I have heard it said that the reason Susan writes at the simplistic level she does is because that is where her readership lives. Politically clueless and only casually educated, these are the kinds of folks that accept what they read in the Looney Views News mostly because it is in print. After all, if it wasn't true an adjudicated newspaper such as hers wouldn't have printed it, right? And Susan, diabolical schemer that she is, manipulates these gullible people as a service to those who help pay her bills and allow her to live the well-leisured lifestyle she does. Or so the theory goes.
But perhaps the actual reason for this lamentable situation is something quite different. Could it be that Susan Henderson actually operates at about the same level of sophistication as her simple-minded readership? And that the reason she writes the kinds of things she does is because it is all she's capable of understanding?
Susan, who has often falsely claimed that she possesses advanced academic credentials despite never having gone to the trouble of actually earning them (see a disturbing San Francisco Chronicle article on the topic here), is actually very sensitive about her lack of education. And for this reason has constructed elaborate tales designed to disguise the fact that she is apparently only a high school graduate.
Which is nothing to be ashamed of, and you can only wonder why Susan has attempted to hide this fact for decades. To the point where it even cost her the #2 job in the California State Democratic Party. A disgrace that haunts her to this very day.
At last week's City Council meeting the General Plan Update Steering Committee revealed what are known as our community's Vision and Guiding Principles. These include the desire to remain the small and sustainable community we are now, to protect our natural surroundings, and that development be kept under close control. All of which were the results of the hundreds of questionnaires that were filled out by Sierra Madre's residents. Many of whom attended community meetings sponsored by the GPUSC and the City of Sierra Madre. The Principles, as they have become known, truly are the voice of the people.
The article in the Looney Views News covering this get together was called "Mayor Buchanan Calms The Waters - General Plan Principals Accepted." The absurd grammatical error in the headline is comical enough, and does put into doubt Susan's understanding of what really went on at this meeting. Did she actually think that the City Council was talking about the most senior administrators at public schools? And why exactly would they be interested in our General Plan?
But what follows in the article is even more ridiculous. Because all the discussion that took place that evening, the presentation of The Principles, the at times eloquent and impassioned public comment, the deliberations of the Council, even the wacky and decorum deficient rant from Paul Goosebumps, none of that gets barely any mention in this piece. So what is it that Susan spends most of her article discussing?
After listening to numerous speakers who wanted to elaborate on the controversy during public comment, Buchanan reminded the audience that the Public Comment period was reserved for for comments on items not on the agenda and asked that no further comments be made during public comment.
In other words, Susan wrote her article about the most simple and inconsequential portion of the entire meeting. Mayor Buchanan telling people when it would be appropriate to level the boom at Susan's political ally, Nancy Walsh. And why is that? I would venture to say it is because the Publisher of the Looney Views News really wasn't capable of understanding anything much more complex than that.
The rest of that topic must have gone right over the poor dear's head.
We don't know who they are ...
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Everybody have a splendid Halloween.