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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.
With a warped, expressive style and a fevered network of connections among idols and villains--as well as the fact of Mayerson's recent low profile, this being his first solo outing in seven years--the artist plays at being a crackpot.
IF YOU DON'T have yourself a merry little Christmas, you might as well kill yourself," John Waters wrote in his essay collection Crackpot.
Particularly, the new understanding to be gained is that of an ethical sense that is developing within the fictional and theoretical writings of current crackpot realists.
Once progressive educators gave up academic content as the basis for the curriculum, they were prey to all sorts of crackpot fads.
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.
Editor's note: My reference last week to the "manic, crackpot fringe" was most certainly not aimed at the Soil Association.
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.
Hjalmar Ekdal is a weak, kindly, self - deluding man who believes himself to be about to discover a great invention; Gregers Werle, his old schoolfriend, is a crackpot idealist determined to free Hjalmar of his comforting -- and necessary -- illusions.
An eccentric London inventor, Phileas Fogg (Steve Cogan), has come up with the secrets to flight, electricity and even rollerblades, but the world has dismissed him as a crackpot.
AND another crackpot scheme is approved by the so-called councillors of Kirklees, namely the Tesco development which will result in extensive damage to the town's infrastructure and worsen traffic congestion which has already caused major disruption and damage to Huddersfield.
And once more, WikiLeaks has come up trumps, confirming what all decent people already suspected: that the decision to free Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi was a Whitehall connivance over fears for lost trade, rather than merely a crackpot decision taken by the Scottish executive on the ludicrous grounds of compassion for a monster who murdered 270 innocents.
I FIND it sad that for Labour and its supporters, pre-election propaganda is yet again dominated by the crackpot pointless class war, rather than assessing performance.
And Shearer is thought to be stunned by the latest crackpot development at St James' Park.