Monday, June 18, 2012

The Fish Wrapper Assault

As longtime Tattler readers know, Mountain Views News head honchette Susan Harriett Henderson Carter Poole's reputation for veracity is second to, well, just about everything else in town. The once upon a time #2 ranking Democrat in the State of California, pushed out a year or so after getting that gig for both lying on her resume and using the party credit card for things like golf excursions and lingerie purchases at Victoria's Secret (which is more than most of us really need to know), fell from those lofty heights and somehow ended up here. Which doesn't say very much for Sierra Madre's karma.

The details of Susan's slide into national ignominy can be read in three articles archived on the San Francisco Chronicle's SFGate.com site. These are: "State Demo Chief's Resume Disputed" (click here), "Demo Leader Resigns Under Fire" (click here), and "State Democratic Party's Top Paid Staffer Quits Amid Charges" (click here). All the sordid details of Susan's scandalous fall from grace can be seen there, including such false claims as receiving a law degree from UC Berkeley, and having made various "who's who" books for achievements that turned out to be baloney.

One of the funniest passages in these three articles details the White House's impatience with how long it took for the California State Democratic Party to fire Susan. The thought that President Bill Clinton might have been asking something along the lines of, "Why haven't they fired that stupid #%*&@ yet?" still strikes me as pretty amusing.

Like I said, Susan Henderson fell, and when she finally stopped falling she ended up here in Sierra Madre. Which, as nice of a place as it may be, really is quite a piece from the California centers of political power where she used to hang her hat. Perhaps that explains the seething anger that lingers just below the surface of so much of what Susan writes. She is a world class loser.

Once here Susan started a newspaper in town, a partnership with Katina Dunn. Only to later find herself dragged into court a couple of years later and facing a colossal lawsuit over some hanky panky involving "misappropriations." A case that she lost to her former partner, and at the cost of a $42,000 judgement. The details of this judicial decision can be read here. To date it appears that Susan has not paid off very much of what she owes the Dunn family, and the Court continues to be a hovering presence in her life.

So it makes perfect sense that when Mayor Josh Moran needed to deliver a political message to the people of Sierra Madre, he would choose H. Susan Henderson to be the carrier of that message. After all, the two of them are on a similar ethical and moral wavelength.

Things have not been going well for Mayor Moran as of late. Three recent ballot initiatives that Josh staked a lot of political capital upon, both Measures 12-1 and 12-2 (which involved a potential Utility User Tax increase), along with PUSD Measure A, lost quite handily in Sierra Madre. And two 2 of the 3 City Council hopefuls he campaigned for lost as well, with his third candidate squeaking out a victory only by spending far more money than any other candidate in Sierra Madre history.

To me that looks like he has now lost 5 out of the last 6 election opportunities. Something that doesn't show a whole lot of political leadership. Obviously Josh Moran is hearing footsteps.

Which brings us to Mayor Josh's recent City Council tete a tete with Chris Koerber. The topic was the Green Committee, and whether it should be brought up to a full commission status ala the Planning Commission, which actually does meaningful work for the City of Sierra Madre. Bringing the Greenies up to full commission status would require such costly things as hiring a lawyer to sit in on their meetings. This at a time when City Hall is jettisoning bodies due to a lack of funds.

Susan's mercenary hit piece on the matter, "Council Meeting Takes A Strange Turn," is first of all shot through with glaring factual inaccuracies. She appears to have been completely baffled by some of the procedural niceties of the exchange, with Susan stating in her article that Chris's motion "died for lack of a second." If you watch the tape you'll see that John Capoccia seconded the motion after some terminology was cleared up. It was at that time the City Attorney told the Mayor that he could make a "competing motion," which a by then clearly agitated Josh did, and was then seconded by John Harabedian. So why would they make a "competing motion" to something that didn't exist? Susan chooses not to say.

Henderson also fabricated an exchange where Chris Koerber interrupted the Mayor "several times." It was actually the other way around, with Moran attempting to talk over Koerber at almost every turn of the discussion. Josh has developed the rather unfortunate tendency of busting in on just about anyone's conversation, and at any time. The theory being that Josh suffers from anxiety over his fear of keeping up with conversations that might develop into something he doesn't like. And since the only things he cares for are conversations about himself and what he wants, this happens quite often. The result being that the Mayor comes across as being something of a boorish and self-obsessed control freak.

The heart of the conflict between Councilman Koerber and Mayor Moran stemmed from something called the Green Committee Accords and their United Nations origins. The rationale for why the Green Committee needs to be upgraded to full Commission status is based upon something called the Environmental Accords of the United Nations. We are now expected to begin recognizing the UN as an important authority here in town on matters of community planning and development. Which in large part is what these "Accords" deal with.

Apparently when the Green Committee put together their Accords, they basically cut and pasted the United Nations version into their own and handed it over to the City Council as if they had spent the last two long hard years agonizing over the process. Which quite obviously they did not. Maybe that is why they need us to pay the bill for an attorney for them, just in case they get busted for misappropriation. Like Susan did.

Now there are several problems with the United Nations Environmental Accords (which are also the Green Committee's Accords since they were lifted almost word for word from the original), the chief of which is that they call for the kinds of development here in town that most Sierra Madreans oppose. I know that Susan Henderson assumes that the dotty old dears still reading her rag will likely not understand it, but "smart growth" SB375-style development, strikingly similar to the old Downtown Specific Plan that a bunch of clueless knuckleheads sunk their life savings into in 2006, is at the very heart of these Accords. If you go to the "California Green Cities" site (click here) you will be able to ponder the whole thing. And this is what it has to say about redevelopment:

Urban Design: Action Item 8 - Adopt urban planning principles and practices that advance higher density, mixed use, walkable, bikeable, and disabled-accessible neighborhoods which coordinate land use and transportation with open space systems for recreation and ecological restoration.

Now how a downtown redeveloped to accommodate the walkable and bikeable is going to also make the neighborhood disabled-accessible is beyond me. I'm not sure that beyond stringing together some neat buzzwords they really quite thought that one through, but you get the picture. The Accords (both UN and their Sierra Madre doppelganger), proclaim that they are environmental, when in actuality they're yet another phony ploy cobbled together to sell this town on garbage redevelopment. The kind that would destroy the character of our city while making a lot of money for the Downtown Investors Club and related interests. Which is, of course, the real object of Josh Moran's concern.

Unless, of course, you really do believe that six or so blocks of densely arranged stack and pack condos coupled with street front nicknack shoppes is somehow going to save the world from global warming. In which case I have a rather ornate bridge in Pasadena to sell you.

In her article Susan Henderson says the following:

When the Sierra Madre City Council had almost completed a rather lengthy agenda, what should have been the simple adoption of the strategic planning objectives ...

Since when have the adoption of "strategic planning objectives" ever been simple in this town? And something as contentious as proposed objectives that could result in so-called "smart growth" high-density redevelopment language being shoved into our City's General Plan should just be simply rubber stamped because it had been a long night and everyone was tired?

I guess they don't call it the Looney Views News for nothing.

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73 comments:

  1. Susan has a lot of nerve accusing anybody of anything.

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  2. Henderson is still the Pres of the Kiwanis Club. Got her snarky little foot in the door can't get rid of her. And the Civic Club...you should see her get up for their fund raising functions ... Easter bonnet meets red hat ladies meets southern Baptist.

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    1. Susan's a parasite.

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    2. as far as I am aware, Susan is not a member of Civic Club (although she may attend their big fund raiser event). she is still very much involved with the chamber of commerce - you know, the group that dancin' Nancy is working with to help bring those Buxton inspired businesses to town.

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  3. Only one F word is needed for Henderson: Fraud.

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  4. Right next door, Pasadena, with a large population of accomplished African-American business women and professionals and Susan lands in Sierra Madre? Those woman would have called the phony out in a Harlem nano second.

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  5. Let the Facts be known, pleaseJune 18, 2012 at 7:31 AM

    We can't even get a Police or Fire Commission in Sierra Madre and they save lives, why would we want a copy cat Green Commission wasting our TAX money is just too disturbing. I haven't read it but from what I've heard the green committee wasn't protecting our town very well, "love to see that one debated". Regarding Henderson's Looney Views News, isn't one of Henderson writers on the Green Committee? Is this not the same person that wrote all the lies about a respected council member some years back? Wish I was able to approach the podium on this one. I would surely question why we can't have a Police or Fire Commission for our SAFETY but we can have a Green Committee turn Commission based on work that did not properly represent Sierra Madre. Could some one please speak to this at the podium? Thank you Tattler for bringing this up, hope I have added some more facts for you.

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    1. Why were there no public forums like the General Plan Committee held to receive input about what the community wants? Where was the publicity? Has there even been any public discussion other than the meeting when the UN accords were presented to the council for direction. I bet that Joffee and Buchannan will be on the commission.

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  6. Recently met a woman in Pasadena who discovered I was from Sieerra Madre. Her first comment was "OH,you have to put up with that awful liar and her paper Susan Henderson." Shocked, I asked "How do you know?" And, her response was
    "Often I go to Beantown to relax, drink and read, and her awful paper is so poorly written and filled with lies that anyone intelligent can see her pattern of deception and narcissism."

    LOL

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  7. pesky details like facts and integrity were never a concern for Henderson

    she's just being consistent

    a fraud

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  8. hmmmmm

    Moran sells home mortgages, has family in real estate sales and Hederson stays afloat by placing city ads in her paper

    nah, it' nothing

    makes perfect sense that Moran will stick to his development agenda and Henderson will always be a puppet for her Council

    just a pair a jack Aces

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  9. Susan preys on gullible seniors.

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  10. If there was anything well-written in the article, and I mean just in terms of grammar, it wasn't written by Henderson.

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  11. Moran sells Reverse Mortgages for a living.

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  12. The whole idea, green high density development, sounds like something out of The Onion. Another sign that when it comes to the Josh Agenda, facts defy parody.

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    1. Green, high density development - an OXY-MORAN indeed!

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    2. I like that!

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  13. It's just too much money, too much old flush way of thinking - hey, let's have another commission, give the city attorney's office more hours, make sure staff is tied up sitting in at the meetings and maybe, or maybe not, spending that time on their ipads.

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  14. Sierra Madre has always been "walkable and bikeable" surrounded by green trees and foliage with an unobstructed view of the San Gabriel mountains.How green can you get!Please explain how this odious and unscrupulous scheme could possibly be beneficial for our residents another than those swinish few who will financially gain from our city's destruction!

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  15. Big lie politics. Conveniently available in small newspaper stands located throughout the downtown shopping district. In part funded by your taxpayer dollars. Sierra Madre, where your tax money is put to use against you.

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  16. Another writer for Susan does a big page most issues featuring some extravagant house as if if were a feature for a home tour when all it really is is free advertising for the realty industry, our biggest industry I town. You can bet the later on when these homes go up for sale the realtor touts how it was "featured" in the local newspaper and isn't that just wonderful.

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  17. As usual so much going on in town as we were seriously side tracked from the John Buchanan/Joe Mosca mayorship directions via mandate from city manager that the city needed a green committee to answer these mandates. The meetings were open to the public, the positions "flown" at a CC meeting, let me check my calendar to see if I have another night open to attend yet another meeting.

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  18. The proof of what the City is trying to do to the downtown area, Highland and East Montecito is shown in the amount of money the City is spending on attorneys. Return on Investment! The Rose's project has been idle for months now with a possible lawsuit pending. The City has spent at least a million trying to take the Hildreth's property. Why would the City spend that much money if there was not a much bigger plan. The only way to achieve the "Big Plan" is to go "Green". Than the City will be able to take the whole street of East Montecito and big sections of downtown. It is all about the money. The City hasn't come clean on the money they can get from the state for a state funded transportation corridor. Follow the money. What can be seen is the corruption greed and the dirt.

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    1. Probably explains why Josh is so nervous. He has a big job to do for the big money boys, and so far he hasn't turned in a quality performance.

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    2. Roses threatened to build something "big, ugly, and Measure V compliant" when their residential project was turned down about 4 years ago. Anyone know what holdup is causing the delay?"

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    3. So why don't they do just that very thing?

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  19. Wait until the showdown starts next week on Measure V and the Kensington. Things are about to get wild in this town. It is all connected. Real Estate, development, and money. That is the Moran agenda. You are just the problem.

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  20. The Green Committee was formed to assist the General Plan Update Committee in identifying state-mandated conditions that need to be put into the plan. The City has also hired a consultant to assist with those mandates. Why do we need both, and should the consultants be made into a Commission also? And if the Greenies were supposed to assist the GPUC, why didn't they take their plan first to the Update Committee instead of taking them to the City Council? And why, after all these months when the GPUC has worked openly, had several community meetings and discussed each issue in public, would they now take the Green Committee's Accords to incude in the General Plan since they were done in secret?

    The GPUC is in their final phase of editing and writing implementation. There will be no more changes after the final Town Hall meeting before it goes to the Planning Commission and the City Council. The time is past, Green Committee. Give it up.

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  21. It was just a matter of time before Henderson started attacking Koerber and Capoccia. True, Chris did go a little over the top when discussing the UN Accords, but sometimes one needs to go a little over the top to be heard in this City. Hopefully, Chris' statement will bring people to the Council Meeting when this issue is discused again and defend our City against the Green Committee and their Accords ruse.

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    1. It is interesting to note that it is the Tea Party councilman who is defending slow growth and community integrity in Sierra Madre, while the Democrats on the Council appear to want to sell us out to the development and realty corporations. Of course, they're not what I would call Democrats.

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    2. Politics does make for strange bedfellows. I wouldn't call the democrats either. Jerks is more like it.

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    3. In local politics? Forget parties - follow the money.

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    4. One good reason for voting Republican in L.A. County is since the Democrats have all the power, they get all the funny money and bribes. At least here the GOP is honest.

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    5. 1:18 The GOP has plenty of backdoor money channels, believe me, entrenched in the good old boy system when John Rousselot was around. All the way to Sacramento and Washington. Still part of the Birchers, now tied through Ron Paul to the Tea Party bunch.

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    6. Really? I'm having a hard time buying that. Most if those on the hard right hate Ron Paul. Especially social conservatives and financiers.

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    7. The Libertarian candidate for president is polling around 10% to 15% in New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado. If the election is close this could really hurt Romney.

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    8. Former 2 term New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson could become the Ralph Nader of the right.

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    9. IMO, the Libertarians should really cut back on the medicinal marijuana. There is no way the Libertarian candidate will get over 1% of the vote nationwide, if that.

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  22. Struggles ahead for green capitalism:

    UN environment haggle runs into problems ahead of summit
    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jMf5zOzxEmBPyD1cJWZLhT_fKBXw?docId=CNG.6e8cb246738bfc1e0c48f4ac564e68fa.81&index=2

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  23. You know where most of the pollution comes from?
    Cars.
    Why aren't all the car makers fixing that?
    Why isn't the UN going after car factories?
    Why doesn't the Green Comm. send it's report to car factories?
    There's the problem, there's the solution, and we're running around doing a bunch of other stuff.

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    1. You know what the irony is? By the time Sacramento gets all of these transit villages built, the automobile companies will have come out with cars that run on something a whole lot cleaner than petroleum. Proving once again that it is private industry, and not the government, that solves problems. All those clean running personal transportation vehicles will whiz right past all the transit ghettos on their way to beautiful single occupancy homes deep in the suburbs.

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    2. I thought cows caused the most pollution.

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    3. Depends on the cow. Holsteins? Fer sure. Guernseys? Not so much.

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    4. The whole world has known that car engines are the culprits, for 4, maybe 5, decades. But the great gods of the world's economy were not too keen to do anything about it.

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    5. One of the really effective green initiatives in California last year was cow afterburners. Properly installed, a lot of the greenhouse gases emitted by beef and dairy cattle can be burned off and safely vented into the atmosphere. There is lots of state grant money still available, and even human use is being considered. Perhaps you might want to discuss this with some of your more afflicted family members.

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    6. Thanks 2:36. That is really good news. Are there applications at City Hall?

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    7. Private industry did not willing solve anything with car pollution . They were forced to by government regulations and fought the regulations every step of the way . Yes lets go back to the 60s when you could not see the Mts from Sierra Madre Blvd and the cars got 15 mpg

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  24. Oh good. Another opportuity to post a link to the one and only Ned Beatty in Network:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxiT30N6ti4&feature=related

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  25. Would you people forget about the Dem Party and Rep Party and this Party and that Party and remember the Tea Party is not a Party at all. Concentrate on the issues at hand here. The point has been made to what the City is trying to do here, don't be divided here neighbors. Look at who is trying to divide us and concentrate on the problems at hand and that is the Preservation and Sustainability of Sierra Madre. Drag your tired and over worked hinnies off the sofa and go down to City Hall and be heard, don't wait for your neighbor to do it, YOU do it and don't wast any time because City Hall works 24 / 7 to get what they want, not what you want or what is good for the City, period.

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    1. Amen. Getting your politics from a political party is like buying a suit at Sears. Making your own politics means you are getting something tailor made, and from someone who knows what works best for you. Yourself.

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    2. With apologies to "When Harry Met Sally":
      I'll have what 4:27 is having!

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  26. You guys are entirely too hard on Josh Moran. Higher taxes, more fees and lots and lots of development. What's not to like?

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    1. Hey, did you know Josh grew up here?

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    2. His roots are deep. Except when he lived in Monrovia.

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    3. And encouraged a boycott of Sierra Madre businesses. Except for that.

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    4. Judging by the way things are going, that boycott is now about 10 years old.

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  27. I saw Josh Moran and Susan Henderson walking through the Americana in glendale last week. Isnt that a violation of the Brown Act to be meeting somewhere? Or is it 3?

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    1. Henderson is not an elected official. It means nothing. Other than they are in cahoots, but we knew that.

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    2. Josh is known by the company he keeps. Funny that these two would be taking their exercise in Glendale, though.

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    3. are they dating?

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    4. Maybe they were on their way to Victoria's Secret.

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    5. You get extra credit if you take a cell phone pic and send it to the Tattler.

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    6. I figured they were setting up her partner for a reverse mortgage.

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    7. I don't think they own the place they live in.

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  28. susan Henderson is not an elected official. He can walk with her whereever he wants.

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  29. I like my own personal multihorsepower car the way I would have liked my horse on the range. The freeways are here and are not likely to be torn down. Put better gas milage, low polution emiting cars on the road and more along. As for the congestion. We could do with some good, get you there public transportation but don't dictate socially engineers that I have to use it. I will use it and I will have my car. Thanks.

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  30. Wake up 4:27!!

    The TEAPARTY may not be an official party but their ignorance has power to create hate and ignorance. Look at the latest in a flurry of posters created in Michigan because they did not want to create a .7 % tax raise.....yes, point seven......too much money to pay for information and intelligence...

    some of the people on SM Library Board claim to be Dems and they are as poorly educated and show absolutely no intellectual esteem! Think Johnny B....
    Josh, Nancy, can join the ranks.....

    "BURN. THE LIBRARIES. DOWN! Kidz can learned stuff on there oan."

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    1. What?? The Tea Partyers I know are some of the most educated in Sierra Madre. So, what are you talking about? Think

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    2. You really have to ask yourself this ... On a national basis you might not be too crazy about the whole Tea Party thing. I personally have a lot of problems with the social conservative outlook of some of those outfits. But within the borders of Sierra Madre who is standing up against the developers and realtors that literally own Josh, Nancy and probably Harabedian? Those folks are far more dangerous than anything this city has seen since the DSP first raised its ugly head. Know your enemies, because when you do you will also come to know who your real friends are.

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  31. There are no such thing as "real friends"... only family! Capisce?

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  32. Obama stated last year that he answers to the United Nations, not Congress.

    Leon Penetta stated two months ago, to a Senate committee that he answers to the United Nations, not Congress.

    United Nations Agenda 21, specifically states that its goal is to reduce the global population to less than one billion.

    Get it through your little pea brains, the U.S. Constitution is dead. The United States of America doesn't exist anymore. Political parties are window dressing. We are now slaves to the New World Order that Hitler and Bush promised. The people you are complaining about (Moran, Hendersen, etc.) are just water carriers for those at the top, and hoping to get a position in the new regime.

    They don't care about you, or Sierra Madre. They want you DEAD!

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    1. Crawford, you do know that this is mid June and not April 1st...don't you?

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  33. 8:27 you are too far out. What are you on, sure isn't life in Sierra Madre. Burn the Libraries, your just trying to distract from the truth and waste peoples time. Go finish your education.

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