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wSaturday, July 31, 2004


My central website is http://hometown.aol.com/stewa/stew.html
For information on Stew Albert's new book --"Who The Hell Is Stew Albert?" go to http://www.redhen.org/stewalbert.htm or Amazon.com. If you want a signed copy get in touch with me at stewa@aol.com
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Name Game

Patriot Act
a most dangerous virus
a program written by Bush
recreating itself
in every charity and nonprofit organization
as
loyalty oath, purges,
a never ending list
of naming names.

First your doorman and neighbor became snoops
now watch out for your boss
or the guy giving you a hand out.
He's taking your picture.
He's frightened.
Alms for the love of Allah?
That might be a criminal offense.

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Day 225 -- Last night I took a Hep C treatment Interferon needle. I was feeling ill before I put the needle in my thigh. This won't be a great week. Best news, is tomorrow begins August and that leaves me three months to go. Eight down -- three to go.

Deadline, a documentary film, created in part by Katy Chevigny (full disclosure --I knew her when she was 5), tells the story of a Republican Governor of Illinois, a Republican and a life time supporter of capital punishment. He must decide the fate of 117 death row inmates. The Governor orders clemency hearings. What will be his final decision? Governor Ryan's belief in official execution was originally challenged when a group of Illinois college students proved that 13 people on the state's death row were innocent. They were all released.

Deadline is outstanding for its human portraits. Especially those of convicted killers and the families of their alleged victims. The film reminds us that a criminal can't be reduced to his or her crime. He remains a human being.


posted by stew at 9:31 AM


wFriday, July 30, 2004


My central website is http://hometown.aol.com/stewa/stew.html
For information on Stew Albert's new book --"Who The Hell Is Stew Albert?" go to http://www.redhen.org/stewalbert.htm or Amazon.com. If you want a signed copy get in touch with me at stewa@aol.com
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Insurrection 2004

Five thousand cops in Boston
made five arrests
costing
50 million dollars.

Total Cop State
had reliable information
overhearing Leninist chatter,
anarchists were bringing WMD
to a Boston tea party.
A Molotov Cocktail was indeed located
seized
sadly it was constructed
of paper mache.

It will be chemically tested.
Perhaps its paste is poison.

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Day 224 - Does anyone remember the old Jules Feiffer cartoon strip --Sick Sick Sick? That's what I feel like today. I got sick right after the Hep C treatment needle taken last Friday and stayed that way all week. Feeling better at times but only briefly. My next needle is tonight. I can't wait.

John Kerry surprised everyone last night. He gave a good strong (Judy and Joan say, inspiring) speech when he accepted the Democratic nomination. He managed a mix of passion and intelligence --and though operating in a completely stage managed enviroment, he managed at times to seem genuine and sincere. Before the speech my hope was that Bush might defeat himself--now I think Kerry might really be able to play a role in overthrowing the cowboy tyrant from Yale.

Cutthroat Island is an old fashioned Hollywood Saga of buccaneers and rogues on the high seas looking for great adventure. The only difference is this time around the Pirate King is a Queen played by beautiful Geena Davis -- a tough, big boned yet somehow sweet Pirate Person. She is quite naturally searching for the treasure of Cutthroat Island and seeking to revenge her murdered father. The tale is told according to a time tested Jolly Roger formula and is fun. I did keep hoping that Johnny Depp or Captain Hook would make a cameo appearance.


posted by stew at 9:05 AM


wThursday, July 29, 2004


My central website is http://hometown.aol.com/stewa/stew.html
For information on Stew Albert's new book --"Who The Hell Is Stew Albert?" go to http://www.redhen.org/stewalbert.htm or Amazon.com. If you want a signed copy get in touch with me at stewa@aol.com
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A Hero Sandwich

Lucky the election isn't
about Kerry,
it better be
an all American referendum
about high bouncing Bush
back
to the Cactus of Crawford.

You're forced to vote for the Democrat
or put up
a George knows best sign.

But
a blind person can see
there is something weird
about selling Kerry
as our next
Big Chief Commander In War Hero
he began his journey
throwing heroic ribbons
over ordinary fences,
informing Congress
no matter how patriotic a warrior
no one really wanted the honor
being an awful war's
final corpse.
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Day 223-- Actor Donal Logue, who played me in Steal This Movie just droped a line wishing me strength and luck on the Hep C treatment trail. A nice guy.
I felt a little better yesterday but given that it was five days after the needle, that's not especially surprising.

I saw Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind, It's based on the former Gong Show host and creator Chuck Barris' memoirs. What makes this tale a bit unusual is that Barris confesses to having also been a trained CIA assassin, recruited because he wore dresses as a kid and his real father was an executed serial killer. The film's continuing and appropriate use of the Pete Seeger and Lee Hays song "If I Had A Hammer" was on target. Is this a true tale, a frightening revelation or more Gong Show madness? Who knows? Maybe we should just say America is The Gong Show.


posted by stew at 9:11 AM


wWednesday, July 28, 2004


My central website is http://hometown.aol.com/stewa/stew.html
For information on Stew Albert's new book --"Who The Hell Is Stew Albert?" go to http://www.redhen.org/stewalbert.htm or Amazon.com. If you want a signed copy get in touch with me at stewa@aol.com
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A State Of Failure

Debate rages.
Is the Democratic Party
a failed State requiring military intervention
with dissenters concentrating in camps,
with armies of bored Cops and Soldiers
looming over its troubled waters?

Convention floor moral chaos
only those boosting Kerry
for Commander In Chief,
a much kinder Caesar
in a gentler Empire
give 'em heck Hillary
getting to speak
on prime time Television.

When the cameras go dark
Planned Parenthood and peaceniks
have their influential say
to those
who already believe.

The Democratic Party
has broken relations
between beliefs
and public pronouncements,
Is a government of Republican occupation
taking over its management
finally fully
annexing its soul?

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Day 222 - Did I feel twinges of energy yesterday or where they just hopeful dreams from too much afternoon sleep? Hep C Interferon needle effects are possibly softening again -- today we shall see.

HBO's new documentary Hitler's Pawn offers a frightening account of how the US was suckered into being part of the Berlin based Olympic Games of 1936. In response to a large "Boycott Berlin" movement Hitler allowed German Jewish athletes to tryout for the German team. He also called off all Nazi attacks on Jews. Even storm troopers were instructed to smile. The Nazis claimed two Jews would be on their team, one was half Jewish and looked like an Aryan, the other was Gretta Bergman, a dark attractive Jewish woman high jumper. The documentary's narrative proceeds from her point of experiece.

It was all a big Nazi lie, Bergman was told, but only after the American team began sailing for Germany, that she was not eligible for the team. The Nazis bait and switch had worked.




posted by stew at 9:15 AM


wTuesday, July 27, 2004


My central website is http://hometown.aol.com/stewa/stew.html
For information on Stew Albert's new book --"Who The Hell Is Stew Albert?" go to http://www.redhen.org/stewalbert.htm or Amazon.com. If you want a signed copy get in touch with me at stewa@aol.com
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New Morning In America

Democrats holding their latest convention
with protesters penned up
in a compound
resembling a concentration camp,

Back in 1968 Mayor Daley
didn't need no stinking concentration camps
for controlling dissent
cause the fences might
get in the way
of a Chicago cop throwing a teenage girl
off a bridge.

His Honor's model
wasn't Heinrich Himmler.
Daley was an ordinary tough cop
cleaning up an unruly saloon
teaching the boisterous drunks
a lesson in civic pride.

That was way before 9/11
which changed everything in America.
The way protest is punished.
Instead of wild cops
we have a system.

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Day 221-- Oh, it was a hard day's night in the land of Hep C treatment side effects. Flu like symptoms were continuing and of unusual intensity. My ancient friend Pun sent me copies of "old gang of mine" photos from 1969 -- including a nice shot of young Judy and me. Jerry Rubin, Abbie and Anita are also present with many others. It's good to remember a time when I wasn't feeling sick.

Judy and I, while sitting on our deck, listened on the radio to the Mr. and Mrs. Clinton speeches last night at the Democratic Convention. Herself was confident and strong sounding, I guess its' the style that gets her elected in NY. Bill however was brilliant, both a truth teller and a con artist. He also demonstrated a likable post Presidential ironic self deprecation. He finally has become the irresistible Bill Clinton that was first created by Saturday Night Live.

I watched "A Huey P Newton Story" last night. I first saw it in NYC as a "one man" play staring Roger Guenveur Smith. And I thought I was in the presence of a powerful and demanding ghost who happened to be a dead friend. Smith has joined up with director Spike Lee to create an even stronger and somewhat more frightening screen version of the Black Panther Party's cofounder. Anyone who ever spent a long afternoon with Huey will be familiar with the speed rapping occasional mind blowing genius who could also go amazingly off the rational wall. Smith catches Newton as a guy who could be soft spoken, playful and charming. And then he might become explosively angry and out of all self control. My favorite scene is Huey's mad dancing to Bob Dylan's Ballad Of A Thin Man. Newton really did love Dylan.
Mostly what the film so painfully portrays is that Huey P Newton was a brave fighter, an audacious revolutionary who finally succumbed to his own demons and Americas.


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wMonday, July 26, 2004




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My central website is http://hometown.aol.com/stewa/stew.html
For information on Stew Albert's new book --"Who The Hell Is Stew Albert?" go to http://www.redhen.org/stewalbert.htm or Amazon.com. If you want a signed copy get in touch with me at stewa@aol.com
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Head Man

They call it kidnapping
so far they haven't napped any kids
they've snatched
truck drivers diplomats and soldiers of misfortune.

It's off with your head
if the rebels keep seeing your face.

The puppet government's call
to all headless horsemen:
Come To Iraq
you are uniquely qualified.

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Day 220 -- Very hard Hep C treatment side effects last night, They were of the flu sort. They bothered me all night. And I don't feel great this morning But its Fidel Day July 26 so I promise to be a good guerrilla warrior and chop my way through this jungle of lousy days.

Saw Bringing The War Home on MSNBC, a documentary on the young John Kerry. It offers some interesting revelations. Much of the negative stuff you hear about him these days, especially the minimizing of his war record and the attacks on him for becoming an antiwar activist and leader, was concocted in the Nixon White House by Henry K, Charles Colson and the Watergate Gang.

Last night's cinema was Daredevil, based on a small time Marvel Comic Book super hero. Daredevil is a little like Spiderman, he is tortured by guilt, he's also blind, so there's a bit of angry Hulk and he briefly has a girlfriend in kinky leather -- so enter Cat Person. Most of the characters, good guys and bad, in this small epic are depressed and have a powerful capacity for inducing boredom. Fortunately the plot is saved by the unanticipated appearance of an upbeat hired killer who specializes in darts and really loves his work. He is even willing to kill for free, just because its fun.

Is this why some Red State folks will vote for George "Killer" Bush. He loves his brutal work and he isn't boring?


posted by stew at 8:29 AM


wSunday, July 25, 2004


My central website is http://hometown.aol.com/stewa/stew.html
For information on Stew Albert's new book --"Who The Hell Is Stew Albert?" go to http://www.redhen.org/stewalbert.htm or Amazon.com. If you want a signed copy get in touch with me at stewa@aol.com
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In For Stormy Weather

Thirty years ago
the WUO,
clandestinly published a book
Prairie Fire,
The Politics of Revolutionary Anti-Imperialism
it was the last time
revolution in our lifetime
seemed possible,
instead
we have George W. Bush
a uniter not a divider,
giving spare change
to Ralph Nader.

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Nineva Airlines

Jonah visited an old friend
in a distant city.
At the airport
a Security Whale
searched his luggage thoroughly
spotting a book bearing the title
"Who the Hell Is Stew Albert"

The Whale read the title out loud,
an existential question was asked,
Jonah would not respond or preach.
And the Whale swallowed him
again.

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Day 219 -- it was super hot yesterday --it felt like Hep C treatment side effects X2. In fact all the unpleasantness merged, I couldn't tell the difference. The Interferon needle really kicked in last night and I feel sick this morning --but the outside temperature has come way down so I'll probably have a better day.

We watched Feardotcom. It's about a snuff web site that absorbs people's soul energy, pulls them into its script and then brutally murders them. Apparently punishing them just for Watching. Filmed with endless intimate and off-beat non-stop carmera angles and in darkest noir, tunnels, unlighted interiors and nightmares, you are left wondering if this is all a hip critique of passive consumerism or a joyous celebration of murder chic. We have certainly come a long way from Disney and Tron.


posted by stew at 10:06 AM