Sunday, March 2, 2014

Tattler Sunday Question: Is An Endorsement By A Pig Appropriate In A Sierra Madre Election?

Will Neil say "Tax me Goose?"
I was looking over the somewhat sparsely populated Gene Goss for City Council Facebook page last evening, and there were two things in particular that caught my eye. Both had to do with campaign endorsements. Gene's first claim of prestigious political support was written about in this way:

Gene Goss: I am pleased to announce that SierraMadreNews.net has endorsed me for City Council. I am very honored to receive their support!

This claim of endorsement, which includes a link to the actual SierraMadreNews.net website, was made back on February 26. Being a curious fellow with a burning need to know, I clicked on that link. And after having looked over the entire SMNews.net page quite carefully, I could find no endorsement there of Mr. Goss. Or any other City Council candidate for that matter.

There was a press release about twenty Sierra Madre couples renewing their marriage vows at a Valentine's Day Rotary Club function. As you certainly must know, nothing says enduring love more than a room filled with Rotarians. Dress up in appropriate business attire and try it sometime. But I digress.

Now perhaps the normally phlegmatic Gene Goss was very excited by this possible SMNews.net endorsement, and wanted everyone to know all about so prestigious a political coup. Even before it actually occurred. We have all fallen prey to overeagerness at times. But Gene's claim was posted to his Facebook page a full week ago. You'd think this endorsement would have happened by now.

It also must be pointed out that while Gene states that he is proud to have received "their endorsement," as far as I know SierraMadreNews.net is still just Bill "RoosterCoburn. And unless Bill has added some new personalities to the rather grumpy one he has had for a while now, we are talking about a single person here. Hopefully Bill only votes once.

However, a potentially far more influential endorsement is also claimed by Professor Goss. This one allegedly coming from Sierra Madre's most widely beloved four legged creature, the celebrated Neil the Pig.

Now I can understand why a candidate whose tax crazy campaign is not exactly lighting up anyone's life might feel the need to turn to the animal kingdom for support. But this particular endorsement does raise a question or two, at least in my mind.

The first deals with the issue of overweening anthropomorphic assumptions and the possibly detrimental denial by Mr. Goss of Neil's sense of pigness. Here is how WikiFur (Wikipedia for animals) defines it (link):

Anthropomorphic is a word which literally means "human shaped" (from the Greek anthrōpos (human being) + morphē (shape). It is used to describe a concept called anthropomorphism, or ascribing human characteristics to non-human beings or objects. Typically, this is used in reference to deities, which are usually given the form of humans. However, the word can apply to any non-human thing, including animals, plants, and inanimate objects … In a literary sense, there is a difference between ascribing human traits to an object (anthropomorphism), or to an abstract concept (personification).

We all like to imagine that our animal friends have certain human characteristics. I mean, who among us hasn't asked a cat or dog for their opinion about something. But is this really appropriate in an election? Can we really say that a pig has made a choice in a City Council election? That is without interfering with the right of that pig to be who he is, and all that he has ever hoped to be?

Now you might think I am attempting some form of dry humor here, but really I'm not. Because by claiming that Neil the Pig has endorsed Gene Goss for City Council, you have put him into the unfortunate position of working against his own interests. Something Neil is completely helpless to do anything about.

Last November the Sierra Madre Weekly printed an excellent article titled, "Portly pot belly pig prevails over politics - Neil the Pig stays in Sierra Madre" (link). As you review this piece note the role played by major Gene Goss political backer Mayor Nancy Walsh. As anyone can clearly see, Mayor Walsh is no friend to Neil the Pig.

Some likened it to Charlotte's Web, but a Sierra Madre porcine's predicament went far and beyond anything E.B. White could have written or imagined.

The whole episode actually started out as a simple request from resident Dr. Katherine Emerson about a rather noisy rooster in a neighbor's yard that had been disturbing the peace for some time and waking people up at all hours apparently.

According to Emerson, she had contacted the city several times and got no results two months ago when she complained about the rooster's existence ... which is a violation of city ordinance.

Emerson, who 'phoned the city on Tuesday last week was told by City Manager Elaine Aguilar that the situation was "being handled."

Within 2 hours of that phone conversation, the Pasadena Humane Society was at Emerson's door complete with a citation to have her pet pot belly pig Neil removed from the City of Sierra Madre limits due to a "code violation." Emerson told Beacon Media, "that would have killed Neil ... a modern day Charlotte's Web indeed."

Emerson said this wasn't a mere coincidence. "The City had never before contacted me about Neil, or any code violation." Emerson also stated that she feels Elaine Aguilar is "not doing her job," and believes the decision to target Neil was politically motivated due to upcoming elections. "Even the Mayor (Nancy Walsh) was not on Neil's side," Emerson said.

Now if you were Neil the Pig, would you endorse a candidate who is strongly supported by a Mayor that, just a few months back, was perfectly willing to see you heartlessly deported from what had been your happy home for 17 years? Something that, as Neil's caretaker Dr. Katherine Emerson asserts, could have sent him to an untimely death? I certainly hope not.

Politics is just not clean enough for the likes of Neil to be involved.

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40 comments:

  1. Great, this election is down to a swine level. Guess anything goes to get a vote.

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    1. Pigs like taxes.

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    2. Goose Goss and Neil Pig. Sounds like a pork barrel arrangement.

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    3. Goose is counting on this Neil the Pig endorsement to help him bring home the bacon on election day.

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    4. I'm a little confused. You got Goose Goss, Neil Pig and Rooster Coburn. Sounds more like an animal rights march than a Sierra Madre City Council campaign.

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    5. Honk … Oink … Cluck.

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  2. I guess if you have nothing else to talk about except raising people's utility taxes, yeah, discussing an "endorsement" by a pig makes sense.

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  3. Nancy Walsh is Neil the Pig's enemy. If Professor Goss really understood Sierra Madre he would have known that.

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  4. My neighbors Noah Green sign is falling apart from the storm. ???

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    1. It's a metaphor.

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    2. Buc Naked Sign.

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    3. Hide the mannequins.

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    4. quality signs from a quality dude

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    5. 10 people like Goss's comment

      a few hundred thinks he a doofus

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  5. There are a lot of people who vote against their own interests. Why should we deny that right to a pig?

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  6. oops, of course no one remembers, but Pat Alcorn was endorsed by Neil 4 years ago. Her owner also endorsed a candidate for Arcadia City Council.

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    1. Was there a 2012 endorsement?

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    2. Huh. Even then there was bad blood between Nancy Walsh and Neil the Pig.

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    3. It all makes sense now. Nancy Walsh's call for the eviction of Neil the Pig from his beloved Sierra Madre home was payback for his support of Pat Alcorn.

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    5. Nancy wanted to take him out.

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    6. She can be unforgiving.

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    7. Just the mention of Neil makes her squint.

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    1. That was the best endorsement from a spammer ever. Must have been the pig that attracted him. Sorry, Charlie, but this tax living pig ain't for sale. You'll never can this one.

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  8. The current Board of Directors for the Sierra Madre Chamber of Commerce:
    Ed Chen, President - Athens Services
    Noah Green, Vice President
    Susan Henderson, Treasurer - Mountain Views News
    Janette Ledea, Secretary - ReMax Tri-City Realtors
    Maddie Romo, Director - Savor the Flavor
    Carol Cantebury-Prudential Realty
    Mayor Nancy Walsh-City Council Liaison
    Quite a bunch.

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    1. Now I understand why the Chamber of Commerce is so messed up.

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    2. Look who is in charge of the Wistaria Festival: 2014 Wistaria Committee - Chair- Susan Henderson
      My advice? Stay off the streets.

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    3. The festival really runs itself, thanks to volunteers. Henderson won't have anything to do with it.

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    4. http://www.sierramadrenews.net/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Dsc09065.jpg

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    5. who cares if Susan is running the Wistaria Festival? Did you notice she's the Treasurer of the Chamber? I wouldn't trust her with even the small amounts they deal with. Do you think it was Noah's "big decision" capability that put her there?

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    6. Uh, yeah. Considering that one of the main reasons why she was canned from her gig with the state Democratic Party, was finagling money, that is probably not a very good idea.
      http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Demo-leader-resigns-under-fire-3155055.php

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  9. 2:20 - what about the people who need to be paid?

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    1. On the Chamber site they spell Carol Canterbury's name wrong.

      Carol Cantebury-Prudential Realty

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  10. The Vine has been blooming for two weeks will it have antthing left , it is getting very green

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  11. Is a blog moderated by someone who will no longer live here an appropriate place to discuss an upcoming election in which the results of I will have to live with because I'm staying here, as in not leaving, here for the long hall, sticking it out......please cease and desist any further comment on my town, just leave, go away, your just a short timer...buhbye!

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    1. Actually I will continue to write about Sierra Madre even after I've moved to a town 10 miles east of here with a humane public school district. Won't happen until after the election, though. But so you know, I am taking the Tattler regional, and this town will still be an important part of it. Can I get you a tissue?

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    2. What long hall is 8:52 talking about? Is it the trip to the kitchen for that next drink?

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    3. Goodness help the rest of us long-haulers. Without the Tattler, it'll be much harder work to find out the truth in city government.

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  12. Why is Gene Goss lying about our police department going away?

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