The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

Oh, well. The fed­eral gov­ern­ment cur­rently funds a clown school lo­cated in House Mi­nor­ity Leader Nancy Pelosi’s San Fran­cisco-based con­gres­sional district, re­ports Ter­ence P. Jef­frey, ex­ec­u­tive edi­tor of CNS News. The “Clown Con­ser­va­tory” is part of the non­profit Cir­cus Cen­ter and has re­ceived a $10,000 grant from the Na­tional En­dow­ment for the Arts. The grant lasts un­til the end of May. Mr. Jef­frey re­ports that the Clown Con­ser­va­tory de­scribes it­self as the na­tion’s only “pro­fes­sional train­ing pro­gram for clowns and phys­i­cal co­me­di­ans.” Ac­cord­ing to the NEA grants data­base, this fed­eral agency has given the Cir­cus Cen­ter $65,000 since 2005, a fig­ure that in­cludes the cur­rent $10,000 grant.

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