Monday, July 11, 2011

Susan Henderson: 4th of July Parade Committee Saved Sierra Madre From Riots, Rampaging 9,000 Pound Elephant

Just when you thought the story of Tai the Elephant had run its course and we'd have to return to writing about such mundane topics as tomorrow evening's City Council meeting, along comes Lawyer Henderson and her Looney Views News to breathe new life into a fading controversy.

Now as is usually the case with Susan Harriett Poole Henderson Carter (etc.), there are some rather yawning gaps in the logic flow. Like how exactly can it be said that the 4th of July Parade Committee saved this city from the danger associated with an elephant it had spent $5,000 in somebody's money to bring here? How could Susan claim that they rescued us from something that they were responsible for making happen in the first place?

But you see? There I go again. My hang ups with rationality and reason are once again getting in the way of a perfectly good attempt to spin responsibility away from her friends, and then upon what she feels are the real culprits in this case: hippy protesters.

It has been a long time since hippies were the all purpose scapegoat for things gone wrong in Sierra Madre. But Susan, a child of the Age of Aquarius herself, has gone and brought back something that only those long enough in the tooth can properly remember. The hirsute scourge of free loving, pot smoking, rioting, elephant scaring hippies.

Here is how Susan Harriet (etc.) broke the news to a horrified Sierra Madre:

Despite what appeared outwardly to be a perfectly orchestrated event, the committee had to react quickly the day before the parade in order to protect the best interests of the public. Originally, plans were made to have a trained elephant participate in the parade for the children. However, at the ninth hour (as opposed to the eleventh hour, I suppose - ed.), when it was learned that animal rights protestors might disrupt the parade, the live elephant was substituted with a giant inflatable dinosaur. The decision was made out of concern for public safety, as an elephant might react to the kind of activity that protests sometimes bring.

I guess there are worse things for her to blame these things on. Susan could have gone the Terry Miller route and blamed it all on a race track.

Susan's portrayal of the 4th of July Parade Committee as last minute heroes kind of reminds me of the story about an arsonist who, after lighting a movie theatre on fire, then claims to have saved the lives of all the patrons because it was he who called the fire department. Or the guy who states that he has taken a principled stand against wife beating because he has stopped beating his wife.

Merely ending irresponsible behavior doesn't actually make you a hero, does it? Could you be hailed as a hero of law and order just because you've ended your, say, shoplifting habit?

But again, there we go with that logic thing. At a time in human history when putting elephants into parades (particularly an elephant belonging to an operation widely condemned for its use of beatings and electric power cables to control these immense beasts) has become the cause of strong concern throughout the civilized world, doesn't the 4th of July Committee have at least some moral responsibility here? Can it really be that they were completely ignorant about the can of worms they were opening here? And even so, is that really an excuse?

And are we, as residents, no longer permitted to note that the concern many expressed last week was due to the cruel treatment these beasts often receive, in this case at the hands of the exact same people the 4JPC gave their $5,000? That along with the horrifying fact that this 9,000 pound elephant was to be placed right next in line to parading nursery school children?

No wonder Susan Henderson is dragging out her absurd hippy scenario. It must seem a lot better to her than having to write about how her Mayberry socialite friends are grossly irresponsible and unsophisticated rubes.

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90 comments:

  1. How dare she.
    The danger does not come from the brutal methods employed by the people who break elephants for the purposes of entertainment, but by the animal rights advocates.
    That is some weird, twisted thinking, even for a con.

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  2. That paragraph in italics doesn't even make grammatical sense, is that an exact copy/paste?

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  3. Maybe the abusers at Have Trunk Will Travel promised to take out an ad in Henderson's paper.

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  4. This is getting really old. We have a SF political reject and an east coaster who took political science 101 come into our fine city. They tell us how wonderful the town is and we believe them. We disregard their personal lives and take them for what they say they are. They smile and get involved saying that they want to help preserve our community and what happens? They see where the money is and hob nob with those who want to build the city up. The end results is a news paper that prints lies to protect the geese that are laying the golden eggs and a council man that ignores the truth at every turn. It is becoming ever so important to educate the innocent home owner to the facts of what is destroying this town. Excuse me for going on like this but it really gets old hearing one lie after another. Henderson and Mosca are showing us how dirty they can get. Henderson cant print the truth and Mosca protecting little Bossypants. Go Figure.

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  5. Hilarious Henderson is making up stories again.

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  6. We are so lucky to live in a community where the local media in collusion with the City Council (minus its one sane council member), the City Manager, her Department Heads, and the Prom Committee, which includes the former Mayor's spouse, are committed to our safety and well being.

    Susan HSPHC rarely writes about the village on her front page unless she's been given a press release. I'm guessing what we're seeing is a rewritten statement prepared for the Mayor and City Manager on the occasion of their face to face interviews with the press last Sunday and Monday.

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  7. Those bad activist hippies trying to ruin a children's parade!

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  8. How does one rent an inflatable dinosaur at the last minute?

    Someone connected to this is in the entertainment industry.

    The city violated their own rule #6 for parade entries, no animals except dogs on leashes.

    You would think, since they finally honored John Shear as hometown hero who nearly lost his life in a setting with a long history of animals in close proximity to the public that cannot ever be said to be in absolute control, that the idea of having a large animal walking down the street with only one handler (how is a bull hook camoflaged for decorative purposes or are the children supposed to not recognize this instrument of torture?) would not have SOME potential for danger.

    and there was the single rider on a horse and his two pack animals--not a local wrangler as far as I could tell--the outfit straight out of central casting--so three hoofed animals in a parade.

    Rule #6 violated by its own 4th of July Committee and then they are the heros according to Ms. Henderson, non-journalist extraordinaire!

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  9. If you were in the parade or anywhere near the end you witnessed the massive clog up at the end--good grief.

    How did they think they were going to get the elephant carrier (what is that like, can you post a photo of the trailer an elephant is hauled in) from the start to the end.

    And Just imagine the maneuvering of the elephant in place at the beginning. The golf cart parade crew was in freak mode trying to get it all together and locate some autos from the old car entry to fill in up front where some cars for dignitaries had overheated or not shown up or something.

    And then there were folks, kids, parents looking for their group and wandering about in the 9 a.m heat.

    "Oh, look at the elephant, don't get too close with your tricycle ..."

    Stop, start, stop, start. Folks cheering from the sidewalk, waving flags, sun reflections from the store windows... my what a nice place for an elephant...such environmental control...good distance placement from the distractions...what distractions? Oh, yes those pesky animal rights people that the 4JPC committee protected us from.

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  10. Chief Black KettleJuly 11, 2011 at 6:53 AM

    Throughout the history of mankind, man's writings dealing with the arrival of strangers into the established community have said things like, "enter the city with bliss bestowing hands" from the Chinese Book of Changes. So it is no wonder the arrival of newcomers like Joe Mosca and Harriet Poole would make them logically cleave toward the centers of power and protection. Those being the inner circle of politicos and socialites that we now have come to know as the Downtown Investors Club. At first the two aforementioned newcomers through their fortunes in the disenfranchised of Sierra Madre because those people had more critical things to say about the community only to change their direction and side with the roots of power. Naturally those of us who are the disenfranchised were agog at this reversal but in being flip-floppers they are they will pay for their sins by once again becoming outsiders.

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  11. Perhaps we should take up a collection for the Poole to pay for her moving expenses out of town. Just for laughs, like so much of the money given by Sierra Madreans to Poole we could call it a loan. It would be yet another one she will never pay back.

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  12. Who finances Harriet Susan Carpenter Poole Henderson's "paper"?
    Is Harriet still writing bad checks?
    Has she ever paid her debt (mandated by the Court) to the woman she cheated out of money, her trust and her newspaper, Katina Dunn?

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  13. Has Susan Henderson ever paid back anyone, ever?
    She paid back her former friends with betrayal.
    She is a cheating crook who should be run out of town.

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  14. Doesn't Susan {Harriet Poole}Henderson (grifter extrodinaire) STILL owe her housekeeper from 3 years ago?

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  15. The Prom Committee is going to blame others for things that they did themselves? And then proclaim themselves heroes? Obviously they have been studying Joe Mosca's credit confiscation techniques.

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  16. 6:06 AM. you are not PC "Politically Correct". When introduced to Henderson's and Mosca's spouses they introduced them as my partner. You don't want to be the topic of a homophobic article by Terry Miller oh, your ok because this is not an election year. Never mind.

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  17. The cancer needs to be cut out. It starts and ends with the Troll and Elaine Agu-liar.
    The only way to bring change or back to where our fair city started before the different forms of cancer arrived and took hold is to remove the source of the cancer.
    Please, Elaine do us a favor, leave. The rumor has it that you are leaving, just please leave, Now and take the carpet bagger with you. We have been blessed with Sandy leaving. But, we are still in the position to be continually to rip off by her firm, but at least her poor advice is no longer voiced.
    Agu-liar is running our town into the ground. She wants a raise before she leaves so that her new employer “CoG” will match her pay.
    It is hard for Agu-lair to sleep at night, thank God for sleeping medication.

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  18. Hey, Bucky, Cool Friends!July 11, 2011 at 8:27 AM

    Only a shameless fool like Buchanan could claim to GOVERN while supporting a liar like Harriet.

    Why are our tax dollars still supporting a liar, a cheat, and a thief?

    I don't think Buchanan can make the "HARD DECISIONS" he drones on about.

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  19. Just wondering if Henderson makes her money from the so-called writers for the Looney Views News. She probably makes them pay her for the privilege of seeing their drivel in print.

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  20. Getting printed in the Mtn Views News is a great way to get your writing and ideas out before dozens of readers. By giving her writers the space to do so for free Susan is doing them a great favor.

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  21. Susan is the spin master’s puppet. She does not have a thought process that allows her to think freely. Everything is pre-approved by the City Manager and or the Troll. Susan is the voice of Elaine’s damage control.
    The City of Sierra Madre’s Administration is messed up. A full service City for the benefit of the employees, in particular, the city manager and the different department heads. The majority of which are not even qualified for their position that they hold. Pathetic.
    With the situation of our economy, I feel like it is just after our country’s civil war and Sierra Madre is the South, where all the carpet baggers from the north took advantage of the people.
    Until the citizens of Sierra Madre take back our village, we will be victimized by the likes of Elaine Agu-lair, the Troll and the Gang of Fools.
    The word of the day is, Pathetic.

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  22. I for one would like to thank the 4th of July Parade Committee for saving us from the elephant they spent $5,000 to bring here by not bringing it here. This was an extraordinary act of bravery on their part, and we all owe them a debt of gratitude.

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  23. In a quick on the sidewalk chat over the weekend I was able to identify seven neighbors who belonged to PETA... not happy over the Mayor's on-camera smear of the organization.

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  24. Sierra Madre Weekly UpdateJuly 11, 2011 at 10:06 AM

    City Staff in a report to the Council has determined that the party responsible for attempting to get an elephant into the parade was none other than John "Rajah" Crawford, who in a ninth hour last ditch effort for notoriety tried to roll out the entire eleven yards and ride on an elephant at the head of the parade, hoping to upstage the duly appointed grand marshall. This man is incorprehensible.

    -SHPCLLC

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  25. Among his followers he is known as The Mahout. And riding at the head of his people on an elephant the fulfillment of prophecy.

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  26. Boycott City of Sierra Madre sponsored business events. Support Taylors, boycott want-a-be Farmers market. Our voices need to be heard. Do Not support the July 4th event, until the candy and the water is returned. We need to bring back the fun. Support voluntarism, fire the City manager. Together, we can take back our village and bring back our way of life.

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  27. It amazes me that a suffering animal is of such little note to Henderson and the Fourth of July Committee.
    Whatever they do, it won't involve a recognition of that suffering, or an apology for contributing towards it.

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  28. 10:23 am, I would prompt that all the members of the Prom Committee are volunteers... Perhaps you want to be more specific when referring to volunteers.

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  29. Don't forget on Wednesday: go to Taylors and buy your produce for the week, then stop by Taco Fiesta or Casa Del Rey for your Tamales for dinner. Plan on going out to dinner on Friday August 13 and 27 at your favorite Sierra Madre Restaurant when the food trucks are here to take business away from locals. Boycott business events like the farmer's market and the food trucks, give your business to our locals.

    Going for lunch to the new Wistaria Grill on Thursday, I hear it has great food and great service.

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  30. 10:30 - all they care about are themselves. The elephant was hired to make them look good. And when the whole thing blew up in their faces they needed someone to blame so they could cover their butts. In this case the people to be blamed are those who were concerned about the welfare of the elephant.

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  31. 10:36

    No that would be the Selective Secret Hidden agenda people. The July 4th committee is just an extension of the Gang of Jokers plus a Bimbo. Voluntarism is to help for the sake of helping, giving back to the community, with nothing in return. Not a hidden agenda for the benefit of the chosen few, including the “So-called” volunteers. It is the “Good-old –boys club”, with a Troll in charge and a Lair for the City Manager as the mouth piece.

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  32. support Sierra Madre businessesJuly 11, 2011 at 11:02 AM

    10:43, absolutely yes to Taylors. I am very grateful to them they way the stepped up when Howies went kaput. But don't be surprised if there's a pretty good senior turnout for Joe and Johns Kumbaya Feel Good Community Market. After all, the corporation running it is giving away $20 certificates to low income seniors. Marketing the market.

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  33. That quote from Henderson show such great ignorance."The best interests of the public" ?The public is best served by shutting down a rogue business like Have Trunk.The public is best served by adopting an intolerance of animal abuse.

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  34. When PETA organizes a protest, they do it as thoroughly and as carefully as they do everything else. When protestors are called they are thoroughly briefed on the condition of the animal or animals that they are trying to help, and given comprehensive instructions on what should and should not be done. The animal or animals are always foremost in their thinking and their activities. The people who so blindly hired a company under scrutiny for blatant cruelty to the animals they own are the ones who put the elephant Tai, and those around her, in danger.

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  35. This is a great example of the culture of deceit that has flourished in Sierra Madre government for that last couple of decades, with some brief interruptions - a 2 year period when the majority on the council were people known for their honesty and integrity.

    Bart Doyle ushered in the habit of civic leaders lying, getting caught, then ignoring and/or denying the lies, and sailing on.

    Of course the people responsible spoon fed the local media this drivel, and of course they will never admit that they made a mistake and then hustled to cover it up.

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  36. Simone de Beuvoir (1908-1966)

    "Defending the truth is not something one does out of a sense of duty or to ally guilt complexes, but is a reward in itself."

    Susan must be pitied. She is not a journalist and believes her own lies. She is not a scholar but a weak puppet who knows she is dying a slow pathetic death. Her jumbled words reveal her grappling pain.

    Ignore her. Cheap negative thrills and sensationalism is what governs her and those who think they govern Sierra Madre.

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  37. 11:02, you're right and that means that the produce will be twice as high for the rest of the citizens so the vendors can make up for their loss. Discrimination works both ways and since this is a city event, they should not discriminate with their freebees. How about the average Joe who can't afford the market prices? Shouldn't they get $20 too?

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  38. The Special People Government is never wrong.

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  39. 11:23 Thank you for your thoughtful post.

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  40. Still learning grammar, syntax, and basic English skills, Cub reporter Poole wanders in and out of fact to fiction. (her speciality)

    She neglects to mention the elephant fiasco was hatched in "secret" known to the Spiro Foundation, City Mgr Aguilar, some Council Members, the 4th Committee, and one "whistle blower".

    On Sat July 3rd the news about the secret started to leak out and the elephant story got legs. Prople got involved enlisting support and information about the "Have Trunk Will Travel" firm hired to produce the elephant.

    The news about what was planned went "south" from then on. Late Sunday the one Council Member MaryAnn MacGillivray left out of the plan requested and met with Aguilar detailing the efforts of PETA, many area Citizens, local TV, Radio, and National TV like CNN poised to become uninvited participants in the Sirra Madre 4th of July Parade. Sensing the fortunes of our City and a couple of Council Members futures were about to go down the toilet, it seemed prudent to cancel the elephant which was done.

    For Cub Reporter Poole to imply the elephant was cancelled for "public safety" indiacates a mad scramble for some reason to damage control the obvious incompetancy and corrupption, ($5,000) to be paid to a foundation where two officiers also worked for the City.

    You wonder why our City Manager, Attorney, and Council still think the residents of Sierra Madre are too dumb to understand what is going on. Leave it to Cub Reporter Poole to facilitate that belief.

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  41. Sir Eric:
    Thank you for posting this rag. Sadly she will not go away and none of those who think they are important and powerful will leave since they believe they are important.

    Free speech protects her right to print, but luckily there are institutions that teach reading and critical thinking.

    Comedy Central would shred the C4 and her to pieces and it really would be fun!

    Hopefully, you are writing the cuckoo script. It would sell! And, everyone would say how creative you are never knowing that these CRAZY people really exist!!

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  42. Citizen on a budgetJuly 11, 2011 at 11:50 AM

    11:02
    What about picketing them for disrupting our business here.

    They are upsetting the profits made at Taylors and Albertson's.

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  43. Citizen on a budget, then Henderson will write you up as frightening the vegetables.

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  44. Don't worry, they are all Democrats, so everything they say is true........

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  45. What really is disturbing about THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM, which the prom committee and the G4 created on their own is.....

    The elephant was going to be used as a surprise, because a few people thought (they think that they are capable of making sound decisions),it would be very coool....

    Then when the real truth was presented, and protest letters were written and an animal right's organization PETA stepped in none of them were humble enough to say, "ya know, I am sorry, I did not think this through and never realized I made a huge mistake and I apologize."

    Nope. Not a word of sympathy for an animal not a explanation of how MaryAnn MacGillivary got left out of the secret. Even worse, these are the people in 2011 who are leaders and children look up to leaders as people who, take their jobs seriously for the people they represent,work for the common good, respect everyone's rights, especially animals!!!!!

    Remember Joe Mosca got a rent-a-dog to take his political photo because he knew it would subconsciously appeal to the good family values of the votes he was seeking and did receive.

    Susan knows deep inside that PETA is bigger than she is and the downfall of the CC is about to happen.

    Last summer it was the water protest and a few citizens. This summer it is a big protest with a national organization supporting the same group of citizens, who continue their fight.

    YOU brought the elephant into the parade, and then never took responsibility for being ignorant.

    There isn't much more to fib about. Strike three and you are all out.

    Our "cannot speak English" Mayor will not be able to speak to this at all on Tuesday night. We will all yawn. They owe MacGillivary and the the Elephant a huge apology. And, they need to fire the Prom Committee for incompetence.

    None of it will happen. Too ethical.

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  46. Hey, 8:58--I would think that to qualify as a 'full service city' the city should have a competent City Manager.

    She is the one in charge for all that it is worth. No more need be said.

    If she says she did not know of the violation of rule #6 in not one but two instances, then she is derelict of her duties.

    Oopsie!

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  47. Is it true that Crawford makes the Tattler editorial staff refer to him as Sahib?

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  48. The Prom Committee is a subsidiary of Bosca Incorporated. It's purpose is to glorify Bosca products while marginalizing their competition. As a marketing concern I would say that TPC failed miserably this year, achieving none of it's stated objectives. Rather it has actually diminished the Bosca brand. Internal meetings are taking place at Bosca Corporate to address these issues. No word on any changes to the cast as of this typing.

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  49. Why is Henderson allowed to continue to take our tax dollars and unsuspecting contributors money?
    Because it takes money to go after her in court.
    I love my country and all, and think justice is much more available here than many other places, but still, it's got a steep price tag.

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  50. 1:24, I thought they'd call him Raj John, RJ for short.

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  51. The Mahout. Elephant Master.

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  52. 1:30, let's not insult the elephants.
    They should rightfully be their own masters.

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  53. The Mahout has begged to inform us that the relationship is one of interspecies equality and cooperation.

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  54. It will be some time, perhaps decades, before Sierra Madre's 4th of July Committee lives down the debacle of Tai the elephant and the part PETA played in facing down the Special People behind the curtain separating them from the rest of the residents. We may never get invited to their soirees again. They'll become more closeted, focusing on agendas that have little to do with the reality that is a middle class residential community intent on preserving its slow growth way of life.

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  55. While viewing the parade, I thought I saw a toy elephant attached to the horn of the dinosaur. So did the elephant make it into the parade after all?

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  56. Nice dream 1:38.
    I know how humans benefit from elephants, but am not so sure about any reciprocity.
    How is it that elephants benefit from humans?

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  57. I have pics of the elephant on said dinosaur's horn. I would be happy to send a copy to the mod if he is interested.

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  58. I wonder what that was supposed to mean.

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  59. It was a wink and a nod, and a lighten up to the people who were upset that a company like Have Trunk Will Travel is allowed to torture animals with impunity.

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  60. If you enlarge the photo of the dinosaur that appears on the Sierramadreweekly.com's site, there is a teeny tiny stuffed toy elephant attached to the horn.

    I know. I was very curious that someone would advertise that they had photos of what sounded like interspecies, well you know... and that the Tattler might want them... shades of some other blog of years past.

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  61. If you could send those pictures that would be great.

    sierramadretattler@gmail.com

    Thanks!

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  62. Kathy Childs was wearing an elephant button. Maybe it was some kind of a gang sign.

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  63. If any of the people who made that incredibly bad decision were wearing elephant buttons, the picture better have been one from the released videos from Animal Defenders, featuring the "training" of a baby elephant.

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  64. The Fourth of July Committee practices willful blindness when it comes to bullhooks and electric prods.

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  65. Kathy Childs will forever be known as "The Elephant Woman of Sierra Madre", we may be able to put her in a booth and sell tickets "to gaze upon the eyes without ethics" if the Wisteria festival doesn't get washed out again this year.

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  66. But 4:05, elephants are known for their superb memories.
    How about characterizing the gang that didn't understand they were sponsoring animal cruelty as the Oblivious Ones?

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  67. Elephants don't frequent bars. Which means they are able to maintain their reputation for fine memories. Not sure that other party can make the same claims. At least not convincingly.

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  68. The dirty hippie was right !!!

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  69. The Sierra Madre's new town down "L" the elephant lady of Sierra Madre. Go Kathy Go. But please go away, Washington is good any time a year!

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  70. Susan Henderson and the 4th of July Parade Committee. Keeping Sierra Madre safe from the 1970s since 2011.

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  71. Tattler, in the first paragraph of this yet another fine article, you identify Susan Henderson as "Lawyer Henderson."
    She stopped that fast and loose use of self aggrandizement a while back.
    Someone must have clued her into the potentially serious consequences of representing herself as a lawyer when she is not.

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  72. Too bad there aren't similarly bad consequences for falsely representing yourself as a newspaper reporter.

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  73. 12:02

    Remember: Jerry Brown is the democrat who kept Them from building.

    There are some rethugs that embarrass real Republicans.

    Try not to stereotype please....
    Not so sure They are true anybody's.

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  74. The only Republican who stood up to redevelopment and eminent domain was Chris Norby. Go figure.

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  75. New Level of Passive-AggressivenessJuly 11, 2011 at 5:50 PM

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  76. Henderson would report that a bank robber showed good judgement in only carrying in a handgun instead of a AK-47 therefore should be applauded.


    What a bona fide nutcase.

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  77. "we never said ..." you mean Terry is making it sound like the whole staff at Beacon Media was in on that? Interesting.

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  78. The weeklies in this town are brain dead.

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  79. New Level of Passive AgressiveJuly 11, 2011 at 6:20 PM

    Check this one out! Terry Miller posted a comment at the end of the "Triceratops Steals the Show..."

    Posted by Terry Miller on Jul 4th, 2011 and filed under Featured. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response by filling following comment form or trackback to this entry from your site
    1 Response for “Sierra Madre July 4 Parade – Triceratops Steals the Show”

    Terry Miller says:
    "July 10, 2011 at 3:43 pm We never said such a thing. PETA was quoted. Simple. End of story!"

    What a little b***h! Tell him that my 6 year old is looking for her pink ruffled panties! She wants them back Terry!

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  80. Mem-Sahib ModetteJuly 11, 2011 at 6:23 PM

    Sahib is on the road; I've fixed the post. We understand the urge to laugh unrestrainedly.

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  81. let me see if I can follow Henderson's logic

    .........pause....hmmmmmm....

    nope

    no logic whatsoever in what she writes

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  82. so, the elephant could handle waving flags, a kazoo band, drums, kids on tricycles, souped up cars, etc

    but it would react violently to PETA protesters with signs?

    sure Susan the Embellzer Henderson, we belive you just like we believe your resume'

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  83. Looks like Von forgot to change the password on the Sierra Madre Weekly website.

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  84. Mr. Miller is a revisionist.

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  85. Revisionist is too nice a word. I think the term "mood swing media" is far more accurate.

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  86. I just copied and pasted the photo caption from the Sierra Madre Weekly: "This creature with a baby elephant subtly placed was a hit - Photo by Terry Miller"
    with the article, entitled "Triceratops Steals The Show"
    Let's ask the question: how can he be so sure unless he was along every inch of the street, listening to every crowd response. So, he is editorializing not reporting. He "wants" it to be the big hit as he is hooked up with this fiasco.

    I am not surprised that this group thinks it both funny and cleaver to rub the oppositions nose in the "subtly placed" stuffed toy elephant on the body of the triceratops (if it is on one of the boney neck protection protuberances they don't understand even the basics of dinosaur physiology).

    It seems that they think it cute to impale the toy elephant. In total keeping with their crase indifference to animal welfare in general and elephant suffering in particular at the hands Have Trunk Will Travel.

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  87. Susan Henderson: 4th of July Parade Committee Saved Sierra Madre From Riots, Rampaging 9,000 Pound ElephantJuly 11, 2011 at 8:11 PM

    The headline is priceless

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  88. If Miller wants to be technical about his article in saying he is giving PETA's view, lets review. In the print copy (which obviously can't be revised) Miller writes, PETA is very ANTI horse racing.

    new paragraph

    Now how are you going (sec) spin this, Mr. Crawford?

    new paragraph

    (no quotes here at the start of the following paragraph, nor does he attribute the next two or three columns to PETA, which leads one to believe that Miller himself is expressing his own opinion.)

    The paragraph starts, The Horseracing Industry: Drugs, Deception and Death (no period)They weigh at least 1,000 pounds, they have legs that are supported by ankles the size of a human's. . . . etc.

    Now, why would one even think that this was the opinion of PETA and not Miller, since he attributes the column as an OPINION BY TERRY MILLER.

    End of story. Lets go on now to the real issue now at hand, the City Council Meeting. The roach coaches permit which will be rubber stamped by the Council and another curious item, a puppy mill ordinance. Now, I thoroughly agree that we should protect our animals and should be watchful of puppy mills, however we do not have a pet store, we have no breeders, we do not have a problem. Why are we spending staff time on this so called problem when staff already pleads not having enough time to take care of important items such as development, general plan, budget planning, etc.? I guarantee you there will be lots of discussion, hand wringing, and time consumed Tuesday night to finally have Elaine bring back an ordinance. This is just to divert our attention to the more important things going on in our city.

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  89. A puppy mill ordinance? So stamping their little feet and putting a stuffed elephant on the inflatable wasn't enough to vent their anger and disdain? They want to say "Up Yours" pretty badly I guess.

    So now they think that passing a puppy law proves once and for all that they love animals and would never endorse abuse. (Unless they could get away with the abuse in an attempt to publicly mock and screw their political opponents, but good. Doggone it! Almost worked, too! Too bad so many people in town can read. And think. And type.)

    However, I'm not falling for their cynical and transparent puppy ploy. Because the puppy law proves, without a doubt, that our city officials definitely hate cats. Puppy laws don't protect cats. These folks couldn't care less about kitty mills. Cute, fluffy, sweet little kittens that never hurt a soul! And these heartless disgusting politicos just could not care less.

    In fact, we can conclude that 4 out of 5 members of the Sierra Madre City Council not only hate cats, but also hate bunnies, hamsters, ferrets and gerbils. Not to mention, of course, elephants.

    Not to mention elephants at all. That's the plan. Heh heh. ;)

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  90. It's a walk and talk thingJuly 11, 2011 at 10:48 PM

    Everyone says they "love animals," but love requires responsibility.

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