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  • Celebrating National Clown Day: We’re all Bozos on this Bus

    Catastrophic droughts and winter snow storms caused by Global Warming, childhood obesity, school bullying, nuclear Iran, gay marriage, phony scandals up the wazoo, and an impending doctor shortage due to the vagaries of Obamacare  - and now this? - “National clown shortage may be approaching, trade organizations fear.” What kind of a cruel joke is this? Just as we need circuses more than ever to distract the plebes, we have a clown shortage? 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...
  • O’Donnell Favorably Features Santorum Quote To Bash Christie. Go Home, America. You’re Drunk.

    01/15/2014 9:26:12 PM PST · by absentee · 2 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 1/15/2014 | Caleb Howe
    You are entering the vicinity of an area adjacent to a location. The kind of place where there might be a monster, or some kind of weird mirror. These are just examples; it could also be something much better. Prepare to enter: The Scary Door.* Some clips just speak for themselves. Other clips are hilarious and unself-aware parodies of themselves. And still other clips make you question who you are as a human being and your place on this earth. This clip is the second one. Lawrence O'Donnell has to try really, really hard to be any more of a...
  • SEND IN THE CLOWNS for your end of the year entertainment pleasure

    12/28/2013 11:04:47 AM PST · by woofie · 13 replies
    Clowns to left of me, jokers to the right, Here I am, stuck in the middle with you This is a melancholy take on the clowns of today Nicely done
  • Killer 'clowns' murder Mexican ex-drug capo: official

    10/20/2013 5:30:42 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 20 replies
    The eldest brother of Mexico's once powerful Arellano Felix drug cartel family was killed by gunmen dressed as clowns at a children's party, authorities said Saturday. Francisco Rafael Arellano Felix, 63, was gunned down Friday during a family event Friday in Cabo San Lucas,
  • Eldest of Mexico's Arellano Felix Clan Killed (Clown-Costumed Assassin)

    10/20/2013 1:52:06 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    My San Antonio ^ | 10/19 | Ignacio Martinez
    Francisco Rafael Arellano Felix, the eldest brother of Mexico's once-feared Arellano Felix drug clan, was shot to death in the Baja beach resort of Los Cabos by a gunman wearing a clown costume, authorities said Saturday. SNIP A photo from the scene showed his body sprawled on the tiled floor of the open-sided, beachfront house, covered by a sheet. An official of the Baja California Sur state prosecutor's office said Saturday that the killer wore a clown costume complete with a wig and a round red nose. The official was not authorized to be quoted by name. SNIP
  • Gunman in clown suit kills senior Mexican drug cartel member

    10/19/2013 4:46:03 PM PDT · by USNBandit · 42 replies
    Yahoo News Canada ^ | 19 October 2013 | Reuters Unattributed
    Link only for yahoo who copied a whole article from Reuters.
  • It's Hard to Mock the Presidency but Easy to Mock President Obama

    08/15/2013 10:32:23 AM PDT · by DanMiller · 10 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | August 15, 2013 | Dan Miller
    Mocking His own Presidency is what President Obama does best. There is so much to mock about Him that the temptation to do that is irresistible. The rodeo clown distraction has received more attention than it deserves. A White House spokesman has put in his one cent worth:   A silly controversy surrounding a Missouri rodeo clown’s decision to don a mask of President Barack Obama before taunting bulls to attack him – a traditional practice in American rodeo culture – became frighteningly serious on Wednesday. Rather than push back against the overwrought response from some Obama supporters, offended by the mockery of the president, the White House has tacitly...
  • Gabby Giffords Fires Gun for First Time Since Being Shot

    07/03/2013 7:51:02 AM PDT · by rktman · 14 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 7/2/2013 | Noel Sheppard
    Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz) fired a gun Monday for the first time since she was shot in January 2011. As odd as it might seem, she did this as she and her husband Mark Kelly set off on their "Rights and Responsibilities" bus tour pushing for stricter gun control laws.
  • Barack Obama: The Ghost of Columbia University

    06/05/2013 6:49:12 AM PDT · by rktman · 45 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 6/4/2013 | Wayne Allyn Root
    I just returned from New York, where I attended my 30th Columbia University reunion. I celebrated with my esteemed classmates. Everyone except Barack Obama. As usual- he wasn’t there. Not even a video greeting. Not a personalized letter to his classmates. Nothing. But worse, no one at our 30th reunion ever met him. The President of the United States is the ghost of Columbia University.
  • Despite sequester State Dept ups support for the UN [ But White House still closed to public ]

    04/12/2013 12:17:06 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 2 replies
    Fox ^ | Apriul 12 2013 | FNS
    Even as the mandated sequester bites into U.S. federal spending -- and newly appointed Secretary of State John Kerry boasts that he is cutting his budget by 6 percent -- the State Department is planning to boost spending on the United Nations in 2014 by more than 4 percent to at least $3.6 billion
  • Rebel clowns say fake shooting aimed at Seattle cops was 'in jest'

    07/28/2012 11:06:18 AM PDT · by matt1234 · 20 replies
    mynorthwest.com ^ | July 27, 2012 | Brandi Kruse
    A protester dressed as a clown who was filmed pretending to shoot Seattle police with an umbrella was doing so "in jest," according to another member of CIRCA, the Clandestine Insurgent Rebel Clown Army. "Furst Lewtenant Gonzo," who is not the man in a YouTube video posted last week, said the group took part in the "Bring the Fight to the Banks" rally on July 20 to act as a "buffer" between police and activists. In video captured of the demonstration, a member of CIRCA, who goes by the name "General Malaise," levels an umbrella at police officers and pretends...
  • Evil Clown Stalks Kids as Birthday Treat

    05/09/2012 10:32:51 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 45 replies
    Herald Sun ^ | April 15, 2010
    A PSYCHOTIC-looking clown who promises to scare children senseless can be booked as a birthday surprise. For a fee, actor Dominic Deville dresses up in a deathly clown mask and contacts his child "victims" in the Swiss city of Lucerne to tell them he is watching them. His "evil clown" service unfolds further as he teases his targets with texts, phone calls and booby-trapped letters, warning them that at some point during their birthday party, he will throw a cake in their face, the Austrian Times reports. Mr Deville's look appears based on the monster clown played by Tim Curry...
  • Dysfunctional Political System, Clownish Candidates

    11/29/2011 9:36:08 AM PST · by EternalVigilance · 28 replies
    Catholic Exchange ^ | November 29, 2011 | Godfrey Hodgson
    For anti-Americans and others addicted to Schadenfreude, it could hardly get better. The delicious clip of Republican candidate Rick Perry, unable to remember the name of one of the three departments of the federal government he had pledged to abolish, was a moment to treasure. But seen in a larger context, the comic relief soon fades. For the American political system seems to be unravelling in the most extraordinary way. A president whom many regard as a failure, and who is a disappointment even to his most fervent admirers, looks likely to squeeze through the 2012 presidential election, now less...
  • Ron Paul Ignores Iran's Treachery (GOP presidential candidate demonstrates appalling ignorance)

    11/11/2011 6:32:01 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/11/2011 | Reza Kahlili
    Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul is demonstrating an appalling ignorance on the Iranian nuclear issue and the threat it poses to world security. In fact, several times during the recent GOP debates he blamed the animosity against the U.S. in the Middle East on America's foreign policy. Paul recently argued on "Fox News Sunday" that sanctions should be removed altogether to get Iran to act differently and that the U.S. response to Iran's nuclear pursuit was an "overreaction." He added that Iran does not pose a threat to either the U.S. or the region. The congressman from Texas insists that...
  • Berlusconi boasts of sleeping with eight women in one night

    09/17/2011 7:48:11 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 38 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 17 September 2011 | Nick Squires
    The conversations were wire-tapped as part of an investigation into an alleged prostitution ring surrounding the prime minister Mr Berlusconi was recorded gloating about the encounters, and lamenting that he could not manage another three women that night. The conversations were wire-tapped as part of an investigation into an alleged prostitution ring surrounding the prime minister. The taped conversations also suggested for the first time that Mr Berlusconi gave money to the women he allegedly slept with, contradicting his repeated insistence that he has never paid for sex. In revelations which are set to test Italian tolerance to the limit,...
  • Send In the Clowns: Yippee! We’ve all got a front-row seat at the three-ring Stupid Party circus.

    03/10/2011 9:37:51 PM PST · by neverdem · 44 replies
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | March 9, 2011 | David Kahane
    Send In the ClownsYippee! We've all got a front-row seat at the three-ring Stupid Party circus. Am I the only potato who levitated from his couch last week when my favorite cartoon character, Mr. Newt, announced to a breathlessly waiting world that he and his running mate, Callista, were forming an “exploratory committee” for a possible presidential run next year? There he was, waddling along and grinning from ear to ear, good old SpongeBob SquarePants himself, coyly flirting with the wingnut electorate like an aging Sally Rand who left her fan collection back at the Casa di Riposo. I was...
  • Airline plans in-flight clowns, actors

    02/19/2011 11:31:51 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 26 replies
    upi ^ | Feb. 19, 2011
    MOSCOW, Feb. 19 - Russian budget airline Avianova announced it will be hiring clowns, actors and musicians to amuse and entertain passengers during flights. Avianova officials said the first in-flight live entertainment will take place Saturday on a flight from Moscow to Krasnodar. The airline said it was inspired to install stages on the planes when it was forced to reduce the number of seats from 180 to 159 because of a change in Russian customs policy.
  • Don’t Look, Don’t Read: Government Warns Its Workers Away From WikiLeaks Documents

    12/06/2010 10:11:55 AM PST · by ninonitti · 14 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 4, 2010 | Eric Lipton
    WASHINGTON — In a classic case of shutting the barn door after the horse has left, the Obama administration and the Department of Defense have ordered the hundreds of thousands of federal employees and contractors not to view the secret cables and other classified documents published by Wikileaks and news organizations around the world unless the workers have the required security clearance or authorization.
  • The man behind the nose (Larry Harmon aka Bozo the clown memoirs)

    08/08/2010 6:26:33 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 6 replies
    NY Post ^ | August 8, 2010 | MICHAEL KANE
    Confronted by 60 cannibal tribesmen carrying spears, Larry Harmon recalled what the grizzled Aussie bush pilot had said upon dropping him off at the airstrip. “You ain’t coming out of them jungles, mate. Your head’ll be on a stick before nightfall.” Harmon could have run. But not very fast. He was wearing clown shoes. Larry Harmon was Bozo the Clown. And it was this total Bozo’s big idea to risk his life in the most impenetrable place on earth — the 1960s wilds of New Guinea — to test his theory that “joy and laughter” were universal, that goodwill, affability...
  • Clown Busted In Sex Attack [Mexican cops nab street performer for assaulting stepdaughter]

    07/09/2010 8:45:00 AM PDT · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 25 replies
    The Smoking Gun ^ | 07/09/10 | Staff
    A Mexican street clown--arrested in full face paint--was booked Wednedsday on a sexual assault charge. Pedro Artega Velazquez, 53, was juggling on a Juarez street corner when collared by cops in connection with the alleged assault of his teenage stepdaughter. Velazquez posed for the below mug shot, which was released by the Chihuahua state attorney general's office (along with a press release, in Spanish, about the case). Juarez, a border town across from El Paso, Texas, is the violent epicenter of the country's narcoterrorism plague. Velazquez is the latest suspect to be nabbed with something (besides guilt) on his face....
  • Angry clowns decry armed robbery by imposters (El Salvador)

    06/12/2010 12:45:38 PM PDT · by Lockbar · 18 replies · 464+ views
    AP ^ | June 10, 2010 | Staff Reporter
    About 100 professional clowns who make money by performing on public buses marched through Salvadoran capital Thursday to protest the killing of a passenger by two imposter clowns. On Monday, a man was shot five times in the face and stomach when he declined to give money to two assailants dressed as clowns who boarded a public bus. No one has been arrested.
  • Last-minute budget deal cuts health care, delays school payments; no new taxes

    05/17/2010 5:00:15 AM PDT · by MNJohnnie · 2 replies · 332+ views
    TwinCities.com ^ | 05/17/2010 | By Jason Hoppin and Bill Salisbury
    With no time to spare, Capitol Democrats and Republicans reached a last-minute deal Sunday night to close a $3 billion hole in the state budget. But with no time left to actually process a bill, Gov. Tim Pawlenty called the Legislature into a post-midnight special session to vote on it. He said he expected the Legislature to act on the agreement and adjourn for the year "by breakfast." While the 2010 session ends today, midnight was the deadline for passing bills. "We were able to resolve a $3 billion budget deficit without raising taxes," Pawlenty said. "I feel very good...
  • Evil Clown Stalks Kids As Birthday Treat

    04/15/2010 8:47:42 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 29 replies · 1,613+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | April 15, 2010 | NewsCore
    Evil clown stalks kids as birthday treat From: NewsCore April 15, 2010 A PSYCHOTIC-looking clown who promises to scare children senseless can be booked as a birthday surprise, the Austrian Times reported. For a fee, actor Dominic Deville dresses up in a deathly clown mask and contacts his child "victims" in the Swiss city of Lucerne, south of Zurich, to tell them he is watching them. His "evil clown" service unfolds further as he teases his targets with texts, phone calls and booby-trapped letters, warning them that at some point during their birthday party, he will throw a cake in...
  • Vatican: Population Growth is a Means of Overcoming Poverty, Not a Cause of It

    02/09/2010 3:54:56 PM PST · by wagglebee · 153 replies · 1,287+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 2/9/10 | John-Henry Westen
    NEW YORK, February 9, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - As nations around the world are beginning to feel the effects of plummeting birth rates, the Vatican’s representative to the United Nations has stressed that population growth is the key to overcoming poverty. Speaking before the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, Archbishop Celestino Migliore said, “too often population growth is viewed as the cause of poverty whereas it is a means of overcoming it, for only within the work force can the solution for poverty be found.”The archbishop explained: “where economic growth rates have declined, the answers lie not...
  • Team O's civil-liberties woes

    02/08/2010 3:16:49 AM PST · by Scanian · 3 replies · 404+ views
    NY Post ^ | February 08, 2010 | Editorial
    If Team Obama is so keen on trying Khalid Sheik Mohammed and other terrorists in civilian court, it needs to remember that criminals have rights. Such as the right not to have the verdict and sentence publicly proclaimed before trial by the nation's top officials. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs declared last week that 9/11 kingpin KSM "is going to meet justice, and he's going to meet his maker and he's likely to be executed for the heinous crimes that he committed." And President Obama himself said something similar last November, declaring of KSM: "I don't think that it will...
  • Rand Paul: Try, Convict and Lock Up Terrorists In Guantanamo

    02/02/2010 12:09:19 AM PST · by Maelstorm · 9 replies · 554+ views
    http://www.dailypaul.com ^ | Rand Paul for Senate
    Rand Paul: Try, Convict and Lock Up Terrorists In Guantanamo | Campaign for Liberty at the Daily Paul
  • Video: What If Bush Had Done That? (Hannity)

    10/29/2009 3:42:23 AM PDT · by careyb · 2 replies · 435+ views
    Hannity ^ | 10/28/09 | Sean Hannity
    Hannity explores the media's double-standard.
  • Caption These Clowns (vanity)

    10/26/2009 1:24:43 PM PDT · by frankenMonkey · 33 replies · 1,427+ views
    none | 10/26/2009 | frankenMonkey
    With Noot and T-Paw being foisted upon us as the latest in presidential contenders, I just had to relieve my frustration....Caption at will...
  • Who elected these clowns?

    08/20/2009 7:31:43 AM PDT · by SmithL · 36 replies · 1,823+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 8/20/9 | Debra J. Saunders
    At a recent Colorado town hall, University of Colorado at Boulder student Zach Lahn asked President Obama how private insurers could be expected to compete with a public health care plan. Lahn, 23, also told Obama, "I'd love to have a debate just all out, anytime, Oxford-style, if you'd like" on health care. Obama answered that "UPS and FedEx are doing a lot better than the Post Office." (If I were Obama, I wouldn't mention the post office while touting public health care.) Then the president observed, "It's good to see a young person who's very engaged and confident challenging...
  • Send In The Clowns

    07/19/2009 2:26:19 PM PDT · by Born Conservative · 3 replies · 513+ views
    A fitting tribute to B. Hussein Obama and his accomplices in the media.
  • Send in the Clowns

    07/17/2009 8:19:15 PM PDT · by To Hell With Poverty · 2 replies · 393+ views
    YouTube ^ | 5/22/2009 | ALR6002
    See link.
  • White House denies manufacturer's boast that First Lady carried their $5,950 bag

    07/09/2009 7:49:28 AM PDT · by NMEwithin · 186 replies · 4,659+ views
    Daily News ^ | 7/9/2009 | DAILY NEWS STAFF
    Is First Lady Michelle Obama sporting a taste for ultra-expensive fashion pieces, or is she cementing her status as a savvy shopper? Back in April she wore a pair of $540 Lanvin sneakers at a Washington food bank. Earlier this week (while strolling the wooded landscape outside of Moscow), she carried a sexy black clutch, which Italian luxury house VBH boasts is their shiny black alligator manila bag – with a retail sticker price of $5,950. The White House flatly denies that Obama bought such a high-priced accessory, and says that she was carrying a patent clutch that retails for...
  • Michelle Obama flashes expensive taste, carries $5,950 alligator envelope clutch in Russian

    07/09/2009 3:16:43 AM PDT · by AmericanMade1776 · 175 replies · 5,791+ views
    NY Daily news ^ | July 9,2009
    Talk about luxury in the woods! Michelle Obama showed off her more expensive taste in fashion by carrying a $5,950 VBH black alligator manila clutch while strolling the wooded landscape
  • Family Night for Obamas Miffs Some in Moscow (Tired Obama's Gaffes)

    07/08/2009 5:57:52 AM PDT · by raybbr · 68 replies · 3,399+ views
    NY Times ^ | July 7, 2009 | PETER BAKER
    MOSCOW — If Paris is for lovers, it looks like Moscow is for families. After passing on dinner with the French president to go on a date in the City of Light with his wife last month, President Obama took leave of his Russian hosts on Tuesday night to seclude himself in his Moscow hotel with his wife, Michelle, and their daughters. The first family enjoyed a relaxed evening at the O2 Lounge, the super-chic, super-pricey rooftop club at the new Ritz-Carlton, although no doubt the Secret Service first cleared the place of most if not all of the swaggering...
  • Orrin Hatch: White House may announce Supreme Court nominee this week

    05/04/2009 7:05:39 PM PDT · by KLT · 57 replies · 4,185+ views
    yahoo.com/politico.com ^ | 5/4/09 | MANU RAJU & JONATHAN MARTIN
    After talking to President Barack Obama on the phone today, Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch says he believes the White House will move swiftly on its Supreme Court nominee, perhaps making an announcement by the end of this week. Obama made no timing commitments to the Utah Republican, but the senator, who has been in the middle of several pitched Supreme Court battles, said: “I’d be surprised if it went beyond this week. ... I would think by the end of this week or over the weekend, he’ll nominate somebody. I’m sure they’ve discussed this internally, back and forth for months...
  • Our Evil Clowns

    04/14/2009 9:15:46 AM PDT · by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast · 12 replies · 875+ views
    self | 4/14 | 668
    No earthly society is above or outside cultural anthropological study. Therefore I propose to examine the possibility of a functioning clown society in America. They call themselves many things, but are most commonly known as homosexuals. Clown society is defined in wikipedia: "Clown society is a term used in anthropology and sociology for an organization of comedic entertainers...who have a formalized role in a culture or society." With a little more help from wiki we learn: Sometimes...the purpose served by members of a clown society is only to parody excessive seriousness, or to deflate pomposity.In the sense of how clowns...
  • news

    03/01/2009 9:06:00 PM PST · by stolinsky · 10 replies · 413+ views
    www.stolinsky.com ^ | 03-02-09 | stolinsky
    The real world is a dangerous place filled with dangerous people. Severe myopia can be fatal. Mr. Magoo makes an amusing cartoon character, but a lousy role model. Jimmy Carter bears a striking resemblance to Mr. Magoo. That is why I am deeply troubled when Barack Obama begins to resemble Jimmy Carter.
  • As OPEC Prepares to Meet, Chu Focuses ( More Amateur Hour )

    02/23/2009 3:37:55 PM PST · by kellynla · 13 replies · 375+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | FEBRUARY 20, 2009 | STEPHEN POWER
    WASHINGTON -- Energy Secretary Steven Chu -- whose agency has long taken the lead on global oil-market policy -- said Thursday he doesn't know what the Obama administration would urge the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries to do at its meeting next month. "I'm not the administration," Mr. Chu said during a meeting with reporters Thursday. OPEC members are scheduled to meet March 15 to discuss the possibility of production cuts to respond to slumping prices. "I will be speaking and learning more about this in order to figure out what the U.S. position should be and what the president's...
  • Our Burdened Economy - Vanity Reminder For Freepers

    02/12/2009 11:47:05 AM PST · by Troll_House_Cookies · 7 replies · 396+ views
    Just a reminder that the federal minimum wage will be going up to $7.25 in July of this year. Its in the mid- sixes now, which makes it an increase of almost $1 per hour. Great timing on this for businesses. /Sarc I haven't heard anything from the clowns in Washington about stopping this, why not use the excuse of poor economy as a basis for political action like the left is doing and start making calls to stop this increase?
  • Gergen Echoes Sebelius, Blames Racism For Potential Obama Loss (Gergen, Sebelius, Etc: Race-Baiters?

    09/19/2008 2:45:39 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 60 replies · 241+ views
    Fox News ^ | 9/18/2008 | Alexandra Lesser
    ... David Gergen told about 600 guests attending a dinner at the University of Oklahoma on Wednesday that John McCain and Barack Obama are locked in a virtual tie and the Republicans could pull off an upset. "Race has, and is, the big gorilla in the room that you can't get around," Gergen said. "We have made a lot of progress but we're not there yet. It gives alot of unpredictability to what we do." ...
  • Send in the Clowns ... Bozo is Dead

    07/03/2008 4:39:20 PM PDT · by xcamel · 120 replies · 299+ views
    TMZ ^ | today | staff
    Larry Harmon, the man credited with making Bozo the Clown the icon he was, died Thursday of congestive heart failure. He was 83. Harmon wasn't the original Bozo, but built up the character and eventually licensed it to television stations across the country. Born in Toledo, Ohio, Harmon became interested in theater while studying at the University of Southern California. "Bozo is a star, an entertainer, bigger than life," Harmon once said. "People see him as Mr. Bozo, somebody you can relate to, touch and laugh with."
  • America Supports You: Fort Myer Kids Get to Clown Around

    04/07/2008 4:47:42 PM PDT · by SandRat · 45+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    FORT MYER, Va., April 7, 2008 – Children normally are told to quit clowning around, but today it was actually encouraged, as clowns from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus entertained more than 100 youngsters at the child development center here. More than 100 children from the child development center on Fort Myer, Va., enjoy a performance by members of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, April 7, 2008. These four, from left, Ryan Cline, 2, Madeline Fontana, 5, Jaylen Wright, 4, and Liam Ryan, 4, got a chance to be part of the action. Photo by...
  • Seattle officials propose 20-cent grocery-bag fee

    04/03/2008 9:15:56 AM PDT · by Psycho_Bunny · 54 replies · 121+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | 04/03/2008 | Sharon Pian Chan
    Next time the cashier says "paper or plastic," think outside the bags. Think about ocean pollution, giant landfills and global warming, Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels says. Then think to next year, when you might have to either pull out a reusable tote or pay 20 cents a bag. Nickels and City Council President Richard Conlin proposed a 20-cent "green fee" Wednesday on all disposable bags to encourage customers to carry their milk and eggs home in their own bags. Forget the canvas sacks at home? Shoppers at grocery, convenience and drug stores will pay the price starting Jan. 1, if...
  • Clown Noses Cheer Up Troops In Iraq

    02/29/2008 2:07:26 AM PST · by hmmmmm · 7 replies · 214+ views
    KMBC Channel 9 news ^ | 02/28/08 | kmbc.com
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Two Northland residents came up with a unique way to boost the morale of U.S. troops serving overseas. Cheryl Herrington and Larry Mills are two clowns who have sent thousands of red foam noses to cheer up soldiers at war.
  • Clowns say kids do NOT find them scary (Clowns respond to allegations)

    01/19/2008 10:07:00 AM PST · by Cagey · 42 replies · 553+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 1-18-2008
    LONDON (Reuters) - Unhappy clowns from around the world say a study that reported that children didn't like them has wiped the big smile from their faces, and have been falling over their large shoes to put their case. A poll by researchers looking at what decor to put in hospital children's wards found that youngsters do not like clowns on the walls and even older ones think they are scary. "We found that clowns are universally disliked by children. Some found them quite frightening and unknowable," said Penny Curtis, senior researcher at the University of Sheffield which questioned 250...
  • Don't send in the clowns

    01/16/2008 9:10:53 AM PST · by 7thson · 8 replies · 125+ views
    Yahoo!News ^ | (Reporting by Michael Holden; Editing by Steve Addison)
    LONDON (Reuters) - Bad news for Coco and Blinko -- children don't like clowns and even older kids are scared of them. The news that will no doubt have clowns shedding tears was revealed in a poll of youngsters by researchers from the University of Sheffield who were examining how to improve the decor of hospital children's wards. The study, reported in the Nursing Standard magazine, found all the 250 patients aged between four and 16 they quizzed disliked the use of clowns, with even the older ones finding them scary. "As adults we make assumptions about what works for...
  • Children are 'scared of hospital clowns'

    12/26/2007 6:19:51 AM PST · by Kaslin · 59 replies · 140+ views
    Telegraph ^ | December 26, 2007 | Sarah Womak
    Don't send in the clowns Hospitals are being urged not to decorate children's wards with paintings of clowns in case they upset young patients. State-funded research has found that in a survey of more than 250 children aged four to 16, all disliked the use of clowns in hospital decor, with even the teenagers seeing them as "scary". "Given that children and young people do not find hospitals frightening per se - and only express fear about those spaces associated with needles - this finding is somewhat ironic," said Dr Penny Curtis of Sheffield University. The aim of the Space...
  • Clinton, Obama clash over experience

    11/20/2007 5:07:32 AM PST · by Malone LaVeigh · 21 replies · 62+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | November 20, 2007 | Peter Nicholas
    Amid new polling that points to a shift in momentum in this crucial state, Democratic presidential contenders Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama made arguments Monday that electing the other would prove a costly mistake.
  • Rep. Ron Paul does it his way (Sklar speaks)

    11/16/2007 11:53:04 PM PST · by George W. Bush · 18 replies · 505+ views
    Kansas City Star ^ | 11/14/07 | Jay Root
    <snip>Paul's electoral success has befuddled Democrats. They say he routinely opposes bills that would help his sprawling 14th Congressional District, a mostly rural swath of coast that stretches from the northern outskirts of Corpus Christi to Galveston.Last year, Republican appropriators zeroed out millions of dollars in funding for several dredging and port improvement projects in the district - a casualty, Democrats say, of Paul's opposition to government pork even if it benefits his own constituents.Democrat Shane Sklar, a rancher who lost to Paul last year, said the congressman's supporters either didn't believe or didn't care that his votes had made...
  • Jailed Clown Loses Work Release Chance; Charges Involve Assault, Child porn

    09/07/2007 5:57:33 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 37 replies · 635+ views
    JSOnline ^ | September 6, 2007 | Mike Johnson
    Waukesha, WI - Troubles keep adding up for Ronald E. Schroeder, who performed professionally as Silly the Clown but has been sitting in the Waukesha County Jail since May on charges of sexual assault, domestic violence and possession of child pornography. On Aug. 10, he was granted work-release privileges and was supposed to be transferred to the county's Huber facility so he could leave for work. It never happened. Here's why: Schroeder is $4,000 behind on his child support payments resulting from a 1995 divorce in Milwaukee County. Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Mary Kuhnmuench found him in contempt in June...