“'Barking moonbats’ have spread recently in the web. Could anyone explain what kind of beast it is? It follows from my Google-based investigation that 1) they are more diffused across the pond than in Europe …”We can always depend upon Wikipedia to be “up to snuff” so here is their definition:
"Moonbat is a pejorative political slogan coined in 2002 by Perry de Havilland of "The Libertarian Samizdata," a libertarian weblog. The term enjoys great currency in the libertarian blogosphere, where it is used to disparage modern liberals, peace protestors, and other ideological opponents."Moonbattery blog refers to the Dan Sytman Show for its definition of "moonbat". Sytman created a hilarious audio definition of moonbats from his radio show, using the tune of "Batman".
1. "Someone on the extreme edge of whatever their -ism happens to be." (de Havilland )
2. "someone who sacrifices sanity for the sake of consistency" (Adriana Cronin)
3. "... human whose cerebral cortex has turned to silly putty causing him or her to mentally slide down the evolutionary ladder to the level of a winged rat who is influenced by the moon and wants to suck your blood. Also not-so-affectionately known as a "Democrat"." (www.barking-moonbat.com F.A.Q)
4. Not liberals, but leftists. Whereas liberals are patriotic, leftists seek to undermine their national strength. Anti-war protestors, likely to call the US military "nazis," apt to blame the 9-11 attacks on a US government and Zionist conspiracy, are moonbats. Liberals who oppose the war, are not.
5. A poster at the liberal/progressive website Democratic Underground."