that yet another crackpot venture is to be inflicted upon we unsuspecting tax payers.
In the majority of the hate attacks nationally, assailants are white -- usually adult white males, and even more typically a motley assortment of the racist crackpot fringe.