Ida, Nancy, Terry (Palo Alto Festival of the Arts three-way-selfie)

Ida Davis, Nancy Shepherd, Terry Acebo Davis selfie at Palo Alto Festival of The Arts, August, 2014

Ida Davis, Nancy Shepherd, Terry Acebo Davis selfie at Palo Alto Festival of The Arts, August, 2014

I saw Mayor Nancy Shepherd at three candidates’ events last weekend, the Cory Walbach kick-off at Seale Park, the Ken Dauber School Board event at a private Professorville estate and last at Ralph and Jackie Wheeler’s tasteful South Palo Alto Eichler, for former mayor and fellow Old Guard hanging on Greg Scharff. She said she had just seen Terry, my girlfriend, the former arts commissioner Terry Acebo Davis.

Terry knocked on this selfie from the fair. I missed the thing entirely –like a Spaniard at the end of a World Cup loss — but snapped off a few shots at the load out, where I chatted up Fred Mertz (photos, both 121) and Ling-Ann (jewelry, at Bryant).

Nancy and I, while we don’t agree always on the affairs of the day, have a rapport. I am sticking to my story that at the first candidates forum, in 2009, I was seated next to her, at the far end of the dias, and I heard her breathing nervously, and I reached out — literally — and it did calm her, and the rest is history, or her story. I said: anyone who raises a daughter to be a PAUSD teacher gets my automatic vote – there were five seats open that year. She will have to work it hard the next 60-something days to earn my vote and be re-seated.

Meanwhile, Nancy was also instrumental in my meet-up with Olive Borgsteadt, who is a volunteer at the reading room on Cali Ave. Olive stared at me, while I stood quietly, or perhaps inched forward. Finally it came to her: “Fifth-sixth combo, at Fremont Hills?!”. Yes, Mrs. Borgstead was my teacher in fifth grade, in 1974-1975, forty years ago, my first in PAUSD. A good time was had by all, and some learnin’ was goin’ on. (RIP Herbie the Tarantula). I will try to post that. Post-haste. God bless Olive and Nancy – can an assimilated Jew say that to two Christ Scientists? You betcha!

(And speaking of Dauber, I told him that in his honor I am drafting to my Fantasy Football League, “The Gunn National Football League, formerly Gunnnational Football League, after the Gnational Football League, Ken Daube, a wideout with the Saints, if that is a threw-line; also kudos to his wife or thanks I should say…namaste…Michele Dauber for saying that she reads my blog and thinks I am funny…that is enough to win my vote for Ken and maybe my enDolphin. I started to say endorsement then endorphin but things got a little Griese. I’m such a little fiedler. Do the math. Oh, jay. Are you ready for some meredith?)

(I hope to some day read a Michele Landis Dauber law review article and report back, slightly better than I did on my Vince Starzinger Govy 60 midterm in 1985.Heck, it will take some focus just to get thru her 6-page CV, just the titles I mean).

edit to add, minutes later: I chug. That is Dartmouth fraternity basement lingo for “my bad” or “my mistake” or what Ben Franklin would call an “errata”. Ken Daube is NOT as I claim above a wide-out for the Saints who I claim I will try to draft to my Fantasy Football Team in honor of Ken Dauber, future PAUSD school board stalwart, but a sportswriter — duh! — for ESPN who writes ABOUT the Saints and for instance recommends a po boy from Jacques-Imos over Mark Ingram, and how to spot the difference. I will swede in the clip from ESPN mag that launched this whopper of a boner. Boner temps roulette. Which itself is not a Bill Clinton reference, but might be, in a parallel universe.

Like I keep saying: I are a lifelong learner.

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Mark Weiss, founder of Plastic Alto blog, is a concert promoter and artist manager in Palo Alto, as Earthwise Productions, with background as journalist, advertising copywriter, book store returns desk, college radio producer, city council and commissions candidate, high school basketball player; he also sang in local choir, and fronts an Allen Ginsberg tribute Beat Hotel Rm 32
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2 Responses to Ida, Nancy, Terry (Palo Alto Festival of the Arts three-way-selfie)

  1. I hereby endorse Mark Weiss for Palo Alto City Council.

    — Brian E. Moore, MD, MEd
    Former Chief Legislative Aide, Massachusetts Representative Larry F. Giordano (D-Methuen)
    Current Associate Professor of Pathology, Neurology, and Neurosurgery, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine

    • markweiss86 says:

      “Revolving Door” is a famous negative television commercial made for the 1988 United States Presidential Campaign. Along with the Willie Horton “Weekend Passes” advertisement, it is considered to be a prime factor in George H.W. Bush’s defeat of Michael Dukakis. The ad was produced by political consultant Roger Ailes with help by Lee Atwater, and first aired on October 5, 1988. “Revolving door syndrome” is a term used in criminology to refer to recidivism; however, in the ad, the implication is that prison sentences were of an inconsequential length.

      Contents [hide]
      1 Synopsis
      2 Impact
      3 Furlough program
      4 Popular culture
      5 References
      6 External links
      Synopsis[edit]
      The ad shows a line of convicts (portrayed by actors) casually walking in and out of a prison (filmed in Draper, Utah) by means of a revolving door. The narration states that as governor of Massachusetts, Dukakis vetoed mandatory minimum sentencing for drug dealers, that he vetoed the death penalty, and that he gave weekend furloughs to first-degree murderers. The narrator goes on to point out that while furloughed, many of the convicts committed crimes including kidnapping and rape, and are still at large. The ad concludes with the phrase: “Now Michael Dukakis says he wants to do for America what he’s done for Massachusetts. America can’t afford that risk.”. The disclaimer at the end indicates the ad was paid for and endorsed by the Bush/Quayle campaign.

      Perhaps due to negative response from some quarters of the supposed racial undertones of the “Willie Horton” ad, the convicts depicted in the “Revolving Door” ad were overwhelmingly Caucasian.

      Impact[edit]
      A CBS News/New York Times poll showed that of all of the political ads of the 1988 presidential campaign, this one had the greatest impact on respondents. The percentage of poll respondents who felt Bush was “tough enough” on crime rose from 23 percent in July 1988 to 61 percent in late October 1988 while the proportion saying Dukakis was “not tough enough” on crime rose from 36 to 49 percent during the same period.[1]

      Women particularly were affected by the ad. Said Dukakis campaign manager Susan Estrich, “The symbolism was very powerful…you can’t find a stronger metaphor, intended or not, for racial hatred in this country than a black man raping a white woman….I talked to people afterward….Women said they couldn’t help it, but it scared the living daylights out of them.”[1]

      Furlough program[edit]
      The original State inmate furlough program, for which convicted first-degree murderers were ineligible, was actually signed into law by Republican Governor Francis W. Sargent in 1972. After the Massachusetts Supreme Court ruled that this right extended to first-degree murderers, the Massachusetts legislature quickly passed a bill prohibiting furloughs for such inmates. However, in 1976, Dukakis vetoed this bill. The program remained in effect through the intervening term of governor Edward J. King and was abolished during Dukakis’ final term of office on April 28, 1988. This abolition only occurred after the Lawrence Eagle Tribune had run 175 stories about the furlough program and won a Pulitzer Prize.[2] Dukakis continued to argue that the program was 99 percent effective; yet, as the Lawrence Eagle Tribune pointed out, no state outside of Massachusetts, nor any federal program, would grant a furlough to a prisoner serving life without parole.

      Brian Moore and I met on the second floor of Dartmouth’s Robinson Hall, winter quarter freshman year, 1983, when we were Cub reporters at The D. Fifteen years later, when he was an aide to Larry, his former martial arts mentor and teacher, it was Brian who found the furlough loophole, brought it to his boss, who helped fix the problem. Little did anyone know that this would be used AGAINST the Massachusetts Dems and change history, and how many killed in Gulf Wars 1 and 2? And for the record, and it’s oddly fitting here, he mistook me for Jeff Weiss, an Andover to his Brooks. Not all the cards have been dealt, peoples. The Times they are a-chargin’. (whereas Times Tribune is defunct and Eagle Tribune is we think still putting a bit of ink and think on the issues…)

      The Lawrence Eagle Tribune,where Brian trained while I was at the PTT, wrote 175 articles and won a Pulitzer for their research on the furlough program, before public sector finally reacted. A Columbia Journalism Review article describes the outcome thusly:
      In what is by now a familiar story, Willie Horton, a black man, had been convicted with two other men in the 1974 stabbing death of a white Lawrence man and had served nearly twelve years in prison before being placed into a weekend furlough program, from which he walked away in mid-1986. When he was captured ten months later, in the spring of 1987, after having raped a Maryland woman and brutalized her fiancŽ, the Lawrence Eagle-Tribune fell on the case like a hound on a rabbit track, producing some 175 stories over the next year. Many of them, according to an extensive analysis of the series published in 1989 in the Washington Journalism Review, were woefully lopsided and filled with slipshod reporting and outrageous errors. In campaigning successfully to have the furlough law rescinded by the state legislature, for instance, the Tribune ran eighteen boosterish stories about an ad-hoc anti-furlough group called Citizens Against an Unsafe Society, giving times and places for meetings, and whom to contact. Meanwhile, it wrote practically nothing about the history or record of the furlough program itself. While editorializing in shrill tones against Dukakis — “throughout this whole mess Mr. Dukakis has paid no attention whatsoever to the human pain and suffering the case caused. No attention! None! None whatsoever!” — the paper never mentioned that furlough programs had been created in 1972 under a Republican governor, Francis Sargent, or that first-degree murderers were ruled eligible for it by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court in 1973, or that the program had widespread support, from the American Correctional Association and the American Civil Liberties Union alike. The paper also ignored a 1987 report by the Massachusetts Department of Corrections that said inmates who had taken part experienced “lower rates of recidivism” than those t furloughed before to release.

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