Wednesday, June 19, 2013

When the Absurd Becomes Reality! (Part 7)

Tears of a racist rodeo clown

Justice Department won't look into Benghazi, Would be ironic that the Justice Department would investigate a clown
By Jeff Crouere
Friday, August 16, 2013
It is sad day in America when a rodeo clown can no longer perform at a state fair. We are now living in a country that is suffocating from the deadly grip of political correctness.
Last week, a video of the Missouri State Fair surfaced on YouTube. It showed a rodeo clown wearing an Obama mask, having fun. The announcer asked the crowd if they wanted to see the President “run down by a bull.” This is not racism; this is typical of the harmless entertainment provided by rodeo clowns.
Of course, the professional agitators in the NAACP and the liberal media did not see the antics as harmless, they complained and yelled racism. In fact, the complaints were so intense the clown was banned for life in Missouri. In addition, the rodeo association President and announcer resigned from their positions. To add insult to injury, in the future, all rodeo clowns must undergo sensitivity training. Will Missouri hire Reverend Al Sharpton, the king of racial grievance, to teach Obama mask sensitivity? Ironically, Barack Obama once donned a mask of his likeness for an episode of Saturday Night Live. No one called for the President to submit to sensitivity training.
Truly, this whole story is ridiculous. It is quite sad that comedians or clowns are not allowed to make jokes about President Obama or have fun at his expense. Because the President is half Black, it seems his defenders believe he is off limits to all comedy. For the past five years, late night comedians have been very reluctant to lampoon Obama; yet, many of these same comedians had a field day with Republican Presidents such as Reagan, G. H. W. Bush and G. W. Bush.
Republican Presidents were also the target of rodeo clowns. For example, in 1994, at a Pennsylvania rodeo, a George H. W. Bush dummy was torn to shreds by a rampaging bull. In response, there was no outcry from the media or from the race hustlers in the NAACP.
In this case, the NAACP has called for the Secret Service and the Justice Department to investigate the clown for his antics. If the Secret Service has nothing better to do than investigate a clown, our country is in serious trouble.
At least one politician is not cowering in fear of the NAACP. U.S. Representative Steve Stockman (R-TX) invited the clown to perform in Texas. He called the NAACP demands “silly” and recommended that the Justice Department and Secret Service ignore the calls for an investigation. As Stockman noted, “We can’t get the Justice Department to look at Benghazi, so it would be ironic that the Justice Department would investigate a clown.”
All Americans should remember we have a First Amendment right of free speech. This amendment protects all sorts of speech, even comedy. Thankfully, the United States of America is a constitutional republic, not a monarchy or a dictatorship. Our Presidents are public servants and work for us. If we want to make fun of them, it is not an act of racism; it is our right as an American.
By the way, political parodies are as old as our country. Our first President, George Washington, was mocked by the satirists of his era.
Barack Obama should not be given any special treatment because he is an African American. He should be treated like every other President, no better or worse. He should receive praise from his supporters, and criticism and ridicule from his opponents. It is a tradition as old as our republic and it should not be sacrificed just because some liberals are upset with the innocuous antics of a rodeo clown.
Jeff Crouere is a native of New Orleans, LA and he is the host of a Louisiana based program, “Ringside Politics,” which airs at 7:30 p.m. Fri. and 10:00 p.m. Sun. on WLAE-TV 32, a PBS station, and 7 till 11 a.m. weekdays on WGSO 990 AM in New Orleans and the Northshore. For more information, visit his web site at E-mail him at
Think your arteries are clogged? 15-ton glob of rotting fat clogs London sewer
by: Jonathan Benson, staff writer
Friday, August 09, 2013
(NaturalNews) A south London neighborhood was struck by a giant berg recently -- no, not an iceberg, but a massive "fatberg" composed of congealed cooking fat, baby wipes, and other festering waste that will remain unnamed. The grotesque blob was recently discovered stuck in a sewer line below London Road in Kingston, Surrey, and is said to be the largest waste clog ever identified in Great Britain.
The find occurred after area residents reported that they were unable to flush their toilets without the water backing up, prompting sewer engineers to have a closer look. After sending in a motorized rover to check for buildup, crews stumbled upon a 15-ton mass roughly the size of a London double-decker bus, which was affixed to the roof of the pipe.
"We've never seen a single, congealed lump of lard this big clogging our sewers before," said Gordon Hailwood, waste contracts supervisor at the Thames Water utility, to the U.K.'s Daily Mail. "Given we've got the biggest sewers and this is the biggest fatberg we've encountered, we reckon it has to be the biggest such 'berg' in British history."
Crews from Thames Water routinely have to remove fat buildups from sewer lines, many of which are the result of people pouring grease and other types of fat down the drain rather than disposing of it properly. But this latest clog is the icing on the cake -- or perhaps the fat on the steak? -- as its sheer mass and volume was reportedly unlike anything ever before seen in a London sewer line.
"The sewer was almost completely clogged with over 15 tons of fat," added Hailwood. "If we hadn't discovered it in time, raw sewage could have started spurting out of manholes across the whole of Kingston."
Video footage of the blob captured by the rover can be viewed here:
Be careful what you flush down the toilet, say experts

London has about 67,000 miles of sewer pipes, according to The Globe and Mail, which sometimes makes it tough to keep a close eye on accumulating fat and other debris. But officials say they constantly monitor sewage flow to make sure, as best they can, to prevent blob formations from developing on sewer walls or corners.
In this case, the 15-ton blob had reportedly developed over the course of about six months, reducing the throughput of waste to a mere five percent of normal capacity. According to the Daily Mail, workmen had to blast high-pressure jets of water every day into the pipe over the course of 10 days just to dislodge the blob. Full removal of the fatberg took about six weeks, according to other reports.
"Homes and businesses need to change their ways when it comes to fat and wipes," said Hailwood to reporters. "Bin it -- don't block it."
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Criminal charge against 8th grade student arrested after NRA T-shirt confrontation dropped
Criminal charges against her 14-year-old son, Jared Marcum, have been withdrawn
By Guest Column Charlo Greene
Friday, June 28, 2013
Jared Marcum’s mother, Tanya Lardieri, was overcome with emotion after signing a dismissal order and cementing the fact that the criminal charges against her 14-year-old son, Jared Marcum, have been withdrawn.
“It should have come sooner but it’s done and we don’t have to have that concern anymore about him having a criminal record” Jared’s father Allen Lardieri tells WOWK. “I’m just glad that it’s over. His mother is glad it’s over.”
Jared's attorney Ben White calls this a win for common sense. White says he's heard too many stories of children being penalized for seemingly harmless behavior, just because each of these incidents included gun imagery of one sort or another.

"I think, with the gun issue, with what is going on, this is a victory for common sense," White said.

The dismissal, signed by judge Eric O'Briant comes 70 days after, then 8th grader, Jared Marcum's pro-Second Amendment shirt, sparked what many are calling the fight over his First Amendment rights.

"I didn't think it would go this far because honestly, I don't see a problem with [the shirt], there shouldn't be a problem with this," Jared told WOWK on April 18, the day he was arrested.
While Jared didn't see a problem with the shirt, neither did the Logan County School District, as it has publicly stated that Jared's shirt did not violate the district's dress code.
Yet, Jared's refusal to change his shirt as demanded by Logan Middle School band teacher David Burroway and his refusal to stop talking landed him in handcuffs facing an obstruction charge.
That is, until today.
With Jared's criminal charges taken care of, Lardieri and White say they plan on moving forward with a civil suit against the Logan County School District.
White wants to stress that today's outcome should be considered a win for both the prosecution and the defense. He says he hopes what happened today will show that the justice system and its integrity are alive and well in Logan, West Virginia.
Wearing a mask at a riot is now a crime
Maximum 10-year prison term for conviction of new offence
By Meagan Fitzpatrick,
Posted: Jun 19, 2013
A bill that bans the wearing of masks during a riot or unlawful assembly and carries a maximum 10-year prison sentence with a conviction of the offence became law today.
Bill C-309, a private member's bill introduced by Conservative MP Blake Richards in 2011, passed third reading in the Senate on May 23 and was proclaimed law during a royal assent ceremony in the Senate this afternoon.
Richards, MP for Wild Rose, Alta., said the bill is meant to give police an added tool to prevent lawful protests from becoming violent riots, and that it will help police identify people who engage in vandalism or other illegal acts. The bill is something that police, municipal authorities and businesses hit hard by riots in Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal and other cities in recent years, were asking for, according to Richards.
"The provisions of my bill are effective immediately, which means police officers across Canada now have access to these tools to protect the public from masked rioters," Richards said in a statement being released today.
The bill creates a new Criminal Code offence that makes it illegal to wear a mask or otherwise conceal your identity during a riot or unlawful assembly. Exceptions can be made if someone can prove they have a "lawful excuse" for covering their face such as religious or medical reasons.
The bill originally proposed a penalty of up to five years, but the House of Commons justice committee amended it and doubled the penalty to up to 10 years in prison for committing the offence.
Richards noted in his statement how rare it is for a private member's bill to become law and said that its final passage is the culmination of two years of work and a lot of consultation with police and business owners.
Bill comes into force immediately upon royal assent
"We can all rest easier tonight knowing our communities have been made safer with its passage," said Richards.
The bill didn't have unanimous support, and was opposed by some who are concerned about its effect on freedom of expression and privacy. Critics said the measures are unnecessary because the Criminal Code already includes a section about wearing disguises while committing a crime.
Civil liberties advocates argued the measures could create a chilling effect on free speech and that peaceful protesters can unintentionally find themselves involved in an unlawful assembly. They also noted that there are legitimate reasons for wearing masks at protests; some may be worried about reprisals at work, for example, if sighted at a political protest.
"Any law that infringes upon civil liberties needs to be held to a test of absolute necessity, and I don't think that test has been met in this instance," said Michael Byers, a political scientist at the University of British Columbia and a board member of the B.C. Civil Liberties Association, in an interview. Byers testified at the Commons justice committee that studied the bill.
Byers said freedom of expression was not properly factored into the design of the bill and that its measures could deter acts of political expression.
Richards argues that his bill will actually help protect the legitimate right to protest because it will help prevent illegitimate protesters from infiltrating a peaceful event and causing trouble. He also said police told him the existing Criminal Code provision about disguises is more geared toward armed robbery offences and is difficult to apply in protest situations.
In a recent interview, Richards said there is a lot of misunderstanding about his bill and that there will always be people who disagree with it.
He said he is proud to have identified a problem and created a solution. The bill becomes law when it receives royal assent.
14-year-old wears NRA t-shirt to school, winds up facing a year in jail
Police gone wild...
By Robert Laurie
Sunday, June 16, 2013
If you live in scenic Logan County West Virginia, you should know that your out-of-control police and judges are willing to arrest and prosecute 14-year-olds if they’re wearing the wrong t-shirt. That’s the lesson being learned by middle-schooler Jared Marcum, who was suspended, and subsequently arrested, after refusing to remove the NRA t-shirt he wore to class.
Back in April, Jared was in line for lunch when a teacher spotted his shirt. It read “NRA - Protect Your Rights” and featured a drawing of a .308 caliber semi-automatic rifle. The outraged “educator” gave him three options.
Since it’s just a t-shirt, all three of Jared’s choices were ridiculous:
A: Turn the shirt inside out
B: Change his clothes
C: Go to the principal’s office where he’d be suspended

Mr. Marcum refused to remove the violent, deeply offensive, piece of cotton and that’s when the cops were summoned. According to the student they were called solely “Because I would not take this shirt off. Because I believe that I should have a right to wear this.”Before anyone starts claiming that the shirt must have violated some dress code, be aware that the school only forbids shirts featuring depictions of violence, profanity, and discrimination. The last time we checked, a belief in the Second Amendment didn’t fall into any of those categories.
According to Logan County court documents, when police arrived, Jared refused to be silent. His talking supposedly interfered with the officer’s ability to do his very important t-shirt investigation, so the boy was arrested for “disturbing the education process” and obstruction. Normally, this is the kind of thing you might expect would have been done to scare the kid into shutting his trap. Surely there would be no need to file actual charges. Besides, even if the cops got a little zealous a judge would drop any complaints once Jared learned a valuable lesson about standing up his right to bear arms. ...right?
Sorry, not in Logan County West Virginia. They take random acts of “t-shirt wearing” seriously.
Friday, Judge Eric O’Brien decided that Jared Marcum should own up to the repercussions of his unspeakable crime and allowed the prosecution to move forward with the case. The boy now faces trial and possible penalties ranging from $500 in fines to a year in jail. If you think that’s outrageous, you should just be grateful that the police have backed away from their initial, evidently unfounded, claims that Marcum made “terroristic threats.”
Can anyone remember when schools taught kids to stand up for their rights, rather than persecuting them for doing so?
We’ll keep an eye on this case. In the meantime, here’s a local CBS news report on the matter.
Also See:
When the Absurd Becomes Reality!
(Part 1)
23 March 2009
(Part 2)
07 August 2009
(Part 3)
21 February 2011
(Part 4)
21 November 2011
(Part 5)
24 December 2011
(Part 6)
13 April 2012
Science Fiction or Future Reality?
01 November 2008
What is Truth? - Is Everything Relative? Does the End Justify the Means?
28 August 2009
Are You Reality Denied?
25 March 2011
"Wrongful Birth" Insanity!
14 November 2011