Lion of the Blogosphere

Greenville, South Carolina, terrorized by evil clowns

For real.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

September 3, 2016 at 8:42 am

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  1. Just trolling the news media. Probably Otis the Sketchy

    Lion of the Turambar

    September 3, 2016 at 10:06 am

  2. Creepy clown sightings have been going on for a couple of years. All over the US and other countries as well. If they keep it up one of them is going to get smoked.


    September 3, 2016 at 10:16 am

  3. Low on my list of concerns. But hey speaking of clowns, here’s some work by John Wayne Gacy:


    September 3, 2016 at 11:33 am

    • Odd that he didn’t where the obligatory big red clown nose.

      K.l. Asher

      September 5, 2016 at 3:34 pm

  4. I’m thinking about great TV shows, inspired by Lion talking about Gay of Thrones.

    One thing to keep in mind is that a show like the Soprano’s would not be considered as good today as it was back then. When it came out it was revolutionary. It was still one of the greatest shows of all time. I’ll try to rank the best shows ever in order (no non premium channel shows as they are all trash compared to what the premium channels have):

    1. Carnivale: You could make a case for a lot of shows, but this was probably the best show I’ve ever seen. Had it lasted a third season it may have started to fall off, though.

    2. Deadwood: Just pure awesomeness.

    3. The Wire: Not as good as SWPL’s said, but great nonetheless

    4. Brotherhood: Kind of a combo of The Wire and the Sopranos. Great show that flew under the radar. Only 3 seasons but finished strong.

    5. The Sopranos: Still a great show, just not the greatest show ever

    6. Game of Thrones: This one is hard to rank because it was simply phenomenal for the first 2 seasons before becoming weak and played out.

    7. Six Feet Under: A great character drama but not necessarily for everybody. Takes a little bit of effort to get into. Stayed strong for all 6 seasons and had the best series finale and final scene of any show I’ve ever watched.

    I loved ‘Oz’ at the time, but I was a 16 year old kid. It seems pretty weak to me now, looking back at it. Very unrealistic.

    Otis the Sweaty

    September 3, 2016 at 1:16 pm

    • “Six Feet Under”

      Too much gay stuff.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      September 3, 2016 at 4:21 pm

      • Gays exist, Lion. You can’t hide from them. I personally have less a problem with seeing two men kiss than seeing someone’s guts torn out, which is the way more common thing on TV these days.


        September 4, 2016 at 5:58 pm

    • I just finished the classic 1970s I Claudius BBC miniseries, and it’s one of the all time greats (inspired The Sopranos too). The commentary on human nature is timeless.


      September 3, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    • Apparently, you aren’t the kind of guy who likes a good ensemble comedy. I just tried watching Sopranos for the first time and stopped half-way through the first episode. Too boring. That goes for virtually any police procedural, never liked them likely never will. Give me Party Down, Peep Show, Just Call Saul, Breaking Bad, even Its Always Sunny in Philadelphia any day. Also, I like that old shows on Hulu show healthy relationships between men and women. That Girl, starring Marlo Thomas when she was young, perky and cute and isn’t trying to hide her girlishness under a cover of feminist affect is fun to watch. The men know their place and so do the women. Things work.


      September 4, 2016 at 8:27 am

      • I detest comedy. Life is not a joke.

        Otis the Sweaty

        September 4, 2016 at 7:34 pm

      • The Sopranos, like a lot of great dramas, is very funny.


        September 6, 2016 at 9:41 pm

  5. Juggalo. GIYF.


    September 3, 2016 at 2:08 pm

    • There was an article in the NY Times about Juggalos. It was actually sort of respectful in that NY Times smarmy way. What’s all that about?


      September 3, 2016 at 8:27 pm

      • Damned if I know, but I’m down with the clown, and I’m down for life, yo.


        September 10, 2016 at 10:03 pm

    • Damn. You beat me to it.


      September 3, 2016 at 11:47 pm

  6. Even the TruCon vermin at CuckState now admit the race is tightening.

    Current position of anti Trump group re. the state of the race:

    1. The Rationals (Nate Silver, Sean Trende): They are taking it well. Admit that the race is tightening but believe Hil is still the favorite (this is my position as well). They think Trump is behind by around 4 points, which is close to what OPA has the race at.

    2. The TruCons: acknowledgment of reality with some pleasure over seeing the struggles of Crooked Hillary. Their smug anti Trumpness is mostly gone. They want a Hillary victory but while they are utter scum, they generally have an okay grasp on reality.

    3. The DKos liberal weirdos: Split reaction here. Some are already showing signs of panic and mental breakdown whereas some are responding by claiming the polls are rigged to show a closer race then their really is so the media can get more views. Also starting to see massive poll unskewing because they are statistical illiterates who don’t understand how polling works. Although in fairness, after seeing the way Trump supporters were reacting to polls a month ago, Trumpers are every bit as statistically illiterate as the left.

    4. The woke NeoGaffers: General obliviousness. For the most part they still expect a 5+ point Hillary win although some are finally showing some concern. They continue to mock Trump’s minority outreach relentlessly despite the fact that they know damn well the whole purpose of it is to appeal to middle class, suburban whites.

    Otis the Sweaty

    September 3, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    • Otis, take off that wig and clown costume and stop scaring people.


      September 3, 2016 at 10:24 pm

  7. I’m somewhat familiar with the area where this is currently happening, and I know it’s a predominantly black area. I’m not sure if that means anything important.

    But yeah, this clown stuff has bee going on for years all over the country.


    September 3, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    • I also highly doubt these are child molesters. Chimos usually just snatch kids off the street, they don’t try to draw attention to themselves. But creepy nonetheless.


      September 3, 2016 at 3:42 pm

    • Perhaps that’s they way one should dress to remain safe in the hood. They don’t seem to fuck with a clown to much

      K.l. Asher

      September 5, 2016 at 3:38 pm

  8. Judging by the article, the entire situation appears to be a combination of hysteria and/or hoax reports. Highly probable no actual clowns or persons dressed as clowns happened. Or at most one, which kicked off the hysteria.


    September 3, 2016 at 5:08 pm

    • Yeah it’s odd that these clowns are so slippery that they don’t get grabbed by the cops.

      Mike Street Station

      September 3, 2016 at 10:59 pm

    • “Judging by the article, the entire situation appears to be a combination of hysteria and/or hoax reports. Highly probable no actual clowns or persons dressed as clowns happened. Or at most one, which kicked off the hysteria.”

      Sounds like most reports of people wearing KKK hoods then. I guess the scariest person for a modern American to meet would be the ghost of KKK member with a clown face under the white hood. If you live in a black area perhaps you could tell the locals that such a person haunts the house you live in?

      prolier than thou

      September 3, 2016 at 11:00 pm

  9. OT: LA Times, 09/02/16 – Electricians, roofers and plumbers have their pick of jobs, and demand is expected to grow

    Construction companies…increasingly worry about finding enough skilled workers [at the low wages offered] …demand will grow for roofers, plumbers, electricians and concrete masons — the very positions in shortest supply…

    [wait for it…] One potential solution to the shortage is allowing more skilled migrants into the country or finding a way to legalize those who are already here…

    Oh well, plenty of work for these guys at least until the next recession.

    Yakov, what say you?

    E. Rekshun

    September 3, 2016 at 6:47 pm

    • I don’t know what Yakov says but most of the plumbers who work on my toilet speak Espanol. Most of the electricians I see working on public buildings are white men. Roofers? That I can’t tell you but most of the construction workers I now see working on the numerous projects in NYC are Spanish speaking.

      The collapse of the white working class is very apparent in NYC. I think in the rest of the country it’s even more stark.


      September 3, 2016 at 8:26 pm

      • The article explains it:

        “I don’t think there is a worker shortage as much as a shortage of exceptionally cheaper labor,” said Jay Hodges, who runs programs in western Missouri and Kansas for the Laborers-Employers Cooperation and Education Trust, which works with contractors and the Laborers’ International Union of North America to bid on projects. “There is a lot of work going on, and the guys are not stupid. What they’re finding is they can get more than $8 or $10 an hour to do the work.”


        September 4, 2016 at 11:19 am

      • I wish I had screenshot the comment but there was something in the NY Times comments on an article about Milwaukee that was very good.

        The commenter explained that he was a contractor in the Milwaukee area and knew the labor pool well. That a major corp. opened a welding program and that no one showed up, so they moved it to Texas, where there was overwhelming demand.



        September 4, 2016 at 3:50 pm


        What are they talking about? There us welding training in Milwaukee. Thus us just one school.


        September 4, 2016 at 5:54 pm

      • While working out in gym, I saw this:


        September 4, 2016 at 7:01 pm

      • Yakov,

        The man was referring to a specific advanced welding program which guaranteed jobs upon completion with a major company. I think they even paid the students to attend.


        September 4, 2016 at 10:27 pm

      • Interesting, so what was the reason? Just doesn’t make sense: there are welders, but nobody wants to go into an advanced program? We need to know what the whole story is. Anyway, one thing is clear that the shortage pertained to semi-slave labour at the rock bottom rates, so they were clamoring for importing more bodies. Incidentally, people still get paid $10 an hour doing construction in NYC. There is a tightening of the market, though. In a few months Trump is gonna put an end to this.


        September 4, 2016 at 10:57 pm

      • Yakov, I looked and looked for the comment and couldn’t find it. I have pretty much told you all that I remember. It was a major corporation. they opened a special program for a certain kind of advanced welding that had skills specific to the welding they needed to be done, and they just didn’t get enough response in Milwaukee. So they went to Texas. I will have to do more research because I can’t find the comment in the New York Times article. there were close to five hundred of them.

        Forgive the lack of initial caps, I am dictating this.


        September 7, 2016 at 8:08 am

    • Normally, a worker shortage results in an increase in wages that draws more people into the field. But immigration exacerbates worker shortage by keeping wages low.


      September 4, 2016 at 3:43 am

      • Why should this Corporation have raised wages, when they can go to a state like Texas, get willing workers to work for a lower wage? This has been going on since long before Trump and we’ll go on as long as the United States is an entity.


        September 7, 2016 at 8:10 am

  10. As luck would have it, I took my family on a day trip to Greenville today. We did not see any clowns, alas.

    Lion, in all seriousness I think you would like Greenville. Falls Park on the Reedy is a world-class urban park and a great place to spend a few hours. The downtown is bustling, they preserved a lot of old buildings and urban fabric, there are a number of decent restaurants there, and it’s got some of the same SWPL vibe as Asheville or Portland except without so many of the druggies and trustifarians. It’s pretty clean too. Don’t let the presence of evil clowns and/or Bob Jones University scare you away.

    (Speaking of BJU: a former coworker who graduated from there told me that you could get in big trouble for sneaking off campus to go see a rated PG movie.)


    September 3, 2016 at 7:14 pm

    • There are really SWPLs who would go a university with “Bob” in the title?


      September 3, 2016 at 10:14 pm

      • “Bob” sounds like a plumber’s name.

        E. Rekshun

        September 4, 2016 at 7:21 am

      • South Carolina does indeed have an income tax, maybe you’re thinking of Tennessee?


        September 5, 2016 at 7:46 am

      • zombiepaulkrugman –

        I was mistaken. South Carolina does have a state income tax. Tennessee does not, as you wrote. Regardless, I can’t imagine that gothamette wouldn’t find Greenville, South Carolina to be a much cheaper place to live than New York City.


        September 5, 2016 at 7:10 pm

    • Bob Jones University is a Christian fundamentalist university. It has been involved in media controversies over Christian fundamentalist stuff.

      The current Wikipedia page says “Bob Jones University (BJU) is a private non-denominational Protestant university in Greenville, South Carolina, United States, known for its conservative cultural and religious positions”, so my characterization of the school as “Christian fundamentalist” probably seems fair.

      I have also heard good things about Greenville from people who live there. Its strange that a college town, in a deep red part of the country, centered around a Christian fundamentalist university turns out to be not much different than college towns centered around more standard universities.


      September 4, 2016 at 9:30 am

      • Greenville is indeed a fundie nutjob type of place, but Greenville is not centered around it, as the city predates BJU by about a century. That school’s not the only one around either, you’ve got Furman a few miles away, Wofford in Spartanburg, and of course Clemson’s only maybe 20 miles away.


        September 4, 2016 at 3:24 pm

      • Fundie nutjob bad or fundie nutjob good? I’m researching places to move to, although I’ll prob’ly end up staying in NYC.


        September 4, 2016 at 7:46 pm

      • gothamette –

        I don’t live in Greeneville (or elsewhere in South Carolina) but am somewhat familiar with it. Have you ever lived in a place with a lot of religious low-church Protestants? They aren’t bad people, but it may not be easy for you to find a social niche among them. When they learn that you are new to town, they might ask if you’ve found a “church home.” Their social lives tend to revolve around their churches. If you tell the locals that you’re Jewish, most probably wouldn’t try to proselytize, but a few might. There is a small Jewish community in Greeneville, and the city had an Austrian-born Jewish mayor in the 1970’s so it’s hardly an anti-Semitic place. The economy of the region has been booming since BMW and various suppliers built plants several years ago, so you could probably find some kind of work even if it’s not what you’re used to. South Carolina has no state income tax, and you would find property prices and living expenses to be extremely cheap compared to New York.


        September 4, 2016 at 11:32 pm

      • I was just curious, I doubt I would do it. When I hate New York enough, I fantasize about how great it would be somewhere else, but that’s not really true.

        For example, the only other state that I know with the same depth as I know New York state is Arizona, and Arizona is full of small towns that have a stark divide between a few rich people and a bunch of sad drunks. They’re wonderful places to visit, but living in them is very depressing unless you’re rich — but then if you’re rich any place is great!


        September 7, 2016 at 8:25 am

      • Scottsdale is nice.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        September 7, 2016 at 8:43 pm

  11. I once turned down a job transfer to Greenville, SC. I’ve never been, but seems to show some conflicting data points: 30% black, 6% Hispanic, 60% White, 42% college grads, $207K median house price, $41K median household income, 20% poverty rate. gives Greenville a violent crime index of 70/100 (US average = 41). So, it’s got violent crime but less than my current city (10% black).

    E. Rekshun

    September 4, 2016 at 3:39 pm

    • Greenville and the other nearby cities (Spartanburg and Anderson) in upstate South Carolina are quite small. Much of the middle class lives outside the city limits in independent suburbs. In many places, the cities probably would have annexed similar towns, but for whatever reason that hasn’t happened in Greenville. Are the crime rates specific to the city of Greenville or do they include the entire MSA? If you were considering living there, what you’d really want to know is the crime rate in the suburb/neighborhood where you’re planing to rent or buy.


      September 4, 2016 at 11:49 pm

      • True. The crime rate I posted is for the City of Greenville. And you’re right it is small, just 63K. And, yes, there does seem to be many reasonably big-name employers in the city and in Greenville County.

        E. Rekshun

        September 5, 2016 at 4:55 am

  12. Is it just me, or does it seem rather odd that local law prohibits wearing masks in public?



    September 4, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    • New York State has an anti masking law. So does CA.


      September 4, 2016 at 6:06 pm

    • It’s a good law. People wearing masks stress out everyone else. There is no reason for it.


      September 4, 2016 at 7:08 pm

    • It’s prohibited in NYC for more than 3 persons together to be masked. In other words, you can’t go to a political demo wearing masks. Dunno about a mosque.


      September 4, 2016 at 7:54 pm

  13. Messed up the last comment, it should say that Bob Jones U, not Greenville, is a fundie nutjob type of place.


    September 4, 2016 at 5:01 pm

  14. The after dark scary clowning thing has affected a whole bunch of cities in recent years. In my opinion, it’s just one more manifestation of the increasing nihilism of our culture, particularly youth culture. People just do what they feel like these days, and get off on pushing the limits of social acceptability in increasingly deranged ways.


    September 4, 2016 at 6:03 pm

    • While most clowns are taking their 3-day weekend off for labor day…Bozoville, SC is the kind of place – then we also have BozoStan, another word for the USA, as opposed to Meriproleland.

      This creepy show coincided with America’s commencement of its prole culture in the 1960s.


      September 4, 2016 at 11:52 pm

      • I’ve missed you. Have you been on the streets in your costume scaring people?


        September 5, 2016 at 7:49 am

      • No, but your fellow tribesman and fitness expert, Richard Simmons decided to become a bobo schmuck with makeup. Why not? He used to work for Revlon, owned by another fellow tribesman, Ron Perelman. A Coincidence?


        September 6, 2016 at 1:34 pm

  15. gothamette

    September 4, 2016 at 10:26 pm

    • Rodham-Clinton is so incompetent that she LOST multiple electronic devices with confidential national security info on them. Or, Rodham-Clinton is so evil she STOLE multiple electronic devices with confidential national security info on them. Either way, she is unqualified to manage s McDonald’s, much less the executive branch of the Federal government, and should be brought up on serious charges.

      Every conservative reluctant to vote for Trump because he isn’t conservative should read the article Gothamette linked to, as there are still more examples of the Democrat nominee’s stupidity and/or crimes listed in it. She is far more sinister and vile than Trump, and the media and Hollywood and academia will fly cover for her, whatever she does.


      September 5, 2016 at 8:03 pm

      • Lion, when u come back from vacay write about this & Hillary’s health! Es muy importante!


        September 5, 2016 at 9:46 pm

      • I don’t have anything to add about Hillary’s health. I have no idea if there’s a coverup or if it’s just wishful thinking on the part of those who hate her.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        September 6, 2016 at 12:45 am

      • “Every conservative reluctant to vote for Trump because he isn’t conservative should read the article Gothamette linked to, as there are still more examples of the Democrat nominee’s stupidity and/or crimes listed in it. She is far more sinister and vile than Trump…”

        Nope it won’t work. I’m in a group with a lot of #nevertrump guys on Facebook. They want Hillary to win. The more corrupt and criminal she is, the better because to them it points to the failure of Trump to say the soothing words they want to hear about the constitution. The worse Hillary gets, the more they want her to win and defeat Trump.

        Mike Street Station

        September 6, 2016 at 10:25 am

  16. I would like to see Greenville enforce this “no concealment” law on the local burka/niqab wearing community…but it ain’t never gonna happen. When will this coulrophobic persecution end?!?!



    September 4, 2016 at 10:43 pm

  17. Your fans demand a review of the Alt Right tv show: Million Dollar Extreme Presents: World Peace

    Otis the Sweaty

    September 5, 2016 at 1:00 am


    In recent interviews, Devo’s co-founder and bass guitarist Gerald Casale had stated that the album was born out of critical reviews in which the band were alternately described as both “fascists” and “clowns.”[2] In response, the band decided to make an album that would answer the question, “what would an album by fascist clowns sound like?” [3]

    MEH 0910

    September 5, 2016 at 1:15 pm

  19. OT – Lawyer’s defense in criminal trial; I was a beta male.


    September 5, 2016 at 1:25 pm

  20. Hey, Yakov — on the friendships-thing. You wuz dissing America, Bro. I love America. And Alamo was the American Thermopylae (300). So the Alamo was very relevant. But you’re not Russian, you’re a member of my father’s family, so what I was saying about Russians didn’t include you; rather, since you seem to take Russian behavior and attitudes as your standard, I was suggesting that Anglo-American behavior and attitudes are a superior standard. Anyway, I had a smile on my face — couldn’t you see it? As for your suggestion that I seek psychiatric help — I don’t think there’s a psychiatric remedy for autistic irritability, but rest assured that I’m not inclined to punch people in the face — I just roar down at them from an elevation that averages about a foot higher than the upper curve of their skulls.


    September 5, 2016 at 3:33 pm

    • Speaking of blog-related psychiatric things … it’s odd how I don’t feel any need to imagine the people posting here as physical entities. It’s as though the pseudonyms I see on the screen are their two-dimensional bodies. But I think that this results in the feeling that these people have a status akin to that of semi-independent voices in my head, some sort of friendly, some sort of hostile. Of course we’re all involved in numerous very heated disputes with the imaginary people who live in our heads … Another thing about blog-visiting and -commenting … one visits sites looking for some sort of social-contact gratification, and it isn’t there. So one tends to increase the intensity, hoping to break through in a way that would yield this gratifying sense of having made contact. And it still isn’t there. I keep coming back to the computer … and sort of feel worse at the end of each session. It’s like doing a drug that you keep irrationally believing will get you high — but it only gets you low.


      September 5, 2016 at 7:39 pm

      • Very perceptive observations Garr. Problem is, I have learned stuff from the net in general and specifically from the commenters here. I’ve given up reading the true alt-right sites because it’s all Jew Jew Jew black black blackety black black….their obsession with anything white is laughable….gets kinda boring.


        September 6, 2016 at 9:04 am

      • You know, Gothamette, I’ve decided I like white people a lot. Their cheerleaders, not so much.


        September 10, 2016 at 10:05 pm

  21. Instead of prohibiting masks, some communities should enforce the “two-bagger” law, as in “she’s so ugly, she’s a two-bagger – one bag over her head and one over mine in case her’s falls off!”

    E. Rekshun

    September 5, 2016 at 5:22 pm

  22. Anybody remember the late 1980s National Lampoon “Evil Clown” comics? I loved those.


    September 5, 2016 at 5:26 pm

    • What about “Homey the Clown” from “In Living Color.” “Homey don’t play that!”

      E. Rekshun

      September 5, 2016 at 6:29 pm

      • Chappelle did a better job.


        September 5, 2016 at 9:21 pm

  23. Bringing in the social proof, including a Holocaust survivor general(!):


    September 6, 2016 at 7:54 am

  24. In many places, the cities probably would have annexed similar towns, but for whatever reason that hasn’t happened in Greenville.

    Southern Cities don’t just keep growing by annexation like NYC, by design. Southern conservatives prefer local control rather than “federalizing” everything and folding it up into one large, big-government minded municipality. It’s a great defense against liberalization of local government. Someone like Diblasio has great power because NYC has annexed so much and covers so much population under one municipal administration.

    In contrast, Charlotte has a metro population of around 3 million, but only 700K within city limits, while Atlanta has a metro population of nearly 6 million, but only 450K inhabitants in Atlanta proper. The conservatives running the mainly white suburban counties surrounding Atlanta aren’t under the thumb of the liberal Atlanta mayor in the same way that all NYC residents must put up with Diblasio going wild with the SJW agenda and passing laws mandating the recognition of 31 genders and such.

    You people are absolutely insane for suggesting a place like Greenville, SC to Lion as a place to live. No one like him who thinks that “all the white people want to live in NYC” is going to see Greenville as having even a single redeeming quality.

    Based on what I know about Greenville (drive through there 3-5 times per month) this clown thing has to be WAY overblown, considering the areas he’s supposed to be haunting. He (literally) would’ve been shot by now near these mostly-black apartment complexes. In fact, what the news isn’t mentioning is that several of these alleged “911 calls” about clown sightings actually stem from reports of gunshots first – some of the hood denizens are hearing the hysteria in the media and literally just firing off wildly into the treeline when they see some movement.


    September 6, 2016 at 8:46 am

    • Southern Cities don’t just keep growing by annexation like NYC, by design. Southern conservatives prefer local control rather than “federalizing” everything and folding it up into one large, big-government minded municipality.

      Yes, somewhat similar in FL. For example, Orlando pop. 271K, Orange County pop. 1.3mm; Miami pop. 441K, Miami-Dade County pop. 2.7mm. In fact, over the past thirty years, many sections of unincorporated counties have gone through the process to incorporate as a city. On the other hand, unincorporated areas sometimes seek to join an adjacent large city to get access to that City’s water/sewer service rather than depending on wells and septic systems.

      E. Rekshun

      September 6, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    • That’s the pattern I observed in the Southern city where I grew up, so it does make sense that the upstate South Carolina suburbs would resist being folded into Greenville.

      None of us was suggesting Greenville to Lion as a place to live. Gothamette asked about it, but she probably wouldn’t like it any more than Lion.


      September 10, 2016 at 2:11 pm

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