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Edwin Lyngar: Why I Fled Libertarianism — And Became A Liberal

Pic: Jacopo Werther (PD)

Pic: Jacopo Werther (PD)

via Salon

The night before the 2008 Nevada Republican convention, the Ron Paul delegates all met at a Reno high school. Although I’d called myself a libertarian for almost my entire adult life, it was my first exposure to the wider movement.

And boy, was it a circus. Many members of the group were obsessed with the gold standard, the Kennedy assassination and the Fed. Although Libertarians believe government is incompetent, many of them subscribe to the most fringe conspiracy theories imaginable. Airplanes are poisoning America with chemicals (chemtrails) or the moon landings were faked. Nothing was too far out. A great many of them really think that 9-11 was an inside job. Even while basking in the electoral mainstream, the movement was overflowing with obvious hokum.

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Spate Of Frightening Clown Stalking Continues In United Kingdom

clownThe Guardian on the new candy-colored face of random street terror in the decaying metropolis:

A police force has told members of the public to ignore people dressed as clowns if they meet them in the street, after spate of reports of terrifying sightings.

Norfolk police received a report from a member of the public alarmed by a clown sighting in Gaywood, near King’s Lynn, on Tuesday evening. The suspect was described as wearing a “full clown outfit” with a red suit and red hair.

The following evening the force received a similar report after two clowns were spotted near a skate park in the town. These people wore “Halloween-type” clown masks. In both cases, the callers reported being alarmed and being chased a short way up the road. It follows recent reports of the circus characters scaring people in Northampton.

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Mexican Drug Lord Assassinated By Killer Clowns

Arellano FelixYour paralyzing fears of clowns are justified. Al Jazeera reports:

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.

Francisco Rafael Arellano Felix, 63, was shot dead on Friday during a family event in Cabo San Lucas, a tourist resort in the Baja California peninsula, state special investigations prosecutor Isai Arias told the AP news agency. “He was hit by two bullets, one in the thorax and one in the head,” Arias said.

The gunmen were disguised as clowns when they shot Arellano Felix at the party in the luxurious Casa Oceano tourist residence. An official told the AP that the costumes included a wig and a round red nose.

The Arellano Felix brothers once dominated drug trafficking between Mexico and California through their brutal Tijuana cartel. Most brothers have been either killed or arrested, leaving the cartel in tatters while rivals rose in prominence.

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Clown Spooking Northern Irish City Turns Himself In To Police

clownTerrifying harlequins inexplicably haunting sleepy UK towns has officially reached epidemic status. The BBC reports on the latest, the self-proclaimed Carrick “Killer Clown”:

A clown has turned himself in to the police after alarm was raised among frightened parents in County Antrim. Mysterious pictures online of a clown and a balaclava-wearing sidekick have caused a stir in the town.

Police said they started an investigation after receiving reports from parents that their children were frightened of the clown. The mystery man, who calls himself the Carrick “Killer Clown”, contacted the police following the appeal to apologise for any distress.

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Northampton Clown Caught On Video

Try as I might, I can't get this clown out of my head. The Northampton Chronicle and Echo has an update on the previously reported mysterious figure who has captured the public imagination by terrifying residents:
New video footage of the Northampton Clown emerging from Abington Park lake has been recorded by the Chronicle & Echo. It is the first video footage that has been obtained of the Northampton Clown, whose identity still remains a mystery. In an exclusive interview with the Chronicle & Echo last week, The Northampton Clown, who wishes to remain anonymous, said that he was planning to continue making appearances in the town. The clown said he wanted people to see it as a bit of “harmless fun”. The Northampton Clown said he had received more than 1,000 death threats sent to the message inbox of his Facebook page.
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Residents Of U.K. City Spooked By Creepy Clown Lurking Outside Homes

clownThis is why you can’t go outside anymore these days. Via the Herald Sun:

A clown – with red wig and full make-up and sometimes holding balloons – is freaking out residents of one English town.

He is red-haired and white faced and has surfaced several locations across Northampton, a town of 215,000, over the past few days since his first appearance on Friday the 13th.

The Northampton Clown – which has exploded on social media in the UK – has even sparked a police warning. Police said they were looking to track two teenagers who were caught dressed as clowns, and had been caught acting in a peculiar fashion.

A woman alleged that the clown had knocked on her door in full clown attire before then offering to paint her window sills.

Many have been left feeling frightened by the clown. As reported: “He doesn’t juggle. He doesn’t twist balloons into animal shapes.

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The Day The Clown Cried

001the_sad_clownAn overview of the function of clown archetypes over at Modern Mythologyincluding new leaked scenes from Lewis’ infamously ill-conceived “unreleased” movie, The Day The Clown Cried.

The Day the Clown Cried is an unreleased 1972 film directed by and starring Jerry Lewis. The film was met with controversy regarding its premise and content, which features a circus clown who is imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp. The Day the Clown Cried has become somewhat infamous among film historians and movie buffs as a film that has never officially been released. (See above for recently leaked scenes.)

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This Is My Nightmare: 700 Clowns Laughing Together Set Record (Video)

This is not OK, and it never will be. The horror. The horror. Via Fox TV DC:
About 700 clowns attended the Fifteenth International Clown Convention in Mexico City last Wednesday, where attendees set a new record. After laughing for 15 minutes, the clowns could not break the "laughing world record" but were able to break the national record in Mexico. Clowns from the United States, Peru, Guatemala, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua and other countries attended three days of meetings, which began on 18 October, participating in conferences, exhibitions and make up competitions.
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