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EXCLUSIVE: National clown shortage may be approaching, trade organizations fear
NY Daily News ^ | Monday, February 17, 2014, 2:16 AM | By Natalie Musumeci / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Posted on 02/17/2014 10:23:43 AM PST by F15Eagle

Send in the clowns — please!

As the “Greatest Show on Earth” returns to Brooklyn Thursday, circus folk fear a national clown shortage is on the horizon.

Membership at the country’s largest trade organizations for the jokesters has plunged over the past decade as declining interest, old age and higher standards among employers align against Krusty, Bozo and their crimson-nosed colleagues.

“What’s happening is attrition,” said Clowns of America International President Glen Kohlberger, who added that membership at the Florida-based organization has plummeted since 2006. “The older clowns are passing away.”

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/exclusive-national-clown-shortage-approaching-article-1.1616801#ixzz2tbZZqDwP

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Finally, some IMPORTANT news.

We're not short of a clown _resident, though.

1 posted on 02/17/2014 10:23:43 AM PST by F15Eagle
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To: F15Eagle

They’ve all found they can make more money working in DC.


2 posted on 02/17/2014 10:25:00 AM PST by hometoroost
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To: F15Eagle

paging Joe Biden...


3 posted on 02/17/2014 10:25:03 AM PST by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad and lived with his parents .)
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To: Gamecock; Larry Lucido


Reportedly some have not heard, much less been able to find a Bozo. Maybe he's now Bozo the district attorney.
4 posted on 02/17/2014 10:25:07 AM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: TurboZamboni; hometoroost

Biden should be president of the union.

He has taken the art form to new levels.


5 posted on 02/17/2014 10:26:19 AM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: F15Eagle

clowns aren’t made the way they used to...???


6 posted on 02/17/2014 10:27:49 AM PST by gunnyg ("A Constitution changed from Freedom, can never be restored; Liberty, once lost, is lost forever...)
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To: F15Eagle

Maybe they’re afraid of being charged with hate crimes if somebody doesn’t like their gags.

(Like the Obama rodeo clown.)


7 posted on 02/17/2014 10:28:10 AM PST by Ellendra ("Laws were most numerous when the Commonwealth was most corrupt." -Tacitus)
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To: F15Eagle

Millions of unemployed people in this country are too lazy to put down the XBox controllers and the pot and take a job as a clown.


8 posted on 02/17/2014 10:28:30 AM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: F15Eagle

As a result, the clown shoe business is also taking a severe hit.


9 posted on 02/17/2014 10:28:58 AM PST by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: F15Eagle

Check the US House — we’ve got more than we need.


10 posted on 02/17/2014 10:29:07 AM PST by ClearCase_guy
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To: F15Eagle

Haaa! With all the DemRats retiring from CONgre$$..

There ought not be plenty of clowns to go around

For flash mobs and OWS rallies.


11 posted on 02/17/2014 10:29:18 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi - Revolution is a'brewin!!!)
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To: F15Eagle
Available January 21, 2017


12 posted on 02/17/2014 10:29:33 AM PST by TexasCajun
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To: fwdude

Aren’t clown shoes now made in South Korea?


13 posted on 02/17/2014 10:29:53 AM PST by pepsionice
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To: F15Eagle
That reminds me of this episode of The Tick, wherein scientists use a technique known as "clowning" to grow a super-clown.
14 posted on 02/17/2014 10:30:12 AM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: F15Eagle

I can think of at least 535 that fit the bill


15 posted on 02/17/2014 10:30:56 AM PST by al baby (Hi MomÂ… I was refereeing to Obama)
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To: ClearCase_guy

We should send them to Chuck E. Cheese immediately!


16 posted on 02/17/2014 10:31:43 AM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: F15Eagle

Well, when we kick members of Congress to the curb in November, they will be able to have a second career scaring children.


17 posted on 02/17/2014 10:31:54 AM PST by MIchaelTArchangel (Have a wonderful day!)
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To: F15Eagle

Support Amnesty.

For the work American clowns just won’t do anymore.


18 posted on 02/17/2014 10:32:02 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: F15Eagle; Larry Lucido

Recitar! Mentre preso dal delirio,
non so più quel che dico,
e quel che faccio!
Eppur è d'uopo, sforzati!
Bah! Sei tu forse un uom?
Tu se' Pagliaccio!

Vesti la giubba e la faccia infarina.
La gente paga, e rider vuole qua.
E se Arlecchin t'invola Colombina,
ridi, Pagliaccio, e ognun applaudirà!
Tramuta in lazzi lo spasmo ed il pianto
in una smorfia il singhiozzo e 'l dolor, Ah!

Ridi, Pagliaccio,
sul tuo amore infranto!
Ridi del duol, che t'avvelena il cor!

19 posted on 02/17/2014 10:32:18 AM PST by Gamecock (Grace is not opposed to human activity. It's opposed to human merit. MSH)
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To: hometoroost
 photo obamaclown.jpg

 photo john1804lm.jpg

 photo hillary-clown.jpg

20 posted on 02/17/2014 10:32:21 AM PST by digger48
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To: al baby

I’d make it 537, *cough*


21 posted on 02/17/2014 10:32:22 AM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: F15Eagle

22 posted on 02/17/2014 10:33:46 AM PST by Gay State Conservative (Obama: "I can do whatever I want")
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To: Ellendra

http://legalinsurrection.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Clowns-590-LA.jpg


23 posted on 02/17/2014 10:35:46 AM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: F15Eagle

24 posted on 02/17/2014 10:36:14 AM PST by Paine in the Neck (Our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor)
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To: F15Eagle



25 posted on 02/17/2014 10:38:09 AM PST by MeshugeMikey ("When you meet the unbelievers, strike at their necks..." -- Qur'an 47:4)
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To: F15Eagle

Does Tuffy Gessling, the Rodeo Clown, have his job back? I can’t quite make out.


26 posted on 02/17/2014 10:38:40 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: F15Eagle

27 posted on 02/17/2014 10:40:35 AM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Paine in the Neck; Gamecock; Larry Lucido

I suggest trading a non-working radar detector for a motorcycle helmet!


28 posted on 02/17/2014 10:41:12 AM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: F15Eagle
higher standards among employers

Maybe their standards are too high.


29 posted on 02/17/2014 10:41:44 AM PST by DManA
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To: F15Eagle

i think we have far, far more clowns around today, and they make a far, far better living than i do. most make me sad, but a couple, everytime they try to say something absurd, with a straight face, make me laugh. pelosi and waters and sheila jackson lee, off the top of my head. dnc former top party clown debbie schultz too. even a bit of alan greyson.

i think we need to petition them and require them to join a clown/trades union.


30 posted on 02/17/2014 10:44:24 AM PST by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: F15Eagle

An official circus college is starting up in Portland, ME next year. Maybe they can address the clown shortage by giving scholarships to politicians who’ve been run out of office.


31 posted on 02/17/2014 10:44:28 AM PST by NewHampshireDuo
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To: TexasCajun

CLOWN: You Didn’t Honk That


32 posted on 02/17/2014 10:45:12 AM PST by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Cicero

33 posted on 02/17/2014 10:47:14 AM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Secret Agent Man

It’s certainly true, even in job-hiring. They often go for the least-educated, least-experienced person they can.

Not in all situations, of course, but when you get down to that $10-$12 an hour thing. It’s just bizarre.


34 posted on 02/17/2014 10:47:52 AM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: F15Eagle

They should send in more clowns.


35 posted on 02/17/2014 10:48:07 AM PST by Walmartian (I'm their leader. Which way did they go?)
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To: Vaquero

Well, now, to understand the difference one must ___________________ (insert some sort of silly liberal “logic”).


36 posted on 02/17/2014 10:49:30 AM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: Walmartian

Ow, that song!! Aaaaaaaaaaaargh!!!


37 posted on 02/17/2014 10:50:05 AM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: F15Eagle

i think every democrat and beyond - libtard, socialist, marxist, etc - should be required’p to be a dues-paying member of at least one union. whether or not the union helps them in any personal way.

isn’t this the dream? why aren’t they living it?


38 posted on 02/17/2014 10:53:58 AM PST by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: F15Eagle

Can`t they just find taller clowns?


39 posted on 02/17/2014 10:56:46 AM PST by bunkerhill7 ("The Second Amendment has no limits on firepower"-NY State Senator Kathleen A. Marchione.")
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To: F15Eagle
Isn't it rich?
Are we a pair?
Me here at last on the ground,
You in mid-air..
Where are the clowns?

Isn't it bliss?
Don't you approve?
One who keeps tearing around,
One who can't move...
Where are the clowns?
Send in the clowns.

Just when I'd stopped opening doors,
Finally knowing the one that I wanted was yours.
Making my entrance again with my usual flair
Sure of my lines...
No one is there.

Don't you love farce?
My fault, I fear.
I thought that you'd want what I want...
Sorry, my dear!
And where are the clowns
Send in the clowns
Don't bother, they're here.

Isn't it rich?
Isn't it queer?
Losing my timing this late in my career.
And where are the clowns?
There ought to be clowns...
Well, maybe next year.


40 posted on 02/17/2014 10:58:00 AM PST by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: F15Eagle

clown with talent...works for circus
clown without talent...works for government


41 posted on 02/17/2014 10:59:34 AM PST by faithhopecharity
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To: F15Eagle
Clowns scare me, no matter where they are...always have, always will.

FMCDH(BITS)

42 posted on 02/17/2014 11:19:57 AM PST by nothingnew (I fear for my Republic due to marxist influence in our government. Open eyes/see)
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To: F15Eagle

“No longer is it good enough to just drop your pants and show your boxer shorts.”

Bill Clinton served two terms as our President by doing this.


43 posted on 02/17/2014 11:25:05 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: F15Eagle
“What’s happening is attrition. The older clowns are passing away.”

Nonsense. They moved to Washington.

44 posted on 02/17/2014 11:26:28 AM PST by Savage Beast
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To: F15Eagle
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45 posted on 02/17/2014 11:28:37 AM PST by FreedomGuru (Time for torches and pitchforks.)
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To: F15Eagle

This apparent shortage is clowns is no laughing matter —


46 posted on 02/17/2014 11:29:33 AM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: F15Eagle

47 posted on 02/17/2014 11:39:10 AM PST by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: bunkerhill7

lol


48 posted on 02/17/2014 11:41:23 AM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: FreedomGuru

Yikes, what movie is that from?


49 posted on 02/17/2014 11:44:14 AM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: nothingnew
Clowns scare me,

I agree with you but I don't necessarily say they scare me. They just make me very uncomfortable........

Whenever I see one they remind me of the creature Pennywise the clown in Stephen King's "IT"

As a side note, the HR manager at my company's plastics plant in Detroit was a professional clown who actually offered clown classes to people who had an interest in clowning. In fact, I ran into a nurse at a catarac eye surgery clinic who was an amateur clown and had learned her trade from the guy I know.

Clowning was also a very profitable business for him in that he had successful internet sales business in the sale of clown supplies.......

50 posted on 02/17/2014 11:53:03 AM PST by Hot Tabasco (Was Occam's razor made by Gillette?)
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