Life as strange as fiction in ‘Last Picture Show’

You have to be the son of and the son of a son of a car dealer to search the name of the Chevy dealer in the background as Sonny and Dwayne fight in last picture show: Murphy Chevrolet. Vincent Murphy senior. Circa 1999. The movie takes place in 1952 and 1971. More to the point for a plastic alto post would be a breakdown of the use of music and jukeboxes radios. I mention that Larry McMurtry’s grandson Played Cafe Zoe in Menlo Park?


i did not know until just now that Texas oil man and Dartmouth basketball legend Edward Leede was actually from Queens, and died in Denver: see above 

Part three I would not claim to know Katie Lee dartmouth  ‘85 but it would’ve been difficult to be at all social for three years in school with her and not notice her. Jackbox says she is a successful interior designer in New York and Los Angeles but also sends field reports from Paris and England like this:

I had always wanted to visit Blake’s Hotel in South Kensington, so was delighted to learn that we’d actually get to stay there for the remainder of our trip, while we tore around town taking in the design and art fairs, antiquing, going to museums and of course, eating, drinking and carousing along the way.

So this has nothing to do with Sybil Shepherd and Larry McMurtry and Peter bag down a bitch. Or class and sex  






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Is Rachel Kushner the only one who wants to debate Joan Didion on whether Jim Morrison of The Doors wore pants of vinyl or leather?

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B.J. Thomas VS Mickey Thomas

Mickey Thomas, b. 1949

This had me fooled for a second yesterday.
B.J. Thomas, raindrops kept falling on his head;
Mickey Thomas, fooled around (with Elvin Bishop) fell in love.
Elvin Bishop played this hit at Mitchell Park in December, 2019 that is, about 18 months ago, with the drummer from his big fun trio singing the lead.

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Andrew Yang is not Jerry Yang, report claims

Ranked choice voting blamed for confusion
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Earthwise v. Exxon

There is something in the Times today about a small hedge fun with environmental activist investors forceing the behemoth oil company to add directors or change policy regarding fossil fuels. Not sure what it means. I started EarthWise productions in 1994 after reading books by gerrymander, Helena Norberg Hodge, if Schumacher, no I’m Chomsky, and Paul Hawken .

Not sure what it means

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Jeff Adachi, may his memory be a blessing

This is a still shot in the closing credits of a new film “Ricochet “ about the San Francisco Public Defenders Office, and the tragic 2015 incident wherein a young woman was killed by a gun that was fired accidentally by an illegal immigrant subject to deportation.
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Church service at City Hall on May 22, 2021 in possible violation of the First Amendment ‘No Establishment’ clause aka ‘separation of church and state’

I only have about 10 minutes this week to articulate what was bothering me so on Saturday (May 22, 2021) about a church service being held at City Hall.

Here is the sign that was posted.
Is this a permit? Did City Of Palo Alto give a permit to hold a church service at City Hall?
Is directly in front of City Hall — in other photos the words CITY HALL make this obvious — the same as in City Hall?
Would the same event be more appropriate at a park, like at Lytton Plaza, two blocks away? (Or the Farmers’ Market grounds, adjacent?)
Did City Attorney Molly Stump rule or not on whether this violates the separation of church and state?
Did City Manager Ed Shikada rule or not on whether this violates the separation of church and state?
I saw the Chief of Police Robert Jonsen at the event — he did not speak; did he issue the permit?
If the same 300 or so Christians and 10 or so speakers appeared at 250 Hamilton and made the same speeches or prayers, sang the same songs and hymns but did not seek a permit per se, is that less a challenge to the First Amendment (First Amendment reads “Congress shall make no law regarding the establishment of a religion” — it is freedom of religion and here freedom from religion)?
Would the same event with one Jewish speaker be more in compliance with the First Amendment?
If Reverend Bruce Reyes Chow, or Reverend Kaloma Smith had included the two words “Shabbat Shalom” — “good sabbath” — in their respective presentations, as I suggested they do, would that be more in compliance with the First Amendment?
Should we agree that we will not rent City Hall for future church services, prayer vigils or prayer services?

Was Kaloma Smith the only member of leadership involved in the event? What was his role (besides being a speaker)?

What is the significance of the fact that the plaza and building were built in 1970 and then in 2008 we put up a plaque dedicating the Plaza per se to “King Plaza” in honor of Martin Luther King and Coretta Scott King?
Does making the same space next week available for a Jewish vigil make the whole thing ok, equal time, equal access?
Why doesn’t government — leadership — conduct government at City Hall? (Covid is ending, when will government reconvene? Similar: is a government by mediation and electronic media the same as government in person? Can Tom Dubois and Ed Shikada hold meetings of council outside, in front of City Hall, as the Vineyard just did)?
Could the Vineyard et al hold the same event and the same production value and same permits but sing not “Everlasting Love of Jesus” but “We Shall Overcome”?
Could they produce the same event without advertising it? I.e, especially in Covid time, with state and county health protocols, could they produce an event, sing, make prayers but not advertise and have no attendees, and then film it and show it later, for example on the internet?
Does referencing George Floyd  and Black Lives Matter make it okay to defy the First Amendment regarding Church and state? Is there an expediency to the George Floyd case or anniversary that makes us ignore the First Amendment issue?

Stay tuned.

—Mark Weiss
Earthwise Productions
Plastic Alto blog
Lions with Wings label
former City Council candidate — 8,000 votes
former candidate for arts, library, human relations, architectural review board and planning commissions
student of Vincent Starzinger at Dartmouth College, 1984 (“History of the US Constitution and The Supreme Court” — although I got a C)



NBA star and former Paly player Jeremy Lin and Reverend Bruce Reyes Chow spoke at the rally/concert/vigil/service. Jeremy Lin said that God let him down regarding Jeremy’s attempt to play in the NBA this season. Then he read a prayer about the “peace keepers”. God bless. 

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Lin thanks Eden for granting NBA wishes

A rally in Palo Alto yesterday Jeremy Lin admitted that it was Barbara Eden who really is a genie who granted three wishes that got him Linsanity China-Beijing and dreadlocks but admitted that when he asked for three more wishes she said “nice try” .

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