About Us

The Free Online Dictionary defines “chestnut” as “An old, frequently repeated joke, story, or song.”  Miriam Webster calls it “something (as a musical piece or a saying) repeated to the point of staleness.”

Put simply, chestnuts are those things “everybody knows.” For instance, “everybody knows” that Republicans hate women, that revenues go up as taxes go up, that Sarah Palin’s an idiot, that George W. Bush hates black people, that “corporate personhood” is some kind of evil Wall Street scam, that the “Palestinian peace process” exists (and when it breaks down, it’s all Israel’s fault).

Put bluntly, chestnuts are what people believe when they don’t know what the hell they’re talking about.

At Rotten Chestnuts we aim, in our own small way, to change that. To educate. To inform. To praise the praiseworthy and mock the mockable. To entertain, and — dare we hope? — to inspire.

If you’re tired of being labeled ignorant, or a “hater,” or simply uncool for using the brains God gave you to examine the world, then this is a site for you.

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5 thoughts on “About Us

  1. AvatarJay Costa

    I read somewhere that being a liberal is easy.
    Simply say you care about something, then throw money at it.

    And never “check back” to see if it worked. . . ala Detroit.

  2. Avatarshe said

    I wonder if this definition (as I have never heard it before) existed when and where Orwell wrote Nineteen Eighty-four… Adds a nice layer to “The Chestnut Tree”, which I thought might be the inspiration for this site’s name when I stumbled over from RSM. I’ll be back.

  3. AvatarWray Johnson

    I wandered over here from Z-Blog. And I’m glad I did. Wonderfully refreshing insight, and well written too! I hope your traffic picks up as the Z-Man’s has. Folks like me looking for genuine critical thinking, wit, and good writing should visit this site often.


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