Thursday, December 11, 2014

How Now Brown Cow: Pink No More

Downtown Brown
Our two year crusade regarding the pink cow in the Sierra Madre Christmas Creche, located at the heart of the downtown shopping district in Kersting Court, has achieved a positive outcome. We're declaring it another Tattler victory and proof of how a community blog, by giving people an opportunity to express their concerns on issues of importance to them, can make a difference.

As you can see from the picture to the left, what had once been pink has now been painted a rather beatific chocolate brown, returning our cow of concern to its more traditional and respectful color. Bringing to a successful conclusion a matter that had been a concern to those mystified by the inclusion of a brightly colored strawberry heifer in a setting depicting one of the central events of the Christian religion. Here is how one commenter expressed what they believe are the issues involved. This was posted on November 29.

I think it should be looked into. If someone is trying to make a statement that is probably not the place to do it. Unfortunately, I suspect someone is using that pink calf to make the statement, "Don't pay attention to Christmas or the birth of Christ, but pay attention to this silly pink calf. If that is the intention, that would be very unfortunate. Based on that picture of it being carried in a parade, someone knows something about it and the reasons for it. Let's see if anyone has an explanation.

Pink on parade.
I suspect its all part of the same thing. Let's change Sierra Madre whether its tearing down older character homes and building McMansions or putting a pink calf in a Christmas creche. I'd like to know who did it and why. I hope the battles we hear about elsewhere in this regard are not coming to Sierra Madre.

We had posted about the pink cow twice, once in 2013 when it was originally spotted in the creche, and then again just the other week when it appeared that nothing had been done about it (link).

This was followed a few days later by another series of pictures showing the Archangel Gabriel laying in the creche manger with coins placed over his eyes. Another disturbing episode that many took as an additional show of disrespect for Sierra Madre's Christian community.

So whoever repainted Sierra Madre's now famous creche cow brown, we'd like to say thanks. We have not heard from any of the players involved, and frankly we're not completely sure who they even are. Which is fine. I don't really need to know. I was mostly going on we'd heard from concerned residents and the pictures they sent us.

Hopefully people will see this episode as an unfortunate by-product of what happens when people do not respect one another. And now that things have been set right we can all happily move on with a greater understanding of how important that respect for others is in a community such as ours.

That "Prove You're Not A Robot" thing you see when attempting to post here

Yes, it is a huge pain.
The Tattler is published on a platform called "Blogger." This service is owned by Google, and can be used by anyone who wants to have a blog of their own. One they can use it for free. But it is very much Google's deal, and they can pretty much do as they wish with it.

In the world of the Internet traffic is everything, and Blogger, with its 10's of thousands of blogs, generates vast amounts of traffic for Google. About 17 million hits a day on average. Which is why they keep it around. But trust me, it is hardly one of their more important holdings.

Unfortunately, we live in a world where international Internet hackers and spammers attempt to take advantage of free services such as Blogger, and use it for purposes that really are not all that beneficial. And one of the ways they do that is to send out millions of spam blog comments, many with links to things I wouldn't ever want you to see on my blog. Or, even worse, could infect your computer with a virus.

One of the reasons I moderate this blog, and why there is a delay between the time you post a comment and when it appears here, is that I am making sure no such spammy nonsense appears on my site. There were days when I had gotten dozens of the stupid things. Mostly written in the kind of language you'd get if you used a Google Translator to turn Russian into English.

Since Blogger put it their new spam busting system, I get almost none of that. It works. Unfortunately, it is also making it difficult for some to post their comments here. Commenting being an important part of The Tattler.

I have been communicating with the Blogger folks by e-mail about this problem, and have noted (more than once) how those twisted letters they're using are hard for some of my folks to read and use. Here is a reply from them that is pretty typical:

Too many blog owners who want large reader populations have been unwilling to restrict comments, in the past - and have been allowing (by inaction) a place for spammers to post comments.  This has become a problem, for Blogger blogs, in general.  So, Blogger is making it less easy for large reader population blogs to provide spammer havens.

Long story short, despite my innocence in this matter, I am stuck with the Robot Thing for the time being. Many blog owners like myself are complaining, so maybe Blogger will come up with a better solution in the not too distant future. But for now they have their heels dug in.

My options are to live with it, or go and find another service. Something that would invariably mean a new look for The Tattler, plus an entirely new web address. In some ways this would be like starting all over, and I am not sure I want to do that.

One piece of advice for those who are struggling with this annoying function. That circular arrow next to the "type the text" box pictured above? If you click on it you get a new set of letters. Do it often enough and you should be able to eventually get something you can actually read and use.

It's always something, isn't it?

I have been forwarding comments posted here about this problem to Blogger. If there is anything you want them to know about your experiences with that Not A Robot function, post it and I'll be sure to let them know.

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37 comments:

  1. Thank you, and a Merry Christmas!

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  2. A very Merry Christmas and a big Thank You. Would not want to see the Tattler blogged out of our city. Where else can we get so much truth out to our community. Please blog on Mr. Blogger.

    Respectfully,

    Searching For The Truth

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  3. The Tattler has long been the heir of the old Mount Wilson Observer, run by the wonderful Katina Dunn. When the paper later fell into bad hands The Tattler was born. It really is the only publication that covers the affairs Sierra Madre in any depth. It would be a dark day if it ever goes away.

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    1. Great post 7:37. The slow growth folks are incredibly lucky that Crawford started the blog - and that he's stuck with it.

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    2. Agreed. The Tattler held things together in the critical years after Measure V and when that great paper was stolen, and the emergence of the Preserve Sierra Madre group. Don't want to think about how much unlimited damage would have been done without it.

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    3. Do you think that the chaos is over?

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    4. No.
      But the cavalry arrived.

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    5. The Tattler has had a remarkable impact on this town. If every city had something like the Tattler that ordinary folks could go to to point out corruption, hypocracy and everything else under the sun, that city would be better off and not have the problems that some cities have had. Think for a moment if the corruption in Bell could have ever happened under the watchful eye of the Tattler. It simply would not have happened.
      Every city needs a Tattler. Now, if we can clone Crawford's DNA.....

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  4. The pink cow came out of Creative Arts Group, right? - and the people in the parade were proud of it. The best we can do is hope that they receive more education, in order to actually reach the level of communication. My guess, and it has to stay a guest, is that they were making a statement about art being unexpected and free of normal definitions. The anti-Christian reverberations were incidental.
    Maybe eventually their message will be articulated with clarity.

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    1. I think they were trying to be absurdist and arty. Something you need to either be in your 20s or addicted to ganja to appreciate. Thing is, if they had painted the cow brown again after the parade, nobody would have noticed it. Like most careless kids, they didn't clean up their mess.

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    2. I think that was probably it They were also a little lazy.

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    3. Thanks to the Tattler for bring the issue to the forefront. I can take a joke as well as anybody but the nativity scene during Christmas is probably not the place to make a joke. or worse, a statement of some sort.

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    4. I don't care how it got there or why. I only care that a normal cow has returned to the nativity scene. Merry Christmas to the Tattler!

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    5. A very nice Christmas gift to the people of Sierra Madre.

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    6. It was not the Creative Arts Group, but the Friends of the Arts who took CREDIT for the pink cow. (see http://www.sierramadrefoa.com/ ) I don't believe for a second that their moves were incidental. Parading a pink cow and placing coins on the angels eyes were purposeful actions. What do placing coins on the angels eyes have to do with ART?

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    7. It was all very disrespectful and juvenile.

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  5. Is the Police Department investigating this?

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    1. The PD never comments on an ongoing investigation. And especially when there isn't one. Like the City Attorney, they're big on transparency. Just as long as they don't have to actually say anything.

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    2. It could be a Detective Amos Mystery Novel. "The Case of the Creche Molester."

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    3. Sounds noir, 12:58.

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  6. I don't mind the Captcha ... Numbers easier, let's get going...than the alphabet soup smear...damn the extra second it takes.

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  7. Speaking of public displays, The new house construction on Santa Anita and now SM Blvd put up green canvas fences, which have been promptly taken over with a "sign contest". All the "subs" and builders have plastered the green fences with advertising their services. There were 12 pickups at the new split construction site on Camelo today. It made for a block long "one way street. Trash is a given byproduct with home construction (rarely alleviated by the perpetrator) Oh what fun we are going to have in SM.

    And this caused by only 4 seperate home building sites. Imagine what 1 Carter, Stonegate, and the good fathers will create for us

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    1. Was anyone from city staff there waving little red flags?

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  8. Just drove through downtown Arcadia, and saw some nice civic signs pointing out historical locations (like their old city hall). "History happens here" or some other pathetic attempt to stem the obliteration of everything Arcadia has been.
    Last gasp effort by some very old Arcadian residents no doubt. The flotsam and jetsam of the MacMansion plague.

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    1. Great. They're turning the old Arcadia into a museum.

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    2. I wonder when the White Flight will be complete?

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    3. It's more like the old Steve Miller song :"Take The Money And Run."

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    4. White flight? They are selling not fleeing

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    5. They are selling and fleeing.

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    6. Hopefully it is a fun run.

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    7. History happens here signs are not a last gasp effort from some old Arcadian, but a part of sustainable governance policies . We have them here in our village. It is called branding. I think it was instituted in 1992 in Rio through the United Nations global meeting.

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    8. Sustainable is jargon.

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    9. Yes, sustainable means by United Nations terms, we control you and every aspect of your life. Just park your car, purchase a bicycle, shop at the farmer's market, and no trans fats or Big Gulps for you. Cooperate and you'll be just fine....unless you are a useless eater!

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    10. Misery Happens @ 5:20 AM.

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  9. So if there really is a war on Christmas, in Sierra Madre Christmas won.

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  10. That cow looks so much better.

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    1. I agree. Before it looked like bubble gum.

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