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February 20, 2014

Friday Odds And Ends

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Yeah, yeah, yeah....that's the ticket!

Administrators at a school in the South Suburbs of Chicago are up in arms over a state law (House Bill 0183) that requires schools to post small signs announcing that guns cannot be carried in schools.

The new law relates to a new concealed-carry license law, reports the SouthtownStar, a suburban newspaper. Schools in Illinois did not allow guns previously. Now, though, schools — and government agencies, liquor stores and certain other organizations — must post 4-by-6-inch stickers as visible reminders that guns are forbidden on premises.


Some school officials aren’t happy about the stickers because they contain a very basic image of a gun.

“It is bothersome to have to post a sticker of a gun that says, ‘Hey, folks, leave your guns at home,’” Theresa Nolan, principal of Tinley Park High School, told the SouthtownStar.

Nolan stressed that she is very concerned with “safety and security” and concerned that, somehow, someone could wrongly interpret an image of a gun emblazoned with the universal sign for prohibiting something.

“I think the general public will be alarmed by it and wonder if people have been allowed to bring guns to school in the past,” Nolan also fretted.

She said she would prefer “something more subtle.”

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Well, it *is* Chicago, I guess she thinks they should put up signs with pencils to tell people "Don't bring a knife to a gun fight." Or maybe just this:

Shirley you jest!


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.”

“The challenge is getting younger people involved in clowning,” said Association President Deanna (Dee Dee) Hartmier, who said most of her members are over 40.


“What happens is they go on to high school and college and clowning isn’t cool anymore,” he said. “Clowning is then put on the back burner until their late 40s and early 50s.”

Funny, I would think that with all the retiring politicians that wouldn't be a problem.

Speaking of clowns....


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However, the Clown of the Week award goes to Sheikh Mohammed Yusuf, Imam of the Amena mosque in the UAE - yeah, seriously, not the dude in the pic above, but you'll see why.

Religious clerics in the UAE have issued a fatwa against one-way trips to Mars, arguing that inhabiting the Red Planet goes against Islamic teachings.

"Such a one-way journey poses a real risk to life, and that can never be justified in Islam,” ruled the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowment, the Dubai-based Khaleej Times reported.

“There is a possibility that an individual who travels to planet Mars may not be able to remain alive there, and is more vulnerable to death,” the committee said.


The committee argued that trying to dwell on Mars would be so hazardous as to be suicidal and killing oneself is not permitted by Islam, the Khaleej Times said."

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Posted by DL Sly at February 20, 2014 10:47 PM

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Also, it's deucedly difficult to make the pilgrimage to Mecca from there.

Posted by: Grim at February 21, 2014 11:43 AM

Pictures of guns are just as dangerous as guns themselves.

Posted by: [TRIGGER WARNING!!!!] at February 21, 2014 01:43 PM

“I think the general public will be alarmed by it and wonder if people have been allowed to bring guns to school in the past,” Nolan also fretted.

Such as the Washington DC High School's Women's Rifle Team *OK, that was until WWII when some were donated for training new enlistees).

Posted by: John A at February 21, 2014 01:45 PM

Posted by: Since you asked, my Butt IS made out of springs at February 21, 2014 01:46 PM

So that's where those came from!

Posted by: Evil Twin at February 21, 2014 02:04 PM

Our local high school still has a rifle team. One of my neighbors is the faculty adviser.

Posted by: Grim at February 21, 2014 02:20 PM

“What’s happening is attrition,”...... “The older clowns are passing away.”

Are you kidding? Look around you--the government is making new clowns every day!

Posted by: frequent flyer at February 21, 2014 02:57 PM

True, ff, but that would mean getting them to admit what they truly are.

Posted by: DL Sly at February 21, 2014 03:22 PM

Our local high school still has a rifle team.

Real rifles, or air guns? The latter aren't legally firearms in GA. Or at least, they weren't when I lived there last.

Posted by: Yu-Ain Gonnano at February 21, 2014 03:36 PM

The VES goes to a school that actually allows pocket knives.
And cell phone usage.
In school.
Now y'all know why I brought her here...common sense still lives here.

Posted by: DL Sly at February 21, 2014 11:06 PM

I don't know about their equipment, YAG. I haven't actually been to a match. From what I hear, though, it's our top sport in the County -- they almost took the state championship this year.

Posted by: Grim at February 21, 2014 11:18 PM

I graduated from this high school. It apparently has slid WAY down hill.

Posted by: RonF at February 24, 2014 06:43 PM