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wSaturday, October 05, 2002

I knew her when it was all happening in 1968. We were at the center of romance, idealism and adventure. And there were many others, our companions and comrades, and they are now gone. But she is still here, my wife, my living loving link with that time when we inscribed the book of life.

posted by stew at 10:00 AM


Thirty -five years ago I knew that I was making big decisions that would shape my identity and destiny. Today I feel like all the important choices have been made and I am living out my already determined future. To be who I really am, I must accept this fate. But can I? My physical being has been so worn away of strength and energy and the part that I created for myself (so long ago) is a so filled with conflict and courage, I wonder if I can play it with conviction. But I must. So, I'll be out today demonstrating and remembering.

posted by stew at 9:53 AM

wThursday, October 03, 2002

The morning Oregonian tells readers that I am mentioned in the newly published "Hippie Dictionary." The paper takes some local pride by mentioning that I "reside" in Portland. Recently I was the answer in an online crossword puzzle. And before that, I was portrayed as a character in "Steal This Movie." Oh, this is all making me feel so old and respectable.

Find out more at http://hometown.aol.com/stewa/stew.html

posted by stew at 11:42 AM

wWednesday, October 02, 2002

He wondered, if this was the rest of his life. Stiffness, pain, worry, high blood pressure and George Bush, forever. How would he live in a world where by common agreement, the future was dark and deadly, and there were no happy prophets to say otherwise?

It was lonely for him. His best and greatest friends were dead. Some passed on by suicide, others by madness or disease or accidents or murder. How it happened no longer mattered. They were all gone and that's all that counted. Empty chairs, empty tables filled the Yippie Cafe. They had given him faith and fantasy. Power to his imagination! And now he was on his own, not sure if his survival was a curse or a blessing. But knowing he had an obligation to his old pals. As long as he was here and now, he had to be worthy of the best days and their dreams.

posted by stew at 3:18 PM



Looking to cook
chicken and sausage gumbo
with a quick and simple receipe,
it's like trying to find
a George Bush policy.

posted by stew at 9:07 AM

wTuesday, October 01, 2002

The Monster Mash
by Stew Albert

You can
rule the world,
drink its blood
and eat its soul!
Become a manly self-actualized monster
of greed and death.
And Bush promises
you wont even have to
get off your couch
or turn off
your television.

posted by stew at 1:02 PM


The newest reason for invading Iraq?
We bomb them and they shoot back.

posted by stew at 9:46 AM

wMonday, September 30, 2002

trying to stand straight
in a crooked world.

posted by stew at 2:18 PM


Bush to rule world?
by Stew Albert

When George Bush was running for President he promised the American people a more "humble" foreign policy if he won the election. Now as maximum leader Bush has declared "today Lubbock, tomorrow the world." I suppose because Bush didn't really win the election he feels under no obligation to keep his promises.

The scope of Bush's ambition makes Augustus Caesar look modest. The Roman Legion's just wanted to rule the known world. These days a lot more world is known. Our president is casting his greedy eyes even on China.

The current target for destruction and domination is Iraq. At first the Bushies tried to play the game with a nod to international law and traditional doctrines of "just war." They sought to tie Saddam Hussein to September 11 and the Al Queda. But extensive investigation proved just the opposite. The secularist Iraqi government and the religious fascists of Islamic fundamentalism actually hate each other. And the universal finding on Iraq was "not guilty" of the Twin Towers massacre.

So the Bush gang came up with a rather novel concept. Since Iraq might someday do something bad to the United States, the US has the right to militarily assault that nation and change its government. It resembles Hitler's excuse for attacking Russia at a time when his country had signed a nonaggression pact promising never to do that terrible thing. Hitler claimed that since the Russians were Communists they would probably attack Germany someday soon. After the war was over, an international tribunal did not buy this excuse for aggression. In fact the court was so miffed that it sent quite a few Nazi leaders to the gallows and the Russian invasion was one of the reasons.

Perhaps it is to avoid these very same gallows that the Bush Doctrine arrogantly declares that no American will ever be tried in an international court. After all, Americans are the good guys.

For a while it looked like Congress might put up some road blocks on Bush's superhighway to war. Some peace minded and libertarian Republicans criticized Bushist militarism. But the Democrats, chickenhearted after all these years, collapsed, figuring, I guess that if they let Bush steal the election they might as well give him the whole Constitution. Congress has become such a sham, we can expect a new Caligula to nominate his horse for the Senate.

The Bush doctine of anticipating bad behavior and punishing it before it occurs has invaded the legal system. Recently in Oregon a judge disappointed the prosecutor, the Portland Police Chief and the anti-terrorist commission because she refused to tack on lots of years to an Arab's prison sentence just because the guy was sympathetic to a Palestinian Islamic group. The Police Chief stated that the fellow might become a terrorist someday.

And the FBI and its allies are starting to talk of banning protest demonstrations, even peaceful ones because "they might be a diversion for terrorist acts." It's getting like the sci-fi film "Minority Report," where consumerist America has become a nation that arrests and punishes individual for crimes they have not yet committed.

Will Junior Bush actually get to rule the world? I was raised to believe that anyone who tried that move was a dangerous psycho who would fall flat on their hubris. (My people call it chutzpah.) And economists point out that the US is becoming such a deep-in-the-hole debtor nation to foreigners, that ultimately it will be them and not the American president who dictates policy. And then again there are the terrible terrorists (remember them) who have no nation to destroy and who can turn commercial airplanes into weapons of mass destruction. It would seem that the Bush Doctrine will only create a million more of these suicidal killers.

Even if Bush does get to rule the world, he wont have much fun doing it.

(if you have any thoughts on this --write to stewa@aol.com)

Big Neighbor is watching
by Stew Albert

He's a friendly guy and you let him into your house because he is delivering an air conditioner on a sweltering day in August. And he makes some amiable conversation, the guy loves your house and when you show him around, he's blown away by all those old 60's posters on the wall.

 "Must have been a great time" he declares. The delivery guy leaves and you forget him and concentrate on the air conditioner and getting cool.

  But the guy doesn't forget about you, on the contrary, he makes a full report about your posters to Homeland Security. It seems he has another job that runs parallel to his deliveriesand installations. The friendly man who loves your house is an informant volunteer for the Justice Department's new agency and its nationwide program of participatory dictatorship called TIPS.

 All over America postmen, parcel deliverers and all kinds of repair people and truck drivers are being recruited and trained in the paranoic practice of reporting on the "suspicious" or "unusual" behavior of their fellow citizens. It is perhaps the most terrifying of the various tyranical measures that have been employed by George Bush since September 11 in order to insure the preservation of American freedom.

 Getting citizens to spy on their neighbors in large numbers, and FEMA plans to beat East Germany's record, involves the destruction of our civil society and the replacement of communal sensibility with chilling paranoia. When Big Neighbor is watching, the necessary distance between society and state is pushed aside and we are left with massive mistrust, fear and a sense that 1984 wasn't just a scary book.

 Usually repression does not base itself on the mass recruiting of proletarians. But in this lazy consumerist age when so many people have their objects of desire delivered to their door and a multitude of workers get to see where you live, it makes sense that at least the most mobile members of the working class would be eagerly sought out for snooping and betrayals of trust and the old good neighbor policy. Some American workers will be taught how to parlay a friendly smile into amateur espionage.

 To keep things fair, everyone in the country, even rich people, will be encouraged to spy on their neighbors. The TIPS informants will have stickers prominently displayed on their vehicles offering phone numbers where the stray snoop and gossip can call in information about any observed offbeat behavior and eccentric happenings. And of course, this will be a great way to settle a grudge. The U.S. Post Office under the embarrassment of public exposure, has decided, for the moment, to drop out of the TIPS program. But possibly there are enough bored, restless and angry Americans, the kind that want to do things, that will be described as being significant and of vital importance, enough desperate homeland volunteers to turn TIPS into a smashing success and a horrible new way to be an American.

(Like to hear from you --Stewa@aol.com)


posted by stew at 10:31 AM